Destination Growth

Early stage founders from Newcastle and across the North East - jump onboard for 2 immersive days of inspiration, learning and connections!

When starting a business, one of the most important actions is to start building connections to your local business community to get you and your business known.

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In a recent survey, early stage founders tell us that they struggle with knowing:

1. Who/why/what is strategic networking?

2. What’s available in the local area?

3. Who else is running a business to learn from?

4. Which awards to apply to and are they worth it?

In partnership with Newcastle City Council and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 programme, FIRST are delighted to announce a 2 day immersive journey to explore those 4 questions.

09:30 – 16:30 - Day 1: Inspirational Bus Tour

A whistle stop tour of entrepreneurial spaces across Newcastle, from the creative and arts, to botanical and purposeful. Venues to be announced shortly.

09:30 – 16:30 - Day 2: Opportunity & Ideas

Starting the day with an award winning workshop then lunch, followed by an afternoon learning then doing strategic networking. Full itinerary to be announced shortly.


This event is open to registered startup businesses across Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Northumberland and Gateshead who have been operating less than 2 years. For further information, please contact

Fully funded tickets will be allocated to eligible businesses, to register your interest to see if you qualify, click here for tickets and one of the team will be in touch.

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