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About Durham Sparks

Durham Sparks is a regional development programme designed to connect aspiring entrepreneurs and existing community enterprises with business coaches within County Durham.

Funded by Durham County Council and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and led by Finchale Consortium, the services delivered through the project are structured to identify relevant support and interventions enabling both start-up and existing enterprise from across County Durham to achieve its goals and objectives. Discover More

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Finchale Consortium"We aim to make a real and lasting difference to communities across County Durham"

Who We Are

Finchale Consortium is an established partnership of North East based community enterprise and business support professionals with a wealth of experience and knowledge in supporting business growth across the region.

Each Consortium Partner brings a unique provision to the wider partnership and has specific roles and responsibilities building on their areas of expertise, experience and engagement of target groups and geographies across County Durham.

Meet the Team

Our team has a wealth of experience that we use to make sure you get the best possible support, no matter what size your business is. We’re passionate about what we do and are driven to make an impact in the communities of County Durham, inspiring budding community entrepreneurs, supporting growth and igniting community enterprise across County Durham.
  • Mel Pears
  • Roger Guy
  • Jeff Warren
  • David Beavis
  • Carol Meredith
  • David Jackson
  • Katherine Briggs
  • Iain Kay
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  • Mel Pears
  • Roger Guy
  • Jeff Warren
  • David Beavis
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  • Carol Meredith
  • David Jackson
  • Katherine Briggs
  • Iain Kay
  • Mel Pears
  • Roger Guy
  • Jeff Warren
  • David Beavis
  • Carol Meredith
  • David Jackson
  • Katherine Briggs
  • Iain Kay

"We help local people and groups by driving and supporting enterprise across County Durham"