a support programme for first-time exhibitors

Now in its third year, the Incubator Zone supports small and micro businesses in County Durham.

Over the first two years, over 35 exhibitors signed up to a support package that was designed to help them become exhibition-ready. You can see last year’s Incubator Zone in the video below).

To qualify for the Incubator Zone, your business must:

  • Be located in County Durham
  • Have limited or no experience of large exhibitions
  • Be actively looking to grow
  • Employ around 10 people or less
  • Be available to attend workshops and 1-to-1 sessions
  • Meet certain funding criteria (see below)*
  • Pay a match-funding contribution of £300

The programme is delivered by the Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP) and Buzztastics, who will provide a support package that includes help and advice on exhibiting at a large exhibition for the first time. You will also receive basic exhibition materials, designed and printed ready for the show.

*The Incubator Zone is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERFD) and your business must meet certain criteria to qualify for the funding. Approximate programme value £1,200. Approximate funding amount £761.



2x1 exhibition stand at EMCON


Support package including workshops and 1-to-1 support


Basic exhibition materials (banner stand and flyer)


Support and guidance on the day


Post-event support and networking opportunities


Inclusion in marketing and PR materials




EMCON is delivered by







Engineering & Manufacturing Network |  S8 Tanfield Lea Business Centre | Stanley | County Durham | DH9 9DB | Company no. 09485596




 Get in touch - 0191 603 0075

Engineering & Manufacturing Network |  S7 Tanfield Lea Business Centre | Stanley | County Durham | DH9 9DB | Company no. 09485596