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2023 Industry Training Calendar

Below you will find details of all Visit County Durham training opportunities.

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Dark Skies Business Support

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Dark Sky Tourism Business Development
Dark Skies Workshop Presentations 2023
Richard Darn - Presentation
Shane Harris - Presentation
Presentations from an information sharing session, covering advice about dark skies in our area and why they are so important, why visitors should choose this area, business case studies, marketing tips and how to make your business dark sky friendly.
Astro-Tourism Business Support
Richard Darn Presentation
Shane Harris Presentation
Lucy Wearne Presentation
Richard Darn presentation discusses why stargazing is good for the visitor economy and how to get involved.
Shane Harris presentation discusses the North Pennines Stargazing Festival.
Lucy Wearne presentation informs you on how to become a Dark Sky Friendly business.
Richard Darn – An insight into why star gazing is popular
Alison Lamb – A case study of Doe Park Caravan site who have the Dark Sky Friendly Durham accreditation talk about why star gazing has benefited their business.
Richard Darn. – Talks about how to get Dark Sky Friendly ready with your business.
Gary Lintern – Provides a virtual visit and insight into Durham’s dark skies and what you can see for yourself.
North Pennines Star Gazing Festival - Shane gives an overview of the North Pennines Star Gazing festival.
Astro Tourism Business Support
As astro tourism becomes more popular with visitors to the county, make sure your business s able to adapt and take full advantage of this opportunity.
The presentations here will help give an insight into why Durham is popular for star gazing, the impact it can have on your business and how to get involved.
Star Gazing and Durham’s Dark SkiesHow to make the most of the Stargazing and Durham Dark Skies target market.

Marketing Support

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Photography and Video
Part 1 – Photography and Video Composition
Part 2 – Camera and Phone Settings
Part 3 – Taking Basic Photographs and Video
Arty Inc takes you through the basics of taking photography and video to help promote your business.
Google MyBusiness/Facebook
1. Google MyBusiness Tutorial
2. Google MyBusiness Verification Process
3. Creating a Facebook Business Page

4. Design Graphics
Arty Inc takes you through the steps to promote your business through Google MyBusiness and Facebook.
Social Media to Benefit Your BusinessHow you can work with us to improve your own social media content.
Online Booking: Now is the timePresentation explaining why businesses should be looking at using an online booking system
Walking and CyclingHow to make the most of the Walking and Cycling target markets.

Energy Efficiency

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Lucy Wearne – Energy Efficiency in Visitor Economy Recovery 
Caroline Hearne – Business Energy Efficiency Project  
The Business Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) at Durham County Council provides fully funded (free to the business) on site energy audits of premises and a written report outlining the steps recommended cutting energy usage. These can range from behavioural change through to suggestions to replace existing equipment with more energy efficient models which, while needing a capital investment, will pay back with savings over time. BEEP also have a small grant pot where a percentage of the cost of works carried out can be provided in the form of a grant. 

For more information on any of the Visit County Durham events and training opportunities listed above, please call 03000 261 220 or email