Being a part of Design Network North is invaluable to your business growth. We have some of the finest entrepreneurial minds in our network and you could be one of them.

Expand YOUR Knowledge

As well as Rise and Design events, which include presentations for regional experts, you can expand your knowledge through our training sessions. Have a question? Use our Boomerang service to throw a question out to thousands of designers and manufacturers across the North East


If you want your business to get noticed - we can help. We can work with you to develop a tailored mailshots to send out to our wide database, and to place job opportunities, adverts and PR stories on our website. Co-hosting Rise and Designs, doing a pitch and jumping right into networking are great ways to stand out.


Up to 100 people attend Rise and Design every month, and it’s a great opportunity to network. If there is anyone in particular you would like to meet, we’re more than happy to make introductions. We host a range of specialist seminars, masterclasses and events exclusively for members, giving you more opportunities to meet people.

meet the network

Rise & Design is Design Network North's FREE monthly networking meeting at the Northern Design Centre in Gateshead

On the 2nd Friday of every month, members and non-members alike, meet to discuss design practices and discover new business opportunities.

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Rise & Design: Sustainable Packaging

We'll be hearing from companies that are leading the way in sustainable packaging, whether that's by developing green plastics, or finding new ways to package food. We'll be hearing from companies that are leading the way in sustainable packaging.

  • Brand specialist in-line for prestigious industry recognition
  • March sees launch of Social Tech North East
  • Be-Smart Solutions diversify the business into the arts & craft retail market
  • Bring it On
  • RM Manufacturing's re-brand by Urban River
  • Packaging design supports brewery growth with Co-op listing in 56 stores
  • Job opportunity - Creative Designer – Design Team
  • BAZAAR Group launch new range
  • Vacancy: Applications Engineer or technical sales role


Octo Design

Octo Design are a highly experienced industrial design consultancy, creating products and experiences that customers value, which converts into solid commercial advantage for their clients.


When becoming a member not only will you be a part of a thriving network within the region, but you will also access a whole host of great benefits which we hope will help to grow your business, increase your knowledge, expand your reach and grow your network. With opportunities for extra advertising and PR, access to workshops and expert advice, tender alerts and dedicated mailshots, this membership package could be just what you are looking for!

  • Design Thinking for Growth Workshop - 8 May 2019
  • Rise and Design: Sustainable Packaging
  • An Introduction to Strategic Roadmapping - 6 March 2019
  • Rise and Design: Saving Lives through Design
  • Rise and Design: Innovations in Health


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