Is your business affected by the current crisis, we want to help?


Being a part of Design Network North can be invaluable to your business growth. We have some of the most creative and entrepreneurial people in our network, and connecting with them could be just what you need to take your business to the next level.

Expand YOUR Knowledge

In addition to our Rise and Design events, which include presentations from experts on a whole host of topics, you can expand your knowledge through our training workshops. Do you have a tricky question, or need to find a supplier? Use our Boomerang service to throw a question out to thousands of designers and manufacturers across the North.


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


Up to a hundred people attend Rise and Design every month, from businesses and organisations across the North, and it’s a great opportunity to network and make new contacts. If there's 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 even more opportunities to meet people.

meet the network

Rise & Design is Design Network North's FREE monthly networking meeting,  usually held at PROTO in Gateshead, and in various venues across the North East and Yorkshire

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

Next rise nd design

Rise & Design: Opportunities in the new World - 10am on Friday 23rd October

We'll be hearing about the new opportunities that are emerging in various sectors. Whether that's new products or components that are now required, new processes and ways of working, or challenges that are still to be solved. And most importantly, how you can be best placed to take advantage.

  • Can rebranding a company help shift in-house attitudes?
  • Funding for Digital Solutions to Business Challenges
  • Wonderstuff are looking for an experienced designer to join their team in Newcastle
  • Lazenby Brown are looking for a brilliant junior designer
  • Centre for Advanced Instrumentation ( Durham University) are looking for a Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Wonderstuff create award winning packaging for North East based Black Storm Brewery.
  • BBC1's The Customer is Always Right are looking for products to feature
  • HP expands 3D channel programme in the UK with GoPrint3D partnership
  • Altogether Creative are hiring a Mid – Senior Weight Designer.
  • Why sleep is the key to a healthier, happier and more productive workplace?



Founded in 2005 Pd-m is a highly experience innovation, product design, prototyping and manufacturing business. Their skills and experience cover various industry sectors including industrial, consumer, nursery, medical, electronics and healthcare.


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!

  • Northern Clothing and Textiles Network event - 20th March 2020
  • Rise and Design: Drop In Sessions. Every Friday at 11am
  • Design Means Business (as Usual): Online design conference to inspire and inform
  • Rise and Design: Opportunities in the New World. 23rd October 2020
  • Northumbrian Water Innovation Festival - 14th - 17th September 2020


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