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.


Next rise nd design


14 October - Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

We all need good ideas whether at home or in business, but having the right ideas at the right time isn’t that simple. This Rise and Design, held as part of the Northern Design Festival will show you how to get creative and to inspire innovative ideas in your business and your workplace.  



  • Design Network North member to exhibit at world’s largest security exhibition
  • Collaboration with region’s innovation centre brings new contract win for North East healthcare firm
  • Design Network North bringing Rise and Design to the Northern Design Festival 2016
  • DNN member ievo providing biometric security for Shetland construction site
  • Cottam Brush design new Rapid Lock system
  • Office space to rent in Blaydon-upon-Tyne
  • Get your paws on a Great North Snowdog!
  • Jo’s design is an Absolut success
  • LDT Design up for prestigious award
  • A week with Design Network North



Ardmore Craig

Ardmore Craig is an engineering design and consultancy business specialising in offshore and subsea equipment for the marine, offshore renewable and oil & gas sectors. The business also undertakes product design activities for onshore industries such as construction and rail.




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!



  • Rise & Design 72: Where Do Good Ideas Come From?
  • Rise & Design 74: Pecha Kucha
  • Idea Generation Masterclass

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