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.

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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: Applications of Immersive Technologies

ImmersiveTechnologies which include Virtual and Augmented Reality were first developed over thirty years ago, but are now starting to come into their own as a tool for business. They are widely used in education and training, architectural and urban design and in heritage sites, as well as the more common gaming applications.

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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 - 6 Feb
  • Rise and Design: The Importance of a Brand
  • Rise and Design: Sustainable Packaging
  • An Introduction to Strategic Roadmapping - 6 March 2019
  • Robotics and AI Industry Showcase in Manchester, 12 March 2019


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