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: Industry 4.0

We hear a lot about Industry 4.0, but what does it actually mean? To help answer that we’ve brought together some leading companies who are exploring and implementing new processes at the interface of manufacturing and digital technology.

  • Job vacancy - Product designer
  • The Engine Room completes overhaul of 19th century mill
  • Latest updates from Pd-m
  • North Chocolates have released the Icon Gift box designed by Decide
  • Marketing Verses Sales – get the best of both
  • Newton Press Winners of 'Greener Business' at the Environment Awards 2018
  • Who should really take responsibility for a company’s internal brand experience? By Darren Evans, founder and director of Huddersfield-based brand consultancy The Engine Room
  • Design Network North celebrates 100th Rise and Design event
  • Design agency Stop. makes bar soap cool again through branding
  • Do you need a digital detox? Blog by Urban River


Peacock Carter

Peacock Carter are a specialist web design and ecommerce agency based in the North East of England. Established in 2006, they have worked with clients including the University of Edinburgh, NHS, the Scottish Government.



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!

  • Service Design Workshop: With Helena Hill
  • Rise and Design- Applications of Immersive Technologies
  • Access Innovation- IP Event
  • Access Innovation- Value Based Innovation Workshop
  • Scaleup North East - 'Should I Scale Or Should I Grow?'


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