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: Designing for Cybersafety - 10am on Friday 20th May

We're living in an increasingly connected world, but sadly not all of these connections are ones we'd choose. We sometimes end up being connected to those who don't have our best interests at heart. But like all risks, they can be designed out, so this is where you can find out more about how to make your products, services and digital assets secure against current and future

  • Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade - Design Challenge.
  • The Engine Room are looking for a senior designer to join their award winning team in West Yorkshire.
  • 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



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!

  • Rise and Design: Designing for Net Zero. Watch the livestream from the 11th June 2021
  • Design Means Business (as Usual): Online design conference to inspire and inform
  • Rise and Design: Subsea Robotics - Livestream from 6th April 2021.
  • Rise and Design: Service Design - livestream from 14th May 2021
  • Rise and Design: Wearable Technologies. Watch the Livestream from 12th March 2021


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