Peterlee and Seaham firms have been confirming their places at the very first Durham Oktoberfest small business incubator.

Delivered in conjunction with Business Durham’s Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP), the Incubator Zone is designed to support small and growing businesses in County Durham.

Whether they have previously lacked the funds, skills or experience to exhibit at major events like Oktoberfest, the Incubator Zone provides a package of small business support including workshops, one to one support, basic exhibition materials and a space at the event itself.

Now in its tenth year, the Durham Oktoberfest event showcases the very best of the engineering and manufacturing sectors in County Durham and beyond.

Local businesses already on the Incubator Zone exhibitor list include Harbro Electrical, Steadfast Group, Protech City, Shred Direct, Horizon PPS and Moralbox.

The project delivers a 15-hour support package for local SMEs and has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

A small number of places are still available. Visit durhamoktoberfest.org.uk for details.