Rise of the Entrepreneurs


Durham International Festival of Enterprise is a new business event aimed at showcasing enterprise and innovation in Durham and the North East of England. It offers an amazing opportunity to gain practical advice and inspiration from experts and peers who will share their views, advice and experiences on growing and succeeding in business.

The 3-day Festival will attract 900 like-minded entrepreneurs, owners and managers, bringing them together to engage, collaborate and learn.

For full programme information and to book a place, please see ;



Euroscola filming underway


The winning pupils in our Euroscola competition met at the Tyneside Cinema’s pop up film school this week to film their scripts. The competition entrants had been asked to script a news broadcast which presented the outcome which they would most prefer as a result of negotiations between the British government and the countries of the EU. The script had to include the use of European languages other than English.The finished films will be uploaded here shortly.

The pupils from Consett Acdamey, Emmanuel College, The Hermitage Academy and Teesdale School will travel to Strasbourg to take part in a day of debate on 23 March with 600 other young people drawn from across the 28 member states.

Preparing for the Year of the Rooster


The British Council has produced an exciting curriculum resource pack for primary schools which wish to mark the Chinese New Year with their pupils. 2017/18 is the Year of the Rooster. Those born in the year of the rooster are very observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented. Roosters are very confident in themselves.

The resources are available at






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To mark the Russian Christmas, we wanted to share with you two short films which were produced by pupils at schools in County Durham and which tell the story of the Snow Maiden, Snegurochka.

Snegurochka is the symbol of Durham’s twin Russian city, Kostroma. Made of ice and snow she was gifted to a childless couple but had an unfortunate end when she played too close to the fire. She is now seen at Russian Christmas time accompanying Father Frost, Ded Moros.

New Year …

Europe Direct North East England hopes that 2017 will be a very productive and peaceful year for all of our readers.

We are pleased that our work programme for 2017 has been approved and that we are able to offer a number of events to schools and organisations in the North East region. In the course of the next twelve months we are planning to support or run the following events :

Durham International Festival of Enterprise  – 28 Feb – 1 March http://www.durhamfestivalofenterprise.co.uk/

Song for Europe 23 May – A song competition for KS2 pupils

European Investment Funding – May/June 2017 – a guide to investment funding for businesses

Future Business Magnates Award Presentation – awards evening for schools involved in FBM 2017


European Apprentice,  July 2017 -A languages and employability event for KS3 pupils

Beat the rat race, November 2017 – Languages and employability event for KS3 pupils

We will also be offering schools the chance to bid for a £75 grant to mark the European Day of Languages on 26 September and supporting the Association of Language Learning with its European Day competition.Exhibition1