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Space to Think

It takes a lot of time and energy to set up a business, so it's well worth the investment to protect it legally. An event planned by our tenants Samuel Philips Law reminded me of a business owner who came to us in a panic because he'd discovered his staff were setting up their own company. He realised he couldn't prevent this as he'd cut corners and not issued any staff contracts. It's an extreme example, but it certainly underlines the dangers of ignoring employment law. Fear not though! You can equip yourself with up-to-date knowledge on all things employment law related at this latest event providing free legal support to Sunderland businesses. I'll be there and I'd love to see you too!

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Growth Lab Sunderland launches

Businesses will open up about the challenges they've overcome to help others on their road to success in a new series of pop-up events. The relaxed format was a big hit in Darlington so we're excited to bring it to Sunderland.

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Rethinking your options post redundancy

It might be up there as one of life's most daunting experiences, but could redundancy present an opportunity to finally become your own boss? Meet some entrepreneurs who've done just that with help from the BIC.

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BIC Shortcuts

Do you see WhatsApp as simply a platform for chatting with friends and family? If so, you could be missing out on loads of brand awareness benefits for your business. Check out this article to find out how to use WhatsApp for Business as a way to connect with customers in a personalised way, provide smooth customer service and increase brand engagement in your business.

Tired of guessing pet names, birthdays and first loves in an attempt to sign into accounts? Passwords are not only a headache, but also a security vulnerability in an age of data breaches, hacks and phishing attempts. Passkeys are hailed as a safer and easier alternative. But what are they and how could they help your cybersecurity-conscious businesses? Our IT Manager Colin recommends this quick read as a good place to find out.

New office has decorators feeling 'fresh as paint'

The BIC was a 'no-brainer' as a new HQ for family-owned business AGP Decorators, as that's where the company's story began...

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Support and opportunities for Armed Forces veterans

A number of local businesses have pledged their unwavering support for the nation's armed forces and veterans at a momentous event held here, at the North East BIC.

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Lyndon's cafe-based counselling service

Lyndon joined our Veterans RV programme to turn his counselling skills into a business. Now he's supporting the mental health needs of the city from a Sunderland cafe.

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Side hustling our way to the top

Side hustles are on the rise in the North East... so much so, that Sunderland has been crowned 'Side Hustle Capital of the UK'! The BIC's Gillian Middleton delves deeper...

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Only Human

Real life as an entrepreneur

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Below is a selection of a diverse array of workshops and networking sessions across the region.

For a full list of events, visit our website and search for events in your area or by topic, including: Start Up Sunderland > Growth Lab > Social Enterprise Sunderland > Social Enterprise Durham > Social Enterprise Gateshead


09th Apr Connecting for Good

15th Apr How to start a business

26th Apr Growth Lab Sunderland


29th Apr An introduction to social enterprise

1st May Connecting for Good

2nd May Help! I need a business plan


11th Apr Stand out from the crowd

23rd Apr Together we're stronger

21st May Funding for beginners

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