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Space to Think

If you’ve not been to the BIC recently, you’re in for a lovely surprise! The atrium area – the very heart of our community – has had a total transformation. New seating, lighting and furnishings have created a more relaxed, calm and sociable space. But the renovations are about more than good looks alone.  Our design decisions have been driven by the desire of our tenants to collaborate more. Not only does the atrium and café area now offer more flexibility, our coworking facility has also been relocated to this connected space. Click here to see the new look or why not pop in for a cuppa? We’d love to see you.

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Imagine if your business could tap into the next generation of creative talent without breaking the bank. You can! Sunderland Creatives Agency connects local businesses with the fresh talents of students from the University of Sunderland and the expertise of professional city-based agency Creo Comms. You get affordable access to creative services AND you’ll provide a vital career stepping stone to a promising student. Win-win!

Running a business and managing your own social media channels? The BIC’s Marketing Coordinator Joanne Sinclair suggests bookmarking this handy list of 11 social media trends you need to know in 2024 to stay ahead of the game. Find out what’s driving audience behavioural patterns and where your brand fits in the mix. 

Tony's business steps up a gear

Former RAF serviceman Tony has become the first success story from our Veterans RV programme. His decontamination business has new contracts, a new home and big plans…

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Julie’s very own Spring bloom

For 30 years, Julie has served shoppers of Sunderland with their favourite bouquets and blooms. Finally, she has a store to call her own after following her entrepreneurial dream. 

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Community at heart of rescued cinema

Actor David has returned to his native North East with a vision to bring a bit of London theatre to Leadgate. He’s helping to lovingly restore the derelict Roxy to its former glory.

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Project aims to stimulate business start-up and growth

A new business support programme delivered by a consortium of delivery partners has launched to help grow new and existing businesses across the city of Sunderland.

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Hands up if you love a pop-up! We love to give a platform to local makers, bakers, crafters and sellers of all varieties. We regularly turn our atrium area into a mini marketplace to help support small and young businesses and to give a retail opportunity to our tenants.

Plus, there’s nothing like the smell of fresh-out-the-oven goodies to bring a bit of magic to those milestone dates in the calendar like Valentine’s Day and Christmas.

Fancy popping up a stall yourself? Pop in to reception or drop us a line.


Every day’s a school day when you’re in business! Below is a selection of events coming up in the next month to include workshops and networking.

For a full list of events, visit our website and search for events in your area:

Sunderland Start Up > Sunderland Social Enterprise > Durham Social Enterprise > Gateshead Social Enterprise

5th Mar Connecting for Good: County Durham

5th Mar Directors Duties, Responsibilities and Obligations

6th Mar How to Start a Business

14th Mar Veterans in Business Networking

15th Mar Intellectual Property Surgery

20th Mar Managing your Business Finances

28th Mar Growth Lab Sunderland: Retail & Hospitality

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North East BIC

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