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Space to Think

The word ‘change’ can conjure up thoughts of fear, dread and apprehension, which can often deter us from exploring new opportunities. I mean, let’s face it, we all want an easy life, don’t we? But change is a constant in the workplace. Having worked for several organisations over the years wearing a number of different hats, I’ve had great insight into this. My ability to adapt was put to the test recently though when faced with a major shake-up of the way I work, where I work, who I work with, and what I work on. How have I coped? Click here to find out! 

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BIC Shortcuts

Worried whether you need to pay tax on eBay, Vinted and Airbnb income? There’s been lots of talk online about HMRC’s recent changes to data collected on sellers using online marketplaces. Though many sellers won’t be affected, those running side hustles earning more than €2000 (currently about £1,700) need to take note. Our team of business advisers recommend this article to find out if you’re affected.

Would your SME benefit from free support to adapt to challenging conditions? If you’re based in Sunderland or Gateshead, be sure to check out Citylife Business Support, a new programme designed to increase business resilience and safeguard jobs. Tap into powerful expertise to elevate your plans, support a priority project or help complete an important piece of work.

Innovative alternative for swim training

Former international swimmer Constantin is bringing revolutionary teaching methods to the region. His innovative swim school here on site features an endless pool and cutting-edge tech.

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BIC Social

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Community is everything here at the BIC. With over 1,000 people on site in Sunderland, we’re an eclectic bunch from will writers to wellness experts and everyone in between! Our diversity is our strength and we’re keen to celebrate that whenever we can.

We began the new year with our monthly Tenant Meet-Up event where we were joined by over 25 businesses, each eager to get to know their BIC neighbours better and talking all things business.

These events continue to go from strength to strength and we're looking forward to hosting more this year.

Ear expert expands

Audiologist Dan spotted a gap in the market while working for the NHS in 2020. Fast forward to today and demand for his expertise continues to fuel the growth of his business.  

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Only Human

Real life as an entrepreneur

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New home for Total BGS Energy

From its humble beginnings at a desk in our coworking hub to today’s new office for a team of 25, Total BGS Energy is going for growth at the BIC.

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International success for manufacturer

A landmark distribution deal with global engineering giant Bosch has led fire safety product manufacturer Vox Ignis to double its footprint here at the BIC.

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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

6th Feb How to start your own business

6th Feb Connecting for Good: Sunderland

7th Feb Help! I need a business plan

8th Feb Armed Forces Covenant Sign up event

13th Feb Stand out from the crowd

21st Feb An introduction to social enterprise, co-ops & charities

8th Mar Business finance for social entrepreneurs

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