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Space to Think

We’ve been having a little refresh of your bulletin from the BIC. Welcome to the first edition! Each month, we’ll bring you tools, tips and inspiration to make it easier to run and grow your business. You’ll spot some new features sharing valuable information as well as the backstories of brilliant real-life entrepreneurs onsite and out in the wider business community.

We'd love to know what you think and if you'd like to get involved in a future edition. Drop us a line here.

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Pssst…! If you’re an ambitious creative business, don’t miss the North East Create Growth Programme. Six months of intensive support is on offer, including work with industry mentors and investors. All for free!

Trophy cabinet envy? You’ve got to be in it to win it! Nominate yourself for the Sunderland Business Excellence Awards before Friday 6th October.

Look to the horizon with the City of Sunderland Business Festival, an opportunity and inspiration-packed programme of events running from 10-12 October. We're especially looking forward to hearing from footballer-turned-entrepreneur Gary Neville and we can't wait to run Reimagine Sunderland as a Cooperative City, a free workshop that puts you in the driving seat to consider ways to make the city thrive.

Samuel Phillips Law invests in Sunderland

One of the region’s longest established law firms has opened a dedicated Sunderland office here at the BIC as part of plans to expand and support the city’s growth. 

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Crucial choices for parent carers

Life changed overnight for Tracey and Dan Huggins when their daughter was diagnosed with additional needs. Now they’re making sure other parent carers don’t face the same struggles.

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Engineers expand North in vote of confidence 

Bristol engineering consultancy Clarkebond is the latest company to see the potential of Darlington’s redevelopment, investing in a Northern base at our sister site Innovation Central.

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Net Zero

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How do you feel when you read the words Net Zero? It’s easy to feel disconnected from the real issues of climate change when such a corporate-sounding term is used.

But as businesses we need to take action right now to minimise our impact on the planet. Here at the BIC, Green White Sice is a great example of a start-up that’s committed to doing just that using our Business Action Toolkit. Take a look to see how it could help your business too.

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Organic growth the perfect birthday gift

Gillespie Recruitment is celebrating its second anniversary in business here at the BIC with a series of new contract wins, word-of-mouth recommendations and a growing team of experts. 

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Only Human

Real life as

an entrepreneur

Meet Stacey Merchant


Every day’s a school day when you’re in business! Why not dip into one of our events to get answers to challenges, explore opportunities and make valuable new contacts?  

4th Oct The business benefits of being a cooperative

11th Oct How to start your own business

11th Oct Reimagine Sunderland as a cooperative city

13th Oct Test my idea

20th Oct Intellectual Property surgery

9th Nov Getting to grips with self-assessment

28th Nov How to secure your first customers

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