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Space to Think

We’re buzzing at the BIC about recent news that we’ve secured funding to deliver a range of business support initiatives. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) investment is a huge boost to Sunderland and will enable us to do more of what we love best – nurturing businesses in our communities. There’ll be inspiration and advice for anyone who’s ever dreamt of being their own boss, as well as support for businesses who have ambitions to grow, innovate and expand but don’t know where to turn or how to do it. We’ll share more details soon. In the meantime, read more about Sunderland’s windfall here. 

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BIC Shortcuts

Getting started with search engine optimisation (SEO) for your website? The BIC’s inhouse web specialist Chris Walker suggests this step-by-step tutorial to get your SEO strategy off the ground.


Headache with health and safety? Steph Drinkald has been part of the BIC’s Health and Safety Team for the past ten years and says the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) website is her go-to place for factual, easy-to-follow content.

Don’t be put off by the dreary design, Steph gives it top marks for: key points of the law, tools to create risk assessments, policies and procedures, up-to-date statistics and a free alert service on changes to the law. She’s also a big fan of the section on stress and mental health in the workplace and the store selling health and safety books and posters.  

Toys mean business for dad

Teacher turned entrepreneur David has launched a toy subscription scheme that keeps kids entertained, prevents toys heading to landfill and is kind to parents’ pockets. 

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BIC Social

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Have you ever wondered about the unique challenges that the British Army might have to face? Our team of BIC staff and tenants recently delved into the dynamic world of our Armed Forces and gained valuable insights during an immersive ‘Army Business Challenge Day’.

This transformative experience was designed to sharpen problem-solving abilities and enhance team building and leadership skills whilst demonstrating that every day people could join the Army Reserves.

Find out how we did

Ali’s new community workshop

Upcycling specialist Ali turns the unloved and unwanted into something bespoke and beautiful. Now she’s sharing her skills with others from her new BIC workshop. 

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Only Human

Real life as an entrepreneur

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Trevor does things his own way

Low costs and high standards. That’s the mantra of award-winning funeral director Trevor who has followed his dream to set up a business that reflects his personal approach. 

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Giving children’s homes a voice 

A national organisation dedicated to achieving the best possible futures for young people living in children’s homes has moved to our sister site Business Central in Darlington. 

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Net Zero

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By Lilla Preston, Special Projects Manager


We all know that reducing carbon emissions is crucial to mitigating the effects of climate change and setting us on a path to a more sustainable future.

However, the task sometimes feels overwhelming so I wanted to share reasons why I was reenergised after recently attending the Net Zero North East England Summit 2023, a year since its launch. 

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

4th Dec How to start a business

6th Dec Christmas Connecting for Good

11th Dec Creating a winning business plan

11th Dec An introduction to social enterprise, co-ops and charities

13th Dec Managing your business finances 

14th Dec BIC Christmas Fair

15th Dec Intellectual Property Surgery 

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