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Space to Think

I’m a huge believer in the importance of community and a sense of belonging. In business it affects our approach to everything from how we build our teams to our relationships with customers. I firmly believe the power of conversation shouldn’t be underestimated and I’ve been in my element in my new role supporting and connecting our brilliant tenants across the BIC business centres. I’ve loved seeing how our new monthly Tenant MeetUps and social events have been embraced and look forward to building on this new community vibe with you all.

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New to self-employment? Don’t lose sleep over your pending self-assessment. Join other business owners at this practical workshop on 9th November. Or check out this step-by-step video that’s been tried and tested by our advisers.


Building your first website or want to make more of an existing site? Google Analytics is your best friend when it comes to monitoring performance and making smart marketing decisions. The BIC’s inhouse web specialist Chris Walker suggests this beginner’s guide as a great place to start.


Want more local leads for your business? Chris recommends checking your listing on Google My Business. If listed incorrectly, you could be sending customers in the wrong direction, so it’s well worth the effort. Learn how here.

David disrupts industry norms

Former police officer David has seen for himself the complexity of people’s struggles with substance abuse. That’s why his workplace drug testing business has an unexpected twist.

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The BIC becomes home for Georg

Insurance expert Georg left South Africa in search of a better life for his children. He’s found it here in Sunderland, where he’s building a UK customer base for his business.

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Rural business finds urban solution 

Off-grid getaways are the main attraction for guests at Alasdair’s luxurious cabins. But the success of his business depends on staying firmly online. So, what’s his secret weapon? 

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BIC Social

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The BIC is passionate about supporting the Armed Forces community and so, we were honoured to attend a special dinner at Ramside Hall recently in recognition of our commitment and ongoing pledge to champion veterans and reservists as well as the wider Armed Forces community.

The team felt privileged as we were presented with a Silver Award at the covenant event celebrating the Ministry of Defence's Employer Recognition Scheme.

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Cath's back in business

If you’ve been to the café at the BIC recently, you’ll no doubt have spotted a few lovely changes. That’s because Cath’s in the driving seat as new owner! 

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Only Human

Real life as an entrepreneur

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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?  

8th Nov Sunderland as a Living Wage City

9th Nov Getting to grips with self-assessment

10th Nov Google Digital Garage: Sunderland

14th Nov Creating a winning business plan

17th Nov Intellectual Property Surgery

21st Nov Managing your business finances

23rd Nov Completing your self-assessment

28th Nov How to secure your first customers

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