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Don’t be shy when it comes to networking

Don’t be shy when it comes to networking

25th April 2017 |

By Shirley Hermiston, business support manager As a new business, it’s important to get your name out there. If you have been working with one of our business advisers here at the North East...

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Business mentors – good for business

Business mentors – good for business

29th March 2017 | ,

I recently read with interest an article by Katie Bulmer-Cooke, highlighting the need for mentors to share their knowledge with others who are just starting out in the world of business. I was delighted...

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Choosing the right space for your business

Choosing the right space for your business

27th March 2017 |

By Donna Surtees, Centre Manager Looking for premises is an exciting time for any business, especially if it’s your first. But you shouldn’t be swayed by the first place you see, do your research,...

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Could a franchise help shape your career?

Could a franchise help shape your career?

9th March 2017 |

By Shirley Hermiston Here at the BIC I get to hear about all kinds of weird and wonderful business ideas. We often talk about the reasons people start a new business and where the...

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Does size really matter? The best kept secret for job seekers

Does size really matter? The best kept secret for job seekers

27th February 2017 |

By Lilla Preston There is a best kept secret for job seekers – that there are big opportunities for you in small businesses. My own career has taken many turns, most I have to...

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Starting a business… Is it for you?

Starting a business… Is it for you?

31st January 2017 |

By Shirley Hermiston The start of a New Year is usually the time when we allow ourselves to take a step back and reflect on the year that’s just ended. A time to take...

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Networking and the microwave mentality

Networking and the microwave mentality

30th January 2017 |

By Lilla Preston I heard it said recently that business networking is ‘inherently distasteful’ because its objective was for the sole purpose of self-advancement. This does seem a somewhat extreme viewpoint. Or you just...

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BIC goes smarter with platinum award

BIC goes smarter with platinum award

12th January 2017 |

By Louise Hardy  As we begin a new year, I am delighted to share that the North East BIC have been awarded the Platinum Accreditation Award by Go Smarter to Work (GSTW). Over the...

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12 days of start up: Day twelve, what now?

12 days of start up: Day twelve, what now?

22nd December 2016 |

By Shirley Hermiston  This series of blogs will help us countdown to Christmas providing some useful information to those of you who are considering self-employment and hopefully get you on the right path to...

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12 days of start up: Day eleven, Location, location, location

12 days of start up: Day eleven, Location, location, location

22nd December 2016 |

By Shirley Hermiston  This series of blogs will help us countdown to Christmas providing some useful information to those of you who are considering self-employment and hopefully get you on the right path to...

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