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Support and advice with starting your business | North East BIC

Starting Your Business

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If you think self-employment is for you and are looking to start your own business the North East BIC is here to help.

Every year hundreds of people come to talk to our advisers about starting their own businesses.  Some people do it because they think it is time for a change, others have spotted a gap in the market. And of course there are those that think they can make lots of money.

“Over the last year starting up my printing business Ynot Print & Design has moved smoothly with the professional advice from the BIC. They have a dedicated team who can help you from start to finish. I would recommend BIC to all new starters in business and to businesses that are established but need a bit of guidance.”

Whatever your motivation, commitment is essential as is good planning.  Here at the BIC, we have a dedicated start up team of advisers who can help you decide if running your own business is for you.

We appreciate that starting your own business is a big step, life changing in fact and we want you to be sure it is the right decision for you.

We can help you find answers to the all important questions like…‘is now the right time for me?’, ‘is there a market for my product?’ and ‘will I be better off working for myself?’

Our wide range of start up services include one to one advice from expert Business Advisers on:

  • Business Planning
  • Market Research
  • Funding
  • Setting up in business and legal requirements
  • Registering as self-employed
  • Tax, VAT and keeping records
  • Ongoing help and support
  • New Enterprise Allowance

Business Support Programmes

Andy Brown, business adviser

The North East BIC also offers a range of FREE business support training programmes to help you become your own boss.

We are currently running the following start up courses:

Start Up Workshops
Our frequent workshops help you explore whether self-employment is the best option, providing an opportunity to meet with other like-minded people, a chance to ask questions and listen to answers to questions you’ve not yet thought of!

New Enterprise Allowance
If you are over 18 and want to start your own business then the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) could be for you.

“Fantastic team over at Sunderland BIC. I came out of my meeting with my mentor Ron Anderson with a whole new insight on where to go with my ideas and made my first sale within hours of walking out and am currently talking to some very large companies who are hopefully wanting to advertise on my Facebook page and website “I’m bored. North East”


Marketing Magic
Free seminar to help maximise your marketing efforts

Get in touch:
If you are thinking about becoming your own boss, and would like confidential and independent business advice and support call: 0191 516 6149 or

Book an appointment with an adviser