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Christmas Message from the BIC 12th December 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, Paul McEldon, Chief Executive of the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) takes a look back over some of the highs the year delivered.  The year began...

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Learning organisations must continue to value qualifications 1st March 2012

In the past few weeks the government has announced that many GCSE equivalent qualifications won’t count towards future school league tables. As someone who has witnessed first-hand how beneficial vocational courses can be in...

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Start up Sunderland is fertile ground for co-working 1st March 2012

As technology increasingly ‘shrinks’ the world in many ways, with new communication methods seemingly springing up everyday, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that the majority of real business still takes...

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Mixed messages should not detract entrepreneurs 30th January 2012

A recent report by the Centre for Cities places the North East’s three biggest centres of population at or close to the bottom of a league table for business start-ups. Out of the 64...

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Our pledge to support Sunderland’s bid to host Green Investment Bank 16th January 2012

Earlier this month Sunderland City Council announced the exciting news that it has entered the race to host the world’s first Green Investment Bank.As chief executive of the North East Business and Innovation Centre...

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Farewell to the Hero 1st January 2012

Some say there are no accidents in life; that everything happens for a reason and that no matter how you choose to perceive things they happen so that you can learn from them.When a...

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Ringing out the old and welcoming in the new 1st January 2012

Looking back over some of the highs and lows of the year… There is no doubt that the heavy snow fall in January 2011 resulted in a frosty start for many businesses, and whilst...

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Support still exists despite shifting landscape 7th December 2011

Whilst the current transformation of Business Link will undoubtedly alter the landscape of enterprise in the region, I feel it is an important time to acknowledge the wealth of support which will still exist...

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Slipway Centre renovation plans 1st December 2011

As part of our ongoing refurbishment of the BIC site, the Slipway Centre, which is home to 22 of our tenant companies, is set to undergo a transformation over the next month.A new façade...

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As the storm continues, don’t bury your head in the sand 28th October 2011

As developments in Europe spark fears of a severe deepening in the global financial crisis, leading to speculation over the possibility of a double dip recession, the humble SME must again prepare to be...

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