Delivered by a unique consortium of local delivery partners across the city, the Enterprising Sunderland programme will provide advice and support to those already running – or looking to run – their own business. It brings together like-minded organisations, all of whom are embedded within the city’s communities, to ensure this support reaches those who really need it, especially those in some of the city’s harder to reach communities.
Offering free one-to-one advice, workshops, events and online resources and information, we want to make enterprise accessible to people from all walks of life.
The consortium, led by the North East BIC, is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and has been set up to help stimulate business start-up, growth and innovation.
Encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship.
A better place, a strong community, a local voice.
Supporting young people to start a business.
eLearning programmes, in your own time.
Promoting the BME voluntary and community sector.
An innovative, accessible and inspirational university.
Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.
A better future for Sunderland and its citizens.
Julie McDowell, 52, has worked as a florist for numerous city stores since she started out working at a flower stall in The Bridges back in 1989.
This year however will mark the first time that Julie has been her own boss, after she finally grasped the nettle and realised her dream of opening her own boutique.
Since then, she has been blown away by the response the business has received from customers both new and old, near and far.