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Events

The North East BIC are very proud to have an active calendar of exciting and original events which are beneficial to all businesses.

We regularly host networking events, presentations, courses, exhibitions, workshops and more.

Please sign up to our mailing list and follow us on Twitter for event updates.

For more information on any of our events listed, or if you would like to host your own event here, please contact us via email events@ne-bic.co.uk

Dec
18
Tue
Start-Up Workshop: Getting Customers @ North East BIC
Dec 18 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Getting CustomersThis is a FREE lively, interactive seminar packed full of practical marketing hints and tips aimed at anyone looking to start a new business. You’ll receive some great marketing advice on how to plan, target and get customers.

From leaflets, brochures, exhibitions, tenders, social media, PR and websites… the list of marketing methods can be endless and it can be daunting trying to select the most effective for your new business. However, it is essential to identify your customers and create a plan on how to reach them.

This session covers:

• An Introduction to marketing
• Selecting customer groups
• Planning your marketing
• Selecting the right marketing methods
• Creating a marketing mind map

You will also be provided with an overview of how to select and plan your marketing to ensure you get the most out of your marketing budget.

Eligibility:
This workshop is fully funded and only available to those who have not already started a business.

Delivery by Paul Finch of Pulse Creative Marketing

Dec
19
Wed
Chamber Local: Sunderland & South Tyneside Monthly @ NE BIC
Dec 19 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Chamber Local Sunderland and South TynesideSpecifically designed for you to meet in a relaxed environment, with other businesses within Sunderland, South Tyneside and the surrounding areas. You’ll have the chance to catch up with your local Relationship Manager, Julie Charlton, to find out more about the benefits of membership and how your business can take advantage of belonging to the Chamber network.

As business time is increasingly precious, Chamber Local events take place in different locations across the region, to save you not only travel time but the cost of travelling to other areas.

Who should attend this event?

This event is open to everyone across the North East and is predominantly attended by our SME members in the areas where the event is held. Non-members can attend this event once to meet the local Relationship Manager and to find out about the Chamber and meet some of our great members.

To register to attend click here>>

Jan
8
Tue
Navigating the NEPO Portal @ North East BIC
Jan 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

NEPO Business ClubThe NEPO Portal is the North East Procurement Organisation’s online tendering system; it enables suppliers to search for tendering opportunities and submit electronic bids for work with our 12 North East local member authorities. If the value of the work is likely to be less than £50,000* then local authorities will request quotations. Many of the North East local authorities do this through the NEPO Portal.

The NEPO Portal Contract Register holds details of all awarded contracts and frameworks across the North East region. You can find out who is currently delivering contracts that you might be interested in…and when that contract is likely to expire. Contact details of current suppliers are available if you are interested in becoming part of their supply chain and of procurement officers managing specific contracts.

In addition to the freely available on the Portal, NEPO is holding one-to-one appointments for suppliers to come and meet with our Portal experts for individual tailored support.

A new version of the NEPO Portal was launched last year and these sessions will provide all the information you might need to help you navigate the changes.

Whatever your size of business or whether you are completely new to the NEPO portal, or are an existing user keen to improve your knowledge, book your free one-to-one appointment today.

The Navigating the NEPO Portal sessions will provide participants with:
•Greater confidence in using the Portal
•An understanding of the Quick Quotes system and which local authorities use it
•How to find the Contracts Register, download it and search it for information
•Step by step guidance covering a range of Portal tasks such as registering your account, submitting a quotation or tender, participating in eAuctions, and more.
• An informal setting in which to ask specific questions relevant to your own needs
•The opportunity to give NEPO feedback so that we can improve the user-experience for others

The one-hour sessions will be led by our NEPO Portal administrators – Sarah Marshall or Scott Bell – both of whom have several years of experience supporting businesses in using the NEPO Portal.

Who should attend? The sessions will be of interest to any organisation that feels they would benefit from hands-on support in using the NEPO Portal.

How to Register: Click here >>To book your free appointment, please choose your preferred time from the Ticket Options and register. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Contact Us: If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Lynn Atkinson at NEPO email: enquiries@nepo.org (0191 261 3929)

* North East local authorities’ thresholds vary according to their own Financial Standing Orders.

Jan
10
Thu
Start-Up Workshop: Cash Flow and Record Keeping @ North East BIC
Jan 10 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Start up workshopThe aim of the workshop is to raise awareness of financial matters relevant to anyone planning to start a new business.

This session will cover:
• Cash flow
• Profit and loss
• Personal survival budget

You will also be provided with information to ensure you keep relevant records to fulfil HMRC requirements as well as exploring the different recording systems that would best suit you and your business.

Eligibility:
This workshop is fully funded and only available to those who have not already started a business.

Jan
14
Mon
Heels Network @ North East BIC
Jan 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Heels NetworkLadies, are you looking to promote your business and make new connections? 

Why not pop down and join us for a friendly, informal ladies networking event.  

The event hosted by Helen Trueman is designed to bring together female business owners from across the North East for a friendly and informal networking breakfast, with the sole aim to increase your brand awareness and grow your network!

Sponsors Jasper’s Corporate Catering will be providing the tea,coffee, herbal drinks and delicious breakfast, so why not come and join us.

To register your attendance click here>>

Jan
15
Tue
Start-Up Workshop: Getting Customers @ North East BIC
Jan 15 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Getting CustomersThis is a FREE lively, interactive seminar packed full of practical marketing hints and tips aimed at anyone looking to start a new business. You’ll receive some great marketing advice on how to plan, target and get customers.

From leaflets, brochures, exhibitions, tenders, social media, PR and websites… the list of marketing methods can be endless and it can be daunting trying to select the most effective for your new business. However, it is essential to identify your customers and create a plan on how to reach them.

This session covers:

• An Introduction to marketing
• Selecting customer groups
• Planning your marketing
• Selecting the right marketing methods
• Creating a marketing mind map

You will also be provided with an overview of how to select and plan your marketing to ensure you get the most out of your marketing budget.

Eligibility:
This workshop is fully funded and only available to those who have not already started a business.

Delivery by Paul Finch of Pulse Creative Marketing

Jan
16
Wed
Chamber Local (Sunderland & South Tyneside) @ The New Sundial, Sea Road
Jan 16 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

NEECC Chamber Local - South ShieldsJoin your local Chamber Relationship Managers, other Chamber Colleagues and local Chamber Members at this relaxed mix and mingle networking event.

You will meet with other businesses within your area and have the chance to catch up with your relationship manager to find out more about the benefits of membership and how your business can take advantage of belonging to the Chamber network.

As business time is increasingly precious Chamber Local events take place in your local area to save you not only travel time but the cost of travelling to other areas.

Who should attend this event: Any Chamber member looking to meet other members in and around South Tyneside and Sunderland.

Who will I meet at this event?: Predominantly this event is attended by a mix of our Essentials, Small and Medium members in the local area from all sectors.

This event is also open to non-members who would like to find out more about the Chamber. Non-members can may only attend one Chamber event only.

Dress code: We do not stipulate a dress code at our events but recommend attendees dress as though they were meeting clients. We recommend smart casual as a minimum.

The event is kindly supported by the New Sundial South Shields click here to book to attend>>

Jan
24
Thu
Start-Up Workshop: Cash Flow and Record Keeping @ North East BIC
Jan 24 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Start up workshopThe aim of the workshop is to raise awareness of financial matters relevant to anyone planning to start a new business.

This session will cover:
• Cash flow
• Profit and loss
• Personal survival budget

You will also be provided with information to ensure you keep relevant records to fulfil HMRC requirements as well as exploring the different recording systems that would best suit you and your business.

Eligibility:
This workshop is fully funded and only available to those who have not already started a business.

Jan
29
Tue
Start-Up Workshop: Getting Customers @ North East BIC
Jan 29 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Getting CustomersThis is a FREE lively, interactive seminar packed full of practical marketing hints and tips aimed at anyone looking to start a new business. You’ll receive some great marketing advice on how to plan, target and get customers.

From leaflets, brochures, exhibitions, tenders, social media, PR and websites… the list of marketing methods can be endless and it can be daunting trying to select the most effective for your new business. However, it is essential to identify your customers and create a plan on how to reach them.

This session covers:

• An Introduction to marketing
• Selecting customer groups
• Planning your marketing
• Selecting the right marketing methods
• Creating a marketing mind map

You will also be provided with an overview of how to select and plan your marketing to ensure you get the most out of your marketing budget.

Eligibility:
This workshop is fully funded and only available to those who have not already started a business.

Delivery by Paul Finch of Pulse Creative Marketing

Feb
7
Thu
Start-Up Workshop: Cash Flow and Record Keeping @ North East BIC
Feb 7 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Start up workshopThe aim of the workshop is to raise awareness of financial matters relevant to anyone planning to start a new business.

This session will cover:
• Cash flow
• Profit and loss
• Personal survival budget

You will also be provided with information to ensure you keep relevant records to fulfil HMRC requirements as well as exploring the different recording systems that would best suit you and your business.

Eligibility:
This workshop is fully funded and only available to those who have not already started a business.