Growth Lab

Insights from real businesses to power your growth

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Want to make your business even better? Want to work smarter and learn from other business owners who’ve introduced innovative ways to survive and thrive?

Our free Growth Lab events are designed to help and inspire in a fun, friendly and inclusive environment. Popping up at different business venues across the city, they’re open to businesses of all sizes and sectors in the Sunderland area.

Growth Lab

No business left behind!

Growth Lab

Whether you run a fish and chip shop or a financial services company, all businesses have the potential to be better. Come along to:

Relevant people in relevant places

Debbie Simpson & John Forth

These informal and honest sessions feature a panel of business owners who’ll open up about the approaches they’ve taken to tackle common challenges and make positive changes. Entrepreneurs who’ve made mistakes, learned lessons and tasted success – and are prepared to share their journey to help yours. Hosted by Debbie Simpson and John Forth, Business Advisers at North East BIC, Growth Lab Sunderland builds on our hugely popular event series in Darlington.


Growth Lab events are fully-funded by the BIC’s Enterprising Sunderland programme and open to Sunderland-based businesses.

We’d love to see you there!

Next Event // Mon 17 Jun,

Growth Lab Sunderland: Engineering and Manufacturing

Learn the secrets of success from a panel of Sunderland businesspeople who’ve been there and done it.

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Enterprising Sunderland is the overarching title for this business support programme and is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Delivered by a unique consortium of delivery partners in Sunderland working together to stimulate entrepreneurial ambition across the city.
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