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Internation Support - Lilla Preston

Lilla Preston – Special Projects Manager

The North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) is an active member of the EBN association, an international network of around 150 quality-certified EU|BICs and 100 other organisations that support the development and growth of innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs.

The North East BIC is one of 8 quality-certified EU|BICs in the UK, and the only BIC in the region.

The EBN network consists of many types of organisation including business support organisations; universities and business schools and innovation parks from across the world. A community of professionals, EBN members share knowledge and best practice on supporting businesses to grow in the most effective, efficient and sustainable way.

As a result we offer access to added-value services, opportunities, information and international contacts that ensure we deliver high quality services.

  • Recognised through a quality certification scheme, as a BIC we are mandated to provide the support needed to plan successful and commercially viable businesses
  • Benchmarked and compared against other BICs across the world and gaining valuable feedback
  • Access to business tools and ‘best practice’ publications e.g. Living Labs, International Growth, Innovation and many more

International Hub

As active members of EBN we identify cross-border connections and opportunities for our customers and partners. Offering entrepreneurs and companies easy and practical solutions to internationalise.

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To find out more about our Soft Landing and internationalisation services contact or tel +44 (0)191 516 6021