BIC Social Enterprise

In business for good? We’re with you, every step of the way

Whether you’re an established social enterprise, you’re about to launch, or you’re still in the dream phase, we know all about the stuff that keeps you awake at night.

That’s why people like you rely on us for expert guidance, support and advice. And because North East BIC is itself one of the region’s longest-established social enterprises, we’ve most likely seen whatever it is the world is throwing, or about to throw, at you.

So, social enterprise, cooperative, not-for-profit – wherever you fit, or hope to fit, in the world, we’re here to help you.

Which means you can get on with what you do best – being in business for good.

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What is a Social Enterprise?

Social enterprises and cooperatives are driven by their social or environmental mission, reinvesting or giving away their profits or surpluses in the name of their social purpose.

These purpose-led enterprises exist in every sector, contributing £78bn to the UK economy every year and employing 2.3m people in 131,000 organisations large and small (SEUK Report 2023). Which means that someone, somewhere is facing, or has faced, exactly the challenges you are now. And that’s where our expert advice and support comes in.

Our projects

Wear Together

Do you dream of starting or growing your social enterprise in Sunderland? This is the place for you!

Social Enterprise

Support, workshops, and grants for individuals and community groups striving to make positive social change.

Business with Purpose
North of Tyne & Gateshead

Supporting established social enterprises in Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside and Gateshead.

Social Enterprise Network

Learn and connect with likeminded entrepreneurs with a passion for making positive change in Gateshead.

"My coaches are the best thing about it all. They brought a rare kind of energy, kindness, strength and clarity that can only do brilliant things for our businesses.”

Speak to one of our advisers

Want to start or grow your social enterprise? Contact our advisers today.

Starting a Social Enterprise

Do you dream of setting up a social enterprise or cooperative, but don’t know where to start?

That’s okay, our dedicated team know all about supporting people setting out to start purpose-led businesses just like yours, guiding you with everything from business and financial advice to funding and legal structures.

And because we help people like you every day, we know all about your passion to make a positive difference in the world. So whether you’re just starting out with an idea or you’ve already developed a business plan, we’re with you at every step, helping you to make the difference you dream of.

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Growing a Social Enterprise

Yes, it’s challenging out there, which is why we’re here to guide you through every challenge and more.

We share your ambition to make change happen where it’s most needed. Maybe you need specialist support to keep your enterprise or cooperative afloat? Maybe you’re entering a growth spurt and need help scaling or with resources?

Whatever you’re facing, we’re here to help. Our team are specialists in business growth planning, securing grants, diversifying, winning new contracts and identifying the most appropriate legal structures and governance.

In business for good

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Sunshine Co-op

“Some days, you just have to create your own sunshine.”

Watling Spaces

Watling Spaces

“I’m passionate about the arts being available to everyone.”

Speak to one of our advisers

Want to start or grow your social enterprise? Contact our advisers today.

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