The RISE Entrepreneurship programme is an exciting initiative that offers support to entrepreneurial refugees resettled in the North East.

It is a joint effort between North East BIC, with our decades of business expertise, strong local ties and networks, and TERN (The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network).

The RISE programme offers a range of exciting opportunities to entrepreneurial refugees, including group and 1 to 1 sessions in person and online to help to develop and test your business idea.  

TERN Refugee Business Support
TERN Entrepreneur

The support includes

Are you a refugee living in North East England?

Do you dream of starting your own business?

The RISE programme helps you to start your business in the North East and is open to both beginners in business as well as experienced entrepreneurs who are not currently trading.


You must have refugee status and be living in the North East to be eligible for this programme and not currently trading.

Speak to the RISE team

To find out more email Sarah Ahmadi at Sarah.Ahmadi@ne-bic.co.uk or call 0191 516 6011.

Meet the team

Social Enterprise Support

Sarah Ahmadi
Project Manager

Sarah delivers workshops and events to promote refugee-led businesses.

Ernest Dodds

Ernest Dodds
Social Enterprise Adviser

Ernest supports entrepreneurs with 1 to 1 advice to plan, register and launch a business.

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