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Starting Your Business

starting a business advice and support

If you think self-employment is for you and are looking to start your own business the North East BIC is here to help.

Every year hundreds of people come to talk to our advisers about starting their own businesses.  Some people do it because they think it is time for a change, others have spotted a gap in the market. And of course there are those that think they can make lots of money.

"The BIC offers all the advice and guidance you need. Ron was great with writing a business plan and doing my accounts. He guided me through and made it a logical process."
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We can help you find answers to the all important questions like… ‘is now the right time for me?’, ‘is there a market for my product?’ and ‘will I be better off working for myself?’ We appreciate that starting your own business is a big step, life changing in fact and we want you to be sure it is the right decision for you.

Free one to one business advice

Our wide range of start up services include FREE one to one advice from expert Business Advisers on:

  • Business Planning
  • Market Research
  • Funding and start up loans
  • Setting up in business and legal requirements
  • Registering as self-employed
  • Tax, VAT and keeping records
  • New Enterprise Allowance

Business Support Programmes

Start Up

Come along to our free start up workshops to learn the basics of running your business.

Local Business Events

We have an active calendar of interesting events which are beneficial to all businesses.

Networking Opportunities

Grow your network and meet like-minded local business people and entrepreneurs.

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a European exchange programme which offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to spend 1-4 months in a European business. Entrepreneurs in the early stages of planning or starting a business, or who have been trading for less than three years can participate in the programme.

Get in Touch

If you are thinking about becoming your own boss, and would like confidential and independent business advice…

…or give us a call on 0191 516 6111

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Upcoming Events
8:30 am Chamber Local: Sunderland & Sout... @ NE BIC
Chamber Local: Sunderland & Sout... @ NE BIC
Oct 17 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Chamber Local: Sunderland & South Tyneside Monthly @ NE BIC | England | United Kingdom
Specifically 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[...]
9:30 am Start-Up Workshop: Cash Flow and... @ North East BIC
Start-Up Workshop: Cash Flow and... @ North East BIC
Oct 17 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Start-Up Workshop: Cash Flow and Record Keeping @ North East BIC | England | United Kingdom
The 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[...]
9:30 am One Sunderland Small Business Au... @ North East BIC
One Sunderland Small Business Au... @ North East BIC
Oct 18 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
One Sunderland Small Business Autumn Conference @ North East BIC | England | United Kingdom
Welcome to the One Sunderland Small Business Autumn Conference. This is our first ever Autumn event and we have a fantastic day lined up for our attendees. The event is sponsored by our partner the Federation of Small Businesses and[...]
8:00 am Waste Smart 1 Day Course @ North East BIC
Waste Smart 1 Day Course @ North East BIC
Oct 24 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Course Title: Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) FOUNDATION Level Waste Smart Learning Outcomes: This course is delivered in one full day by Enviro UK Consultants and covers the following:- Waste as a resource – what is waste? Environmental impact of Waste[...]
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We are a Delivery Partner within the Enterprise Support in the North East project. This is a business start up project being delivered across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham to assist potential entrepreneurs to become enterprise ready and ultimately self-employed. This is part funded by European Regional Development Fund.