BIC Start Up

Support to start your business

Got a burning desire to turn your hobby into a business? Tiring of night shift or the monotonous 9-5 routine?

Our free, fully funded business support could help you finally become your own boss.

We have over 27 years’ experience helping people like you become entrepreneurs, so you can rest assured you’re in good hands.
From registering a business to securing your first customers, BICStartUp advisers will guide you through the entire journey of starting and growing your business.

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How can the BIC help?

Offering free, one to one support to help you launch your company. Over the years we’ve supported over 4,000 business, with 75% still trading after three years. No matter how far you are in your thinking, we can help.

Support to suit you

Your questions answered

Fancy working for yourself but not sure what you want to do? We’ll help you to explore your options.

Have a brilliant idea but don’t know how to bring it to life? We’ll give you the knowledge and confidence to get started.

Speak to one of our advisers

Want to begin your journey into self-employment? Contact our advisers today to talk through your options.

Customer Stories

Thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs have trusted the BIC to help them realise their potential since its founding in 1994, including…

Support is also available for...

Starting a Social Enterprise

Want to change the world as well as your employment status? If you have a business idea that could help improve society, then our tailored social enterprise support could help you become a social entrepreneur.

Sunderland West Area​

Resident of West Sunderland? If so, our dedicated West Area start-up programme means you can receive one-to-one support from one of our expert business advisers at a time and place that works for you.

Get your business off to a flying start...

Free workshops with everything you need to know about starting a business.

*These workshops are available for anyone setting up a business in Tyne & Wear, Durham or Northumberland.

Business Start Up Workshops

Funding and finance

One of the first challenges entrepreneurs often face when launching a business is raising money to get their concept off the ground.

You’ll be asking yourself…

  • How much money will I need to start?
  • Where can I find investment or get a loan for my business?

Your startup adviser can talk to you about the many sources of funding and finance to support your new business, including ….

Transmit Start Up Loans

Transmit Start Up Loans

The BIC is a an approved business partner of Transmit Start Ups to deliver loans up to £25,000.

Tide Bank Partnership

Tide Bank Partnership

Get a sole trader or limited company bank account and we’ll put £50 in to the account to get you started.

Start Up and Business Support

“It’s daunting setting up a business and the BIC really gave me the confidence to make the leap. Although I’d had the idea for some time, you’re always asking yourself: ‘Why has nobody done this before? Why has it not been allowed? Is there actually a market for it?"

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Speak to one of our advisers

Want to begin your journey into self-employment? Contact one of our advisers today for an informal chat about your options.

We are a Delivery Partner within the ‘Enterprise Support in the North East 2’ 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.