Sunderland West

Resident of west Sunderland with ambitions of launching your own business? If you’re thinking of starting a new business but don’t know where to start, the Sunderland West Area programme could help you finally embrace self-employment.

Supported by Sunderland City Council, ERDF and the Northern Powerhouse Initiative, the Prospecting for Enterprise programme provides intensive, one-to-one support and workshops for those who are ready to set up on their own.

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Voluntary and community organisations support
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This dedicated project provides free business advice to local residents located in the Sandhill; St Chads; St Annes and Silksworth wards.

We cover everything from coming up with business ideas to business planning, marketing and much more including:

How can the BIC help?

We offer free, one to one support to help get you trading. Over the years we’ve supported over 4,000 business, with 75% still operating 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

Regular business advice drop-in sessions are held in various local community venues. Please get in touch for details.

We also provide free business skills workshops to help develop your business knowledge and build new contacts too.

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

“The advice of Kevin Marquis and Ernest Dodds has been spot on. They are real experts in social enterprise so walked us through the differences in being set up this way and showed us how to apply for funding. Proof of their good advice came almost immediately, when our bid for a grant of £6,296 was approved by the Hays Foundation, meaning we can guarantee at least one monthly workshop for a whole year.”

Nicola Pallas / North Start Counselling

Social Enterprise Support