By Paul McEldon, chief executive
The North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.
In 1994 the doors were first opened for business and the centre immediately became home to 22 SMEs, as the BIC grew in size more organisations moved here and today over 140 businesses of all shapes and sizes take the occupancy at the BIC. Throughout this time the BIC’s core purpose has always remained the same; to provide a range of support services which makes the BIC became so much more than just another business park.
I took over the reigns as chief executive thirteen years ago and during this time I have seen many changes both politically and economically but our route map has always been consistent, helping businesses succeed in the region.
The BIC connects with many organisations and will continue to do so in the future as and when opportunities arise. Tedco, a subsidiary of the BIC, being the most recent together assisting Sunderland South Tyneside’s pledge to collaborate on economic growth. As members of the European Business and Innovation Centre (EBN), the BIC regularly welcomes delegations from across the European Community. The BIC is more than just a business centre it has become a community for businesses to network and work together, allowing new partnerships to arise for growth.
A community which stretches from our headquarters just of the A19 in the heart of the region throughout our connections in the European Business and Innovation Centre (EBN) network, which collectively is helping to bolster enterprise activity on a global scale.
As an organisation the BIC has continued to expand, launching new programmes as well as adapting to keep up to date ensuring we cater for businesses to ensure growth and continued success. Open Space, our new coworking hub, was launched earlier in the year and it is wonderful to see the variety of businesses working from this modern environment.
If you would like to view space here at the BIC or you are just about to start on the path to self employment then do get in touch, our dedicated team are always happy to help.
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