Information on how businesses can access critical grants to support innovation will be delivered during Aycliffe Business Park’s next News & Networking meeting this week.
Aycliffe Business Park Community (ABPC) will host its first 2022 event at Glow – formerly known as the Xcel Centre – on Friday, February 18 (from 8.15am).
As part of it, two representatives from the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) will deliver a presentation on the grants it has available to local businesses to invest in innovation.
The BIC is a bustling business community, situated off the A19 in Sunderland.
First opening its doors in June 1994, with just 22 units, the BIC has grown in line with the needs of the region, helping to create over 7,500 jobs region wide.
In 2015 the BIC opened Business Central Darlington, an exciting new development which can accommodate up to 64 businesses and one stop support services to help kick start enterprise development in the area.
The BIC’s innovation manager Gillian Middleton and innovation adviser Debbie Simpson will speak to attendees at the Aycliffe event this Friday.
They’ll talk about eligibility criteria for BIC grants, the areas they cover, when they run until and how they can be utilised.
ABPC business development manager Martin Walker said: “We’re always looking for ways to bring useful and valuable elements to our events, and the innovation grants available through the North East BIC is another example of that.
“We look forward to Gillian and Debbie’s presentation and hope our delegates can learn from it – and, ultimately, benefit their business.”
Friday’s News & Networking event will also include a Q&A feature with Craig Jones, CEO of Aycliffe-based Rare Rockets.
There’ll also be networking and breakfast available.