An apprentice secures permanent position to the North East BIC

An apprentice has secured a permanent position at The North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) ahead of completing his studies.

Chris Brown, from Sunderland, finishes his business administration apprenticeship next month and has already been offered a permanent place at the BIC as an Administration Officer.

Chris, 19, first came to the BIC in 2011 whilst studying for his NVQ with Milltech Training, Chris explains: “I chose to do an apprenticeship after school because I think it’s a great way to achieve on the job experience as well as gaining my qualifications. 

“I really enjoy working at the BIC and within my team it has given me a lot of confidence; we are like a little family and I am so pleased I have been taken on permanently.”

The BIC’s Chief Executive and Chairman of North East Enterprise Agencies Ltd (NEEAL), Paul McEldon added: “Chris is a wonderful example of illustrating that if you put in the hard work you will reap the benefits. Chris is proving to be a valuable member of the team and I look forward in continuing to watch him grow and develop.

“The BIC and NEEAL are dedicated to building successful businesses in the North East and as such recognise how important it is to constantly grow and bring in new skills to assure we retain innovation and stay at the cutting edge.”

Sarah Spence, Communications Executive

North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) 

0191 516 6073

The North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) offers a wide range of support services for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Located on the banks of the river Wear in Sunderland, the BIC’s 14-acre site includes a range of flexible office and industrial space to let, in addition to superb meeting and conference rooms. Our experienced advisers help hundreds of new businesses to start up each year by providing one-to-one business advice, mentoring and support, training courses, workshops and seminars. Whatever your needs and whatever stage of development your business is at the BIC is here to help. 


About Us

The North East BIC is an organisation which exists to support businesses of all sizes and at all stages of their development. Our experienced advisers help hundreds of businesses to start up each year, and the 14-acre BIC site can accommodate over 160 companies in purpose-built offices and work spaces. This space is made up of over 200 offices and units, from 150-6250 sq ft and applicable to most sectors, inc biotech . We also offer an array of technical resources and support services, as well as superb meeting / conference facilities fitted with the latest video conferencing equipment. In addition the site is able to offer companies excellent broadband, hosting and telecoms facilities. Established in 1994, our facilities have grown in line with the needs of industry and include specific incubator units to help nurture aspiring businesses. We also offer immediate support, information and advice on any enterprise-related issues. The BIC also has excellent links with a wide range of organisations on a regional, national and international level ensuring our clients benefit from access to the latest business opportunities. Specialities Business support services, business space and accomodation, business skills and training, enterprise in education, product design and development, ICT services, marketing services