Sally and Sandra from the Business Innovation Centre visited the tenants at the Sutherland Institute selling cakes for Children in Need. As usual the tenants digged deep into their pockets and in total £40 was raised towards the charity.
The home of the European Commission was the destination of a delegation from the BIC team recently. They travelled to Brussels to attend the Annual Conference of the European Business Network entitled “New Frontiers for Innovative Entrepreneurs”. The event was attended by over 350 delegates from all over the world, delegates with Innovation in the forefront of their activities.
The team met no less than fourteen European Commissioners and discussed varying subjects from Creative Digital technologies and Environmental Sustainability to European investment and Internationalisation. It was an excellent opportunity to highlight to the European Commission the innovative capabilities of our region and the opportunities for investment. It was also an opportunity to help direct future European policy.
Jackie Millward, Geoff Riley & Sandra Butterworth
What is The Start-Up?
‘The Start Up’ is a competition delivered by Youth Enterprise, BES and Stoke-on-Trent City Council and partners to award Stoke-on-Trent’s best and brightest entrepreneurs.
The competition is open to business start-ups that have been trading since September 2013 and to entrepreneurs with new business ideas that are looking to start in the near future.
Once the competition closes on the 28th October 2015, all applicants will need to pitch their business ideas to a local selection committee. These short pitches will take place on the 12th & 13th November 2015.
The full field of competitors will then be invited to the finals evening at the Kings Hall in Stoke on the 18th November 2015.
Here FOUR finalists will be selected to pitch live to our panel of high profile judges.
Associates and prize partners
We would like to thank The Start Up competition’s main associate Stoke-on-Trent City Council for making the Start-Up possible. We would also like to thank the Newcastle Business Improvement District and Newcastle Borough Council for donating this year’s additional prize option of free retail space in Newcastle under Lyme’s town centre!
The Event is being project managed by local companies Youth Enterprise CIC and Business Enterprise Support and we are very grateful for their time and effort in organising what promises to be a great night.
How do you join the competition?
To join The Start Up and be in with your chance of winning up to £8,000 grant funding, download and complete the application and state aid forms below.
The completed forms need to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight 28th October 2015.
If you have any questions about the competition or sign up process, please email our application team by clicking the “Enter The Competition” link below, or contacting them on 01283 537 151.
Jackie Millward, Sandra Butterworth and Geoff Riley of the Staffs BIC have just been made Fellow Members of the Institute of Enterprise & Entrepreneurs
The Institute’s programmes and qualifications are built on the extensive research that underpins the SFEDI® National Occupational Standards and the expertise of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs, the UK’s only professional Institute dedicated to enterprise.
BIC staff are all accredited SFEDI employees and Jackie, Sandra and Geoff are also members of the Institute of Business Consulting and the BIC itself is annually inspected by the European Business Network to ensure that the company and its employees reach the required European standard to deliver its services and help companies grow through Innovation.
The BIC offers advice on new product ideas, innovation, new product development, finance, IT, new product marketing and leadership in innovation and is well versed in funding opportunities available to local businesses.
In the last three years the BIC has awarded £500,000 to Staffordshire businesses to help them employ additional personnel and grow through Innovation.
The BIC runs a number of self development workshops on Innovation and networking events to inform delegates on new technologies or new schemes for investment in Innovation.
The BIC also offers Incubation Facilities to help people set up in business with their ideas.
The Units are fully furnished and come complete with an IMac computer and broadband access and the support of BIC staff. They are currently £45 plus VAT a week with the first month free of charge.
The BIC has three offices in Staffordshire – Newcastle under Lyme, Stafford and Stoke on Trent
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