New centre aims to give businesses ‘a great location’ in Sunderland

Craig Downs, left, and BIC director of operations David Howell.
Craig Downs, left, and BIC director of operations David Howell.
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Sunderland’s North East Business and Innovation Centre (Bic) has opened its second spin-off.

The regional enterprise agency and business complex in North Hylton recently opened its first satellite centre in Darlington.

The Hub provides a fantastic state-of-the-art facility that will appeal to local businesses wanting space in a great location.

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Now it has further strengthened its property portfolio with the opening of a new business centre across the A19.

The Hub, on Crowther Road in Washington, is in an ideal location for new businesses, less than two minutes’ drive from the A1, and boasting excellent road access to major regional towns and cities including Gateshead and Newcastle in the North and Durham, Darlington, and Newton Aycliffe to the south.

The building is situated in three acres of development land, lying over two floors and consisting of 17 modern, air-conditioned offices, ranging from 150sq.ft. to 1,000sq.ft, and offering meeting space, conference facilities as well as help and advice to start up and established businesses.

Director of operations David Howell is in charge of the Bic’s property portfolio.

“The North East Business and Innovation Centre continues to grow and, in addition to our Sunderland site, I am pleased to announce we now have locations in Darlington and Washington,” he said.

“The Hub provides a fantastic state-of-the-art facility that will appeal to local businesses wanting space in a great location.

“As well as free car parking on site, tenants will benefit from our 21 years’ experience of supporting local businesses, offering flexible tenancies, as well as the ability to grow and expand by tapping into a range of additional support services provided by the North East Business and Innovation Centre.

“The building opened last week and we have already welcomed our first tenant, Craig Downs from marketing and PR agency, Up North Communications.”

Craig said he had been on the look-out for a new home for his business for a while before discovering the Hub

“I’d looked at other office space in the area,” he said.

“But I needed somewhere that was not only in an ideal location but also offered me the flexibility to grow my business, and that’s exactly what the Hub offers.”

For more information on the space available at the new Hub, contact the North East Business and Innovation Centre’s senior space adviser Donna Surtees on 0191 516 6068, e-mail thehub@ne-bic.co.uk or visit the Hub’s website www.thehubwashington.co.uk