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New jobs and promotions at enterprise agency BIC.

A REGIONAL enterprise agency has just taken on four staff in its frontline services team.

The North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) has recruited new people, including Anna Pope from Washington, Tyne and Wear.

She has joined as a receptionist, where she welcomes all clients and visitors through the main doors of the 14-acre business complex.

The 21-year-old has previously worked for Lloyds TSB and 2Touch in customer service roles. Anna said: I have always worked with members of the public in the past and I really enjoy meeting and greeting new people.

"I wanted to join the BIC as I had heard so many things about the company, and I can honestly say as soon as I stepped through the door I felt right at home."

The BIC has also taken on Susan Stephenson as room hire co-ordinator, a role which involves looking after the BIC's meeting rooms and handling enquiries for seminars and training. Susan, from Sunderland, was unemployed for two years before joining in March, after working for Northern Rock in a variety of different roles for five years.

Joining Susan in BIC Services is Gabrielle Ophield, 18. who first joined the BIC through a modern apprenticeship scheme originally for just three months, but she was so successful that the BIC have now taken her on full time as an additional room hire coordinator. Gaby said: I feel since joining the BIC that I have gained in confidence and my career is now in full swing. I enjoy the variety that my job role brings and the people I meet along with it."

Sunderland handyman, David Holdsworth has such flair with the paintbrush that he has joined the team full time to help ensure the BIC's offices have a fresh, clean appearance inside and out.

David said: "I have worked in a lot of different places before coming to the BIC, from warehouses to pubs! I enjoy the variety that my job brings me and making a difference to the working environment."

Sarah Spence, from South Shields, South Tyneside is the newly-appointed communications executive. Sarah, 28, worked on the national PR campaign for the digital switchover before joining the BIC team.

Sarah will be seeking public relations opportunities to maximise the BIC's positive exposure. She said: "I am really looking forward to chatting to more people and finding out more about what goes on and around the BIC site. It is a great time to join the company, as there is a real buzz about the place."

And the BIC has recently made two promotions.

Jo Sinclair, 25, has been with the BIC for four years, acting as business space admin support, and is now moving into the new role of business support officer.

Part of the business support team, Jo will work closely with the company's business advisers to help clients develop their business ideas.

She said: "I have really enjoyed the last four years in my role but feel like now the time is right to make a change. I am looking forward to working with people's ideas and seeing them flourish into new businesses. I think it will be very satisfying and rewarding."

The BIC's chief executive Paul McEldon said: "It is always rewarding to see existing staff progress. Likewise, we are delighted to welcome our new recruits to the BIC.

"Their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm will help us to grow and maintain our excellent reputation with the local business community."


GROWING TEAM From left, Anna Pope, Susan Stephenson, Sarah Spence, David Holdsworth, Gaby Ophield and Jo Sinclair
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 5, 2012
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