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A science technician is giving children a birthday to remember by delivering science parties to inspire the next generation.

After visiting the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) Neil Harrison launched Big Bang Science Parties in January, giving children the opportunity to perform some hands on science and get involved in some interesting experiments.

Neil was inspired to start his business after witnessing the excitement and enthusiasm children show towards science in schools when it is presented to them in a fun and innovative way, he explains: “Running my own business as well as working in a school allows me to fulfil my passion for science. I always explain to the children how the experiment works so they are learning as well as having fun. It’s like magic without the lies.

“There are party packages to suit any age and budget which parents choose up front so there are no hidden costs. Activities include making lemonade, sherbet or even their very own lava lamp. I get the parents involved too and I have to say they enjoy it just as much as the children”.

Neil visited the BIC’s Start Up team prior to starting his business and also applied for a business loan with the help of his adviser, he continues:

“In preparation of launching my business I visited the BIC for advice with my business plan and financial support. I had already carried out my research and I could not find any other science themed parties north of Manchester.

“I received advice with my cash flow and was also helped through the HMRC process. With their guidance and support I applied for a loan which I used to purchase essential equipment. I would recommend anyone starting a business to seek advice from the BIC.”

Shirley Hermiston, business support manager at the BIC, added: “When Neil came to the BIC I was overwhelmed by his passion and enthusiasm for teaching science to children in this way. As well as working full time in a school, Neil’s desire to inspire children continues with this new venture.

“Here at the BIC we see hundreds of people wanting to start a variety of businesses and Neil’s is no exception to this creative mix!

“If you find yourself wondering if self-employment is for you then I urge you to get in touch with the BIC. We offer a wide range of products and services to anyone wishing to start their own business.”

To book an appointment with a business adviser call 0191 516 6149

For more information about Big Bang Science Parties visit www.bigbangscienceparties.com

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