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North East BIC supporting entrepreneurship exchanges

Exchange programme boosts Wearside's Italian restaurant scene

n Italian entrepreneur has arrived in Sunderland as part of a cross-border exchange programme to learn about brewing and launch a new beer in the city. 

Gianni Lombino got connected with two Sunderland-based organisations, Darwin – a micro-brewery, and Brewlab – a training and scientific analysis provider for the international brewing industry  thanks to  EU|BIC North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) in Sunderland a UK contact for anyone wishing to take part in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme.

(L-R) Gianni Lombino, Louise Hardy (Business Development Manager at the BIC) & Daniel Vecsey (Senior Manager at Brewlab)

The programme has provided a way for Gianni to broaden his horizons and develop the beer with Brewlab’s support, as well as learn new skills, whilst it has given Brewlab the opportunity to showcase their ability to fast-track a successful beer to market.

Darwin has already received orders for the beer from some popular Italian restaurants on Wearside after impressing the restaurant owners at a blind taste-testing experience last month.

Interested in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme?

For more information, please contact Louise Hardy on +44.191. 516. 6170 or email

Associated member: North East BIC
Published on 29-11-2018 00:00 by Marta Gomez Andres. 3890 page views

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