Chartered Surveyor Sam Piplica.
Jane Imrie

North East surveyor eyes further growth with North East BIC support

A North East surveyor is preparing for further growth after growing his new business last year.

Chartered Surveyor Sam Piplica launched his business Sam Piplica Surveying at the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC), with a mission to become the “most helpful” surveying company in England.

Sam explained: “Running my own business, rather than working for someone else, means I can give my customers the quality services I think they deserve.

“So many firms take a copy and paste approach to their reports that leave customers confused about what to do next. I set up my business to break that mould.”

Sam moved operations to Open Space, the BIC’s coworking facility at its business park in Sunderland, during lockdown after a period running the company from his home in South Shields. After a ‘surge’ in business, he is focused on expanding in 2021.

Sam continued: “Moving into Open Space has made a massive difference to my business. It’s provided the professional environment I need during the working day as well as the camaraderie of other business owners and the support of business advisers.

“[It] is good to know that the BIC can provide me with plenty of flexible options when it comes to growing the business and taking on new staff. Recruiting your first staff is a big move at any point, but especially now, given how unpredictable the world has become.”

Donna Surtees, centre manager at the North East BIC, added: “It’s great to see Sam’s business going from strength to strength, and his success is clearly testament to the importance he places on providing quality customer service.

“Here at the BIC, we are acutely aware of the shifting needs of businesses as they adapt to life after Covid and the different demands they have on their work spaces. Sam is a great example of the many entrepreneurs we’ll support to successfully grow his business against this backdrop.”

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