Science man can make kids' parties go with a bang

A science technician in South Tyneside is aiming to make sure children's birthday parties go off with a bang after setting up a new business.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 12:15 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 12:16 pm
Neil Harrison with Shirley Hermiston, business support manager,
Neil Harrison with Shirley Hermiston, business support manager,

Neil Harrison, who works at Harton Technology College, in Lisle Road, South Shields, during the week, has just launched his own company, Big Bang Science Parties.

The 34-year-old’s new venture aims to see youngsters being able to get involved with interesting experiments.

Neil said: “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.

“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 kids.”

After visiting the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) Neil applied for a business loan with the help of his adviser.

He said: “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 cashflow 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.”

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

For more information about Neil’s parties visit