Sunderland City Council
Sunderland City Council

Sunderland is transforming by attracting hundreds of millions of pounds of investment from the private sector, which – matched by an ambitious public sector vision and investment programme – is bringing about a step-change in this vibrant coastal city. As the city changes, more investors are recognising the vast potential of Sunderland. From the city centre, to Port of Sunderland, and Enterprise Zones to out of city developments, Sunderland offers a broad range of opportunities to businesses looking to invest, or relocate here and tap into the same assets that are driving the success of brands like Nissan, Nike, Rolls Royce and Barclays.

From its highly skilled, positive people whose can-do attitude translates across all sectors; to its excellent connectivity – plugged into the heart of the region; and its unrivalled digital infrastructure, to its enviable manufacturing prowess – Sunderland is the most exciting city in the UK.

Sunderland is a manufacturing powerhouse with a global presence, home to the UK’s biggest and most productive car plant, the city is a European centre for electric vehicle research and production, and expertise in advanced manufacturing extends across aerospace and turbo technologies. In software and data technology Sunderland sustains innovative and ambitious companies, from gaming studios to online retail support. Financial and customer services is also a key sector, with blue-chip brands making repeat investments, benefitting from the city’s expert and loyal workforce.

Sunderland has a proven track record of attracting, encouraging and nurturing successful enterprise, from start-up to international success. With continued success through inward investment and a bright and innovative economic future. With £160m combined investment from institutional investor Legal & General and £0.5bn of active development projects underway in Sunderland’s city centre the ambitious regeneration programme is creating new opportunities from technology to retail and leisure.

Key development sites include Riverside Sunderland -underpinned by a £100m commitment from Legal & General which promises to become the first carbon neutral urban quarter in the UK, with super-smart homes, sustainable office buildings, and green open spaces that allow people to live, work and play in a stunning environment. International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) positioned just north of Sunderland’s world-renowned Nissan plant, IAMP is a nationally significant development park set to create more than 7,000 jobs over the next 15 years.

Sunderland is open for business, Sunderland attracts business, including more than 91 internationally-owned companies originating in 19 territories and employing more than 25,940 people. With great road and rail links, an international airport connected by metro to city centre, and a sea port minutes from open water, Sunderland brings business close to markets worldwide.

Recently crowned smart city of the year, Sunderland will continue to create dynamic opportunities for individuals and business alike. If you’re a first-time entrepreneur, a developer looking for opportunities, or a manufacturer aiming to relocate and expand, talk to Sunderland City Council’s Business Investment Team about why you should locate your business in Sunderland and how we can support your business from start-up through to growth.