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City investment

Sunderland is the largest city between Leeds and Edinburgh. An aspiring and dynamic city thriving with new investment, Sunderland is home to Nissan, the largest car plant in the UK and one of the most productive in Europe.

Sunderland is also an increasingly important location for fast-growing small and medium sized enterprises in a wide range of technology-based sectors, which help develop and stimulate a varied and competitive marketplace. This success has been achieved by building upon key assets such as the availability of prestigious business sites with broadband ICT links.

The city’s leading edge telecommunications infrastructure makes Sunderland home to emerging software and IT businesses – it is one of the most IT intelligent and digitally connected communities in the UK.

To find out more about Sunderland investment options and what the city has to offer business, contact the Business Investment Team.

Tel: +44 (0)191 561 1171 or email:

Awards and accreditations


The Port of Sunderland is certified by Product Authentication International (PAI) as complying with the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC), in respect of storage and in-house testing of combinable crops and dry feed materials/ingredients.

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Investor in People

As a Sunderland City Council service the Port of Sunderland holds Investors in People status, achieved by the council in 2004.

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British Ports Association

The port is a member of the British Ports Association