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Sunderland City Council
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Sunderland City Council - Living in the area

Sunderland is a big city with a strong community feel. It is home to around 280,000 residents within 122,500 households. Although Sunderland is one city, it consists of around 60 neighbourhoods.

The city is a rich source of world-changing social and industrial history. The electric light bulb, modern policing, mass production of glass, mining and railway development, river conservancy, industrial chemical manufacturing and developments in ship design and engineering all have origins in Sunderland.

Today the cornerstone of Sunderland’s economy is built on investment and employment. The right location and the right workforce mean excellent results.

The city is home to the United Kingdom’s largest motor manufacturer. The huge Nissan Sunderland plant produces a fifth of all UK vehicle exports and reaches out to 45 world markets. More than 20 component suppliers are located here. Many supply not only Nissan, but the international plants of other major vehicle makers.

Sunderland also forms a dynamic gateway to the global software market.

Providing inspiration for new and established businesses across the region, Sunderland Software City is a public and private sector partnership that acts as a catalyst for new and established businesses eager to build successful profiles in this growing industrial sector.

The Port of Sunderland raises our city’s profile as a key destination for inward investment and commercial growth. The UK’s second largest municipally owned port is extremely well-placed to service developments in the renewable energy sector and specifically for offshore wind.

Sunderland has grown as an attractive location in which businesses can thrive. This is also a city of real opportunity, not just for big business, but also for entrepreneurs and investors who are keen to start up a business or desire more space in which to develop their operation.

Our city is a brilliant place to learn and study. Innovative new academies and community schools are expanding the knowledge, technical, creative, social and sporting skills of tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.

Some 15,000 students – one in ten from overseas – attend the University of Sunderland’s prestigious modern campus at St. Peter’s riverside, together with a £75 million city centre campus featuring a groundbreaking new CitySpace sports and social facility at its heart.

Both invigorating and relaxing, Sunderland is one of the few cities in the UK to have a river and a beautiful coastline. Here you can sail into colourful Sunderland Marina. Splash out on a watersports’ experience. Explore the attractions of miles of spacious sandy beaches. Walk or cycle the Riverside Sculpture Trail or picnic in our award-winning parks.

If you’re into sport, there’s the Stadium of Light, Sunderland Aquatic Centre, Sunderland Tennis Centre and more. Or if that isn’t your thing, there's also The National Glass Centre, the acclaimed Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and the Sunderland Empire. The Sunderland International Airshow attracts tens of thousands of visitors each summer as well.

Wherever you’re coming from, Sunderland is an easy city to reach: where you’ll discover a place – and a people – that will quickly open your eyes to new opportunities.

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