‘Sunderland has a great past – and a bright future’

BID chief executive Ken Dunbar.
BID chief executive Ken Dunbar.
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What a great way to promote Sunderland’s positivity – that’s the view of the Echo Portfolio awards according to one of its backers.

Sunderland’s Business Improvement District (BID) is proudly supporting this year’s awards.

The BID was set up to help revitalise the area, driving the city centre economy and spreading the message that Sunderland is a great place to visit, live and work.

It has done this through imaginative and large scale events, working hand in hand with traders and other key partners to let people know that they are visiting a safe, clean and vibrant city.

So far, the organisation has helped create a memorable Christmas in the city centre with a range of exciting activities (with an even better one to follow this year) an African Festival, and a month-long series of Alice in Wonderland events throughout August.

BID chief executive Ken Dunbar said: “Sunderland is steeped in history and has a great future, with so much to be positive about.

“It’s also a city undergoing significant change, indeed the city is being reshaped on a daily basis. So it has a great past and much to look forward to.

“We are delighted to be a driving force in ensuring that our city centre is the vibrant, exciting and successful place we know it can be.

“The awards are a great way to promote all the positivity in the city and we are excited to be a part of that.”

Make it Sunderland is again our headline sponsor, and will sponsor our overall Business of the Year Award, as well as a Lifetime Achievement award, which is in the sponsor’s gift.

This year sees a new category, also sponsored by Make It Sunderland, which will recognise the contribution social enterprises make.

Sponsors are Gentoo, Stagecoach, Andrew James, Station Taxis, TTR Barnes, Thompson Waste, Sunderland BID and Maxim Facilities Management Ltd, The Bridges, Telfer Carpets and Flooring, while Sunderland College is our partner.

l To nominate, visit www.jpne-events.co.uk, email lynn.wild@jpress.co.uk, or fill in the form below.