City leaders back Sunderland Echo Portfolio business awards – enter here

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Council chiefs have praised an awards scheme for the way it promotes all that is good about Wearside business.

Sunderland City Council is delighted to be involved in this year’s Echo Portfolio business awards.

Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson : Picture: DAVID WOOD

Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson : Picture: DAVID WOOD

The authority is the headline sponsor through the Make It Sunderland initiative. It is backing our overall Business of the Year Award, as well as a Lifetime Achievement award.

And council leader, Coun Paul Watson, explained: “Ultimately, if our businesses are doing well then they are creating jobs and economic prosperity for our residents and communities.”

He told how the linchpin of what the council was doing was “focusing on enterprise and innovation to capture interest and convert it into investment in the city.”

The authority is at the heart of the city’s future and Coun Watson added: “The city thinks big, targeting transformative infrastructure and connectivity projects with the city centre at the heart of Sunderland’s evolution.”

Sunderland’s bright future, he said, includes the city’s “largest ever development project over the next 20 years” and investment of more than £10m to transform Keel Square and St Mary’s Way - a key traffic route.

The council is also “working with Sunderland Xollege on their £29m city centre campus” and Coun Watson also highlighted the SAFC £16.7m Beacon of Light education and sports facility.

He encouraged firms to enter the awards and said: “They not only provide a platform for businesses to promote themselves but one on which businesses can shout about and celebrate their successes which we all too often don’t do.”

There has already been a great selection of candidates for this year’s competition and there is still time for more to come forward.

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 to the city.

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

So come on, get nominating and put your favourites in the running. Visit www.jpne-events.co.uk, e-mail lynn.wild@jpress.co.uk, or fill in the form below.