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City of Sunderland Business Festival

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Sunderland Business Festival is a celebration of the dynamic businesses based in Sunderland.

Sunderland's first ever business festival will kick off in the Bridges Shopping Centre with The Bridges Means Business event, followed by an array of community based activities and events. It will also include a virtual festival to provide opportunities for businesses to connect and have a platform to collaborate; hear from leading experts and understand more about Sunderland's transformation.

It is a free week long event from 4th-8th October 2021 which aims to inspire both businesses and communities to get involved as we highlight Sunderland as a city transforming, creating opportunities for all. 

Join panel discussions and roundtables with leading experts and speakers, who will explore the transformation of Sunderland, the digital revolution in the city and the importance of skills and education in future proofing Sunderland's business landscape. 

There will also be a Recruitment Fair to provide information on training options, job opportunities and guidance, with a week-long event in the Bridges Shopping Centre, which includes lively sessions for those looking for employment, a career change, or dreams of running their own business. 

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Monday, October 4, 2021

Business Breakfast and Press Briefing

The Bridges Shopping Centre - 9:30am - 11am

Finance for your Business

The Bridges Shopping Centre


Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Interviews with Entrepreneurs

The Bridges Shopping Centre - Katie Bulmer Cooke, personal trainer and fitness professional, and Joe Sexton, personal trainer and owner of Fat Loss Feast, will be running sessions as well as participating in interviews with Nevil Tynemouth.

Pitch your business idea to a "Dragons' Den" panel

The Bridges Shopping Centre - A Dragons' Den style business event where entrepreneurs can pitch their ideas to panellists: Lawrence Bellamy, Monika Foster and James Scott from the University of Sunderland.


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Recruitment Fair

Stadium of Light - 10am - 3pm - A recruitment fair aimed at all ages. Stands are still available and there will be various workshops throughout the day.

Fashion Show

The Bridges Shopping Centre - A fashion show featuring players from both the men and women's teams of SAFC who will showcase what to wear in a working environment and to interviews.

Pop up clothes swap shop

The Bridges Shopping Centre - Smartworks and Suitability - which offer free, new clothes to men and women who need items for work or an interview - will be running a pop up shop at the Bridges.

Meet the Buyer event 

Stadium of Light - 1pm - 3pm - This event will showcase the jobs available across the city in the construction industry, including a session for people to learn about the procurement/tending process.


Thursday, October 7, 2021

Transformation of Sunderland

Virtual - 9:30am - 1pm - Sessions including the Macro and Micro picture of Sunderland, including presentations by Paul Swinney and Patrick Melia.

CV writing and interview training 

The Bridges Shopping Centre - Various training organisations including Springboard, Media Savvy and Katie Storey Media will be holding sessions on everything from confidence building to CV writing.

Smart City: Digital Tech & Start Ups

Virtual - 1pm - 3pm

Future Living Expo

Virtual - 1pm - 3pm

Developing your entrepreneurial mindset

Virtual - 2pm - 4:30pm

Automotive and Engineering

Virtual - 4pm - 6pm

Geoff Ramm - Customer Service Excellence

Stadium of Light - 4pm - 6pm

SAFC Talk - The Business of Football

Stadium of Light - 7pm - 9pm


Friday, October 8, 2021

Education and Skills

Keynote speaker - Virtual - 9.30am - 10am

Panel: Alignment of Education to the City's Long Term Employment Opportunities

Virtual - 10am - 11:15am

Mindfulness Training

Virtual Workshop - 10am - 11am

Marketing Your Business Effectively

Virtual Workshop - 10am - 12pm

Health and Wellbeing - Uni Medical School

Virtual - 11:30am - 1pm

Culture, Arts and Creative Industries

iStage Talent Show - The Bridges Shopping Centre

An Audience with Leo Pearlman

The Looking Glass, Athenaeum Street - 12pm - 1pm

Bringing the City Back to Life

The Looking Glass, Athenaeum Street - 1:30pm - 4pm

So You Want to be a Social Entrepreneur

Virtual Workshop - 2pm - 4pm

Foundation of Light Gala Dinner

The Beacon of Light - 6pm - 10pm

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