City of Sunderland Business Festival
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.
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
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.
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
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