A Great Place To Network

A great place to network

Sunderland is a great place to do business, whether you're hosting a meeting, attending an event or networking with key players in your industry. 

Investment in Sunderland has seen regeneration across the region, with first-class office spaces forming part of our plans to become a dynamic, connected smart city that will attract, encourage and nurture successful enterprises. 

New development projects such as Riverside Sunderland, IAMP (International Advanced Manufacturing Park) and countless business centres will make networking in Sunderland a great opportunity to connect with businesses and people that will help you grow. 

You'll also find that resources and organisations such as NEAA (North East Automotive Alliance), Sunderland Software Centre and our Business Investment Team are available to support with everything you will need to grow your reputation and relationships in Sunderland. 

Networking Groups 

North East Chamber of Commerce

The North East Chamber of Commerce is North East England's largest member organisation, representing around 3,000 businesses. The organisation brings business people together across a range of member events.  There are various membership packages available depending on the size of your business.

SAFC In Business  

SAFC In Business aims to reconnect Sunderland AFC with the local business community, alongside supporting businesses achieve their own objectives.

Mussel Club  

With over 3,000 members The Mussel Club are one of the largest networks within the North East business community. They host a variety of networking events across the region. The majority of their events are free to attend.

North East Automotive Alliance  

The North East Automotive Alliance is an industry-led cluster group, established to support the economic sustainable growth of the sector in the North East of England. Although only launched in March 2015, with over 160 member companies the NEAA is the largest automotive cluster in the UK and one of the fastest growing clusters across Europe. The NEAA provides a single unified voice to key stakeholder groups and promotes the true value created by the North East Automotive sector. Membership is available to businesses in the sector ranging from multi-nationals to sole traders, and the cluster group looks to support and promote existing automotive companies as well as attracting new companies and jobs to the region.

The NEAA focuses on:

• Networking

• Business Excellence

• Skills & Training

• Innovation & Technology

• Collaboration

• Promotion

• Industry Voice

Entrepreneur's Forum  

The Entrepreneur’s Forum brings together like-minded business owners to share experience and help each other grow their companies faster.

From hi-tech hubs, to hybrid units, explore our spaces for booking meetings, or renting and buying properties to set up shop in Sunderland.