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October 12-14th

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

The first ever Sunderland Business Festival was held in October 2021. It was a week-long event and due to the COVID-19 pandemic it had a mix of in-person and virtual events. The festival included expert presentations, panel discussions, roundtables and keynote speeches. It also brought training opportunities; taster sessions; skills development workshops and, through our Recruitment Fair at the Stadium of Light, real job opportunities.

It culminated on the Friday evening with international music sensation Emeli Sande headlining a Gala Event to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Foundation of Light.

The event covered a huge amount of topics from the economy; digital, tech and start-ups; automotive and advanced manufacturing; future living expo; education and skills; health and wellbeing; brilliant customer service; culture and creative industries; and not forgetting an insightful talk-in with SAFC on the Business of Football.

The 2022 Sunderland Business Festival will take place from 12-14th October and is set to be a key event in the region’s business calendar, with more information being released in the coming months. If you would like to receive more information about the 2022 festival, you can sign up to get email updates.

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