• Nissan Sunderland


Set on the North East coast at the mouth of the River Wear, Sunderland is a well-connected, modern city with an impressive history that stretches back to Anglo-Saxon times.

At the hub of sea routes to key European ports, the city is less than 60 minutes drive from two international airports, with even faster links to the nation’s motorway and mainline rail networks, including its own direct connection to London King’s Cross.

As companies from around the world have already discovered for themselves, this is a city which is carving a dynamic new future for itself on the region’s entrepreneurial landscape. Sunderland is well regarded across four key sectors; automotive, software, offshore energy and subsea engineering, and call centres.

As home to the UK's largest car plant - Nissan - Sunderland lies at the heart of the country's foremost automotive manufacturing region. Since the Japanese company chose Sunderland for its European base in 1986, it has developed world-class facilities, broken production records and attracted a strong supply chain of component manufacturers.

Npower, T-Mobile, Barclays, Lloyds TSB and EDF Energy have all chosen the area for their customer call centres.

The municipally owned Port of Sunderland has benefitted from significant investment from the city council in recent years, and is steadily becoming busier year on year.

Sunderland is the only non-capital city to have a friendship agreement with Washington DC. Because of its strong entrepreneurial spirit, the city also has a friendship agreement with Harbin in North East China, and active connections with its European twin-towns Essen and Saint-Nazaire.

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