Cllr Michael Mordey, Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council

It's time for you to shine - enter the Portfolio Awards now

The Portfolio Awards are back for another year and once again, Sunderland City Council is right behind them.

The council is working in partnership with the Sunderland Echo to find the best in business from across Sunderland and County Durham.

Cllr Michael Mordey, Deputy Leader at Sunderland City Council, had a message for the cream of the area’s industry.  “We have some fantastic businesses both big and small in the city and it is time for them to showcase what they do,” he said.

“It is time for them to achieve the recognition they deserve. It is time for them to shine.”

Cllr Mordey spoke with optimism about the future for industry in Sunderland. He highlighted THE BEAM on the Vaux site as one example.

“For the first time in a long time, there is much momentum in the city centre and THE BEAM has been a big part of that.

“Sunderland’s city centre is set to be transformed, with investment expected to amount to £500m by 2030,” he added. “This is being spearheaded by the City Council, which is injecting confidence into the market through its own £100m-plus investment programme – including the new City Hall – which will act as a catalyst in attracting private sector investment.”

Cllr Mordey also highlighted initiatives such as IAMP – a game-changing development which is bringing more than 7,000 jobs and £500m of investment, Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor – with businesses already seeing the benefits from the Northern Spire (part of SSTC) and improving the road network between the A19 and Port of Sunderland.

He also described developments at the Vaux site ‘playing its part in boosting the city’s economy.

To nominate a business or for further information please contact Lynn Wild at Sunderland Echo at  Closing date for entries is Friday 27 September.