"Working with partners in Sunderland has created a landscape where we could succeed. Sunderland has grown into its role as a hotbed of software development."
Paul Callaghan CBE
Chairman, Leighton Group
Software & Technology
When it comes to software and technology, Sunderland is a smart and sustainable player on a global stage.
A thriving hub of companies is nurtured by a network of organisations including local universities, Sunderland City Council and industry support specialists.
Sunderland Software City is a voice for the regional industry with an international presence, and Sunderland is home to the region’s Digital Catapult Centre.
Software supports more than 220 companies and 1,000 jobs, so why is the city such a magnet for both start-up and established companies?
Located on major national and international fibre routes, Sunderland offers high speed, resilient connectivity. It has forged links with the region's five globally-recognised universities to nurture innovation and a steady supply of talented graduates, and in terms of bespoke premises, companies are spoilt for choice.
Specialist bases for digital companies
Incubator workspace such as the council's Evolve Business Centre, the Software Hatchery at the University of Sunderland and the Jupiter Centre at the North East Business & Innovation Centre provide specialist bases for digital companies. The jewel in the crown is the £10 million Software Centre, another example of the City Council's willingness to back the sector.
No wonder there’s a momentum about the software industry, with companies leading the way whether in data research or spearheading industry initiatives such as Drupal Hub.
It’s not just about software. There’s a growing cluster in pharma technology, and the city’s creative industries benefit from working alongside technology specialists.
No wonder smart companies MAKE it Sunderland for software and technology.
Connect with these organisations and bodies helping the city's software and technology sectors.