The priorities for the Sunderland BID (Business Improvement District) are:
A cleaner, greener and safer City Centre
A busier City Centre, with increased footfall
A more vibrant evening economy, attracting more people between 5 - 10pm
More marketing and promotions
Events, festivals and celebrations
Better signage, access and information for visitors
A leadership voice for City Centre businesses
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