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
More top news
Geordie TV star Ant McPartlin has been charged with drink driving
A bus driver has admitted causing death by careless driving after his single-decker surged across a road and killed a shopper.
As Ant McPartlin return to rehab, his co-host and best friend Declan Donnelly has announced he'll host Saturday Night Takeaway on his own.