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New centre could mean 650 jobs in Sunderland

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A new £9million centre to support enterprise and innovation in Sunderland could produce up to 650 jobs. Sunderland Enterprise and Innovation Hub is being developed by the University of Sunderland. The university expects to attract over 120 businesses over five years, generating around 250 jobs, with a further 400 over the longer term.

“The Hub will be a crucial driver for growth in enterprise and innovation in Sunderland and the wider region.

“We have a successful track record in this area, and thanks to the generous support of the LEP and the valuable contribution of Sunderland Business Group and Sunderland City Council, we can build further on this success.

“Sunderland Enterprise and Innovation Hub will create an environment which will encourage and allow the University community to work better with entrepreneurs and businesses in the North-East to innovate and create wealth and jobs to support the economy of the North East for years to come.”

– Shirley Atkinson, University of Sunderland
Paul Woolston, Brandon Lewis MP and Shirley Atkinson

The new Centre, at the University’s City Centre Campus, will be supported by a £3.5m investment from the North-East LEP, via the Government’s Growth Deal programme.

Within the new centre there will be a focus on the University of Sunderland’s specialist areas - advanced manufacturing, health, sciences and the creative industries.