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Ward Hadaway backs business partnership

Ward Hadaway is adding its weight to an influential network set up to boost business in Sunderland.

Ward Hadaway, which works on a number of projects in the city, has signed up to Sunderland Business Partnership, a 50-strong collective of companies based in – or with an interest in the strategic direction of – the area.

The Partnership brings together a range of organisations – large and small – to help them collaborate and support each other, influence the city’s plans and help promote Sunderland as a place to do business.  Ward Hadaway has joined the partnership as a Platinum partner, the highest category of membership the group offers, with senior partner Jamie Martin set to join the board to help shape its strategy.  The North East businessman, who classes Sunderland as home, is keen to build on the success of the Partnership, and to work with likeminded firms to grow the area’s reputation as a hotbed for business.

The firm is one of scores of financial, professional and business services sector enterprises in membership, with organisations from the worlds of education, manufacturing and healthcare also signed up to the partnership.

Jamie Martin said: “We do a lot of work with businesses and organisations in and around Sunderland, so it’s a natural step for us to engage positively with the premier Business Partnership in the city.  We’re looking forward to playing a key part in driving this important group forward and growing our involvement in this fast-changing city.

“As someone who studied in Sunderland before embarking on my career – Sunderland College alimni – it’s a city that I think of as home, and that I consider to have been the place I kicked off my working life, so I’m really pleased to be part of a network that champions a place I am incredibly fond of, and that I am proud to support professionally through Ward Hadaway’s wide-ranging work in the city.”

Ellen Thinnesen, chair of Sunderland Business Partnership, and chief executive of Education Partnership North East which comprises Sunderland College, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Ward Hadaway to Sunderland Business Partnership, and look forward to working with Jamie on our board, to help drive forward this important network that plays such an important role in supporting and making positive change in Sunderland.

“We have a fantastic roster of members, not only from the city, but from across the North East, that are keen to build strong networks in Sunderland and we are looking forward to welcoming yet-more members as we move through 2021.

“These are exciting times for the city, with an increasingly vibrant business community, a huge programme of regeneration set to further propel it forward, and a huge amount of effort going into Sunderland’s development from anchor institutions including the council.  It’ a great time to be part of a network that is right at the heart of this positive change.”

Despite face-to-face meeting between members being put on hold due to the pandemic, the Partnership continues to meet virtually, to ensure partners are fully up to date on city developments and that they can still mix and mingle with likeminded organisations.

To find out more about Sunderland Business Partnership, visit

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