Since 2008 Sunderland Software City has supported the growth of over 500 software companies in the North East of England.

Supporting Startups

Software City has supported the growth of over 500 SMEs in the North East of England since our inception in 2008. We are inspiring and enabling the growth of the digital sector, establishing the region as one of the world’s leading destinations for innovation and enterprise.

Bleeding-edge technologies

We bring together the best of public, private and educational sectors to encourage the adoption of advanced digital technologies, driving the development of world-class businesses.

We actively collaborate with organisations such as Digital Catapult and Tech Nation to deliver new initiatives that accelerate the development of the region’s digital economy, creating commercial opportunities and attracting talent and investment to the North East.

Providing Support

Together with our specialist partners we help to provide the best possible support to the local SME community. We recently teamed up with local law firm Muckle LLP and consultancy experts RSM to deliver bespoke support services to startups looking to grow.

We also work closely with partners including Sunderland City Council, the University of Sunderland and Sunderland College to ensure our region has the facilities, access to opportunities, support, connections and skills needed to compete globally within a digital age.

If you’re a regional business keen to grow, please get in touch to see how we can help.

The small print

The Sunderland Software City project is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Digital Innovation Partnership, managed by the Ministry for Communities, Housing and Local Government.

Meet the team

David Dunn
Chief Executive Officer
T: 07590228624
Billy Webber
Chief Operating Officer
T: 07850643816
Naomi Hutchinson
Lead, Digital Catapult NETV
T: 07590961640
Jenny Lang
Programme Engagement Manager
T: 07889064205
Anna Malley
Project Manager
T: 07850327911
Sophie Craggs
Programme Engagement Manager, Digital Catapult NETV
T: 07734791044
Penny Day
Innovation Officer
T: 07734791049
Lisa Van Heereveld
Marketing and PR Coordinator
T: 07734 791042
Jill McKinney
Training & Delivery Manager
T: 07808776061
Robert Currie
Digital Skills and Technology Specialist
T: 07739326445
Amy Hunt
Programme Trainer and Facilitator
T: 07912 271953
Laura Kennedy
Operations Manager
T: 07734791029
Sophie Peel
Business Support Specialist
T: 07739 324125
Libby Pearse
Business Administration Assistant
T: 01915623345


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