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Events company backing the BID

A leading North East events company is backing plans to revitalise Sunderland and bring more business to the city centre.
1879 Events Management, a subsidiary of SAFC, catered for the launch of the new Sunderland Business Improvement District (BID) – and was one of the first companies to show its support.

During the event, held at the Bridges Shopping Centre, Sunderland, the BID team outlined its plans to invest more than £3.4million over the next five years and implement a programme of events designed to bring more shoppers and visitors to the city centre.  

1879 Events Management, which operates as a one stop shop for event organisers, provided staff, refreshments and furniture to cater for the wide range of business leaders in attendance and pledged to do whatever it can to support the scheme.  

Gary Hutchinson, Commercial Director for SAFC and 1879 Events Management, said: “With regeneration well underway in many areas, now is the perfect time for a BID to be launched in Sunderland, which will help make the city centre a cleaner, brighter and safer place.  

“We hope that along with an increase in visitor numbers this will encourage those who do visit to stay longer and spend more and we’re extremely proud to be part of such a worthwhile scheme.”  

Ken Dunbar, Chief Executive at Sunderland BID, added: “The official launch of the Sunderland BID was a huge success and I would like to thank all of the businesses that attended.  I would also like to give a special thanks to 1879 Events Management for their support and expertise in catering the event.”   

1879 Events Management, which offers catering and event management services for events across the North East, has catered for more than a million people since its launch in 2012 and also manages catering and hospitality at the Stadium of Light and  National Glass Centre, Sunderland.

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