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University of Sunderland

Lead the debate. Shape the picture.

Expo Sunderland's ambitious, collaborative, can-do, climate-positive context offers an original and inspiring canvas.

We invite innovators and leaders who are equally passionate about a sustainable future to join us in creating a masterpiece. An event like no other.

Attracting 45,000 visitors (people and professionals from business, construction, education and government) from the region and the UK, our line-up of must-see attractions and immersive insight will grab headlines, start conversations and spark ideas.

Put your brand at the centre of the action by becoming an Expo Sunderland sponsor or city partner. 

Ensure the future has your name on it

In 2024, Expo will build excitement around sustainable living.... watch this space for taster events and live attractions on the Riverside that explore our future.

In 2025, Sunderland will come alive with the scale of Expo, bringing together the themes of Future Living, Future Home and Future City, serving audiences across business, government, education and consumers throughout the months of May, June and July.  

From the products and technologies that will shape our future, to the materials and interiors that will build and adapt our homes, the Expo Homes and Gardens, Vaux Neighbourhood low carbon living tours and a Riverside Festival, Expo will cascade the City in the noise and narrative of the Future.

Headline Partners:

  • Headline branding and content collaboration across ALL Expo events and promotion
  • 3 hospitality events 
  • 3 main stage and 3 secondary stage speaking opportunities 
  • 3 key exhibits/promotions in prime locations 
  • Visitor attractions or services to promote your brand values
  • Activation of your choice near Expo homes & gardens
  • Event management and marketing support

Theme Partners: 

  • Branding and content collaboration across your theme
  • 2 hospitality events 
  • 2 main stage and 2 secondary stage speaking opportunities 
  • 2 key exhibits/promotions in prime locations 
  • Visitor attractions or services across your theme to promote your values and USPs 
  • Event management and marketing support

Industry Partners:

  • Branding and content collaboration within your specialist subject
  • 1 hospitality event 
  • Speaking opportunity in your specialist subject
  • 1 key exhibit/promotion in a prime location
  • Event management and marketing support


Expo Sunderland is proud to support the Mayor’s chosen charities at the 2024 Mayor's Civic Charity Ball

The Mayor's Ball will be held on Friday 8th March at the Grand Hotel, Seaburn.

All tables have now SOLD for the 2024 event but there are a limited number of sponsorship packages on offer, of which 10% goes directly to the Mayor's chosen charities, which this year are: - 

Hug in a Bag - provides gifts for every person diagnosed with breast cancer at University Hospital North Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital.
The Special Lioness- helps Sunderland children with life limiting conditions.

This is a great way to engage with fellow businesses, local charities and the voluntary sector and takes place every year.

Sponsorship packages discounts are available to Expo Sunderland partners.

It’s a fantastic occasion and if you would like to be involved, donate an extraordinary prize for the charity auction or join the waiting list for this or future events, please contact

Mayors Ball

Other ways to get involved

City Partners

City Partners

Join us as an Expo Sunderland partner and be a high profile part of our smarter, sustainable future across the programme in 2024 and 2025.

There are three tiers of city partnership available, each offering creative ways to put your brand in the spotlight.

Read more about City Partnership opportunities.

Expo Home & Garden Sponsors

Expo Home & Garden Sponsors

The main attraction at Expo Sunderland will attract huge media interest.

The destination for expert advice, great inspiration, innovative ideas and products for home design, better building, interiors, sustainable living, shared communities and home technology.

Take over a home or garden to create your own sensory experience that tells your brand story.

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