Local firms are being urged to take advantage of some of the exciting business opportunities this summer’s Tall Ships Races will bring to Sunderland.

For the first time in its history, the city is set to welcome the world famous Tall Ships Races after being chosen as the start host port for the race series.

The four day event, which takes place between Wednesday 11 and Saturday 14 July, is expected to attract an international fleet of vessels, around 1,500 international crew members and around 1.5m visitors to the city.

Sunderland City Council is encouraging local suppliers to get involved by submitting expressions of interest in a range of opportunities including:

• High quality Catering and Bar Concessions
• Trade and Exhibition Stands where businesses will be able to exhibit and trade their goods and services to visitors from across the region and beyond.
• Markets – in particular those selling local, high quality, heritage, quirky, maritime themed related products and services.
• A Vintage/traditional Fairground and Observation Wheel
• Marquees
• Stewarding
• Merchandise
• Heritage Co-ordinator

There are also opportunities for businesses to sponsor the event.

Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet Secretary, Councillor Mel Speding said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses across the city to get involved in a fantastic free family festival and I urge them to make the most of it.

“With crews and visitors from across Europe and beyond, a full entertainment programme and of course the magnificent ships themselves, this promises to be a truly memorable event.”

The proposed event zones include: The Port of Sunderland, The East End, St Peter’s (University of Sunderland) and along the coastline from Roker to Seaburn.

Businesses can find out more at: https://www.tallshipssunderland.com/news/2017/exciting-business-opportunities-now-open

The closing date for all applications is Monday 29 January.