Sunderland was awarded UK Digital City 2014 in the Municipal Journal Awards 2014.

The accolade recognised progress and partnerships between the public and private sector across all aspects of IT, software and hi-tech work from council services to job creation and investment.

Sunderland is the first ever UK Digital City of the Year and was one of seven finalists who competed for the Microsoft and The Municipal Journal (MJ) Award.

The award celebrates the city that most improved the lives of their citizens, developed their potential and met their changing needs for integrated, digital public services.

All the nominees had compelling stories to tell about the ways they're transforming services, engaging citizens and accelerating economic growth. But it was Sunderland which impressed the judges the most and scooped the prize.

The award was presented by Hugh Dennis at an awards ceremony that took place in London on Thursday 19 June 2014.

If you want to read more about the awards and Sunderland's submission, see the Microsoft UK Government Blog and the MJ Awards pages (see 'External links').

And, you can download our entry for the awards in the 'Related downloads' section.