Cycling star Chris Boardman backs Leave the Big City Behind You  

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British cycling legend Chris Boardman MBE has backed a campaign aimed at encouraging people to live and work in Worcestershire.

Mr Boardman is just about to open his Boardman Bikes Performance Centre in Evesham which he says will offer a ‘world class customer experience’ for cyclists and triathletes of all levels, from Olympic, Paralympic and Tour De France champions to weekend leisure riders.

The 18,000sq ft state-of-the-art facility is due to officially open on Monday (30).

Leave the Big City Behind You was launched as a recruitment drive by Worcestershire County Council at the start of April. It calls for people to either move away from larger, congested cities to find a new life in Worcestershire, or commute to the county to work for Worcestershire County Council.

Mr Boardman, who won gold in the individual pursuit event at the 1992 Summer Olympics, said: “The great thing about Worcestershire is that it has so much to offer. It’s a fantastic place to work and do business which is why we chose Evesham as the location for our new performance centre.

“I’m fully behind this campaign and would urge people to leave the big city behind and come to Worcestershire to see what this wonderful county has to offer.”

The facility is designed around Boardman’s own Cycling Specific Wind-Tunnel – the first of its kind in the UK, which will sit at the heart of the site.

Richard Taylor, Interim Head of Human Resources at Worcestershire County Council, said: “Worcestershire County Council is a great place to work. We offer competitive salaries and flexible benefits. We also have access to a whole set of learning and development courses. We look to grow our own and retain our own.”

To view current vacancies, visit the Jobs and Careers page on the Council’s website, here www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20010/jobs_and_careers