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Life in Cheshire

Set in the heart of the thriving North West of England, Cheshire is a land of opportunities and contrasts. Situated on the main North West railway line it offers easy access to the motorway network for people who choose to commute to jobs in Crewe at Bentley and puts you at the heart of one of the UK’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty. The Cheshire Peak District is close by and the wild open spaces of North Wales are just a short drive away. Liverpool and Manchester are both within easy reach by rail or road and with their airports, getting away for business or holidays is easy.

Nearby Chester is home to excellent restaurants and shops, as well as a world-renowned racecourse and zoo. If you love the great outdoors, the area around Crewe offers beautiful walks, outdoor pursuits, tourist attractions and stately homes. There are lots of vibrant and picturesque market towns and villages to explore with a fantastic choice of pubs, fine dining restaurants (including a Michelin-starred restaurant in Chester), traditional tea rooms and shops, markets and galleries. Everywhere you go, you’ll find delicious local produce on sale, including Britain’s oldest-named cheese – Cheshire cheese.

Bentley moved to Crewe in the mid-1940s and the Volkswagen Group has invested heavily over the years to develop the site and production facilities at Pyms Lane. The local economy has benefited from the strong mix of manufacturing, science, technology and service sector investment we have brought. A huge government investment plan is also in progress to strengthen the area further. The main areas of investment are focused on improving transport links and supporting science and innovation companies. As a result, careers at Bentley are much sought-after.

Living in Cheshire and working at Bentley offers a great work-life balance. Here you can enjoy an absorbing and rewarding career, along with opportunities to discover everything the county, the surrounding countryside and nearby major cities have to offer.

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A WELL-CONNECTED HOME

Bentley is in one of the best locations in the UK for transport. Crewe is a main hub for trains from running up and down the country. It’s close to the big cities of the North-West too – Liverpool and Manchester are both just 30 minutes away by train. And it’s only 158 miles from the heart of London, less than two hours away by train. Manchester and Liverpool airports are both nearby, making national and international connections simple for business or pleasure. The M6 runs past Crewe, giving you fast access to the motorway network. The Government is investing heavily to improve the region’s transport. Cheshire will benefit particularly from improvements to the rail network, where journey times are likely to be cut significantly between the main cities and airports following the introduction of the High Speed Two (HS2) link to Crewe.

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A BETTER WORK-LIFE BALANCE

One of the joys of living and working in Crewe is the opportunity to create a better work-life balance. Within minutes of leaving Pyms Lane, you’ll find yourself in beautiful countryside with green rolling hills and big skies. (The picture above was taken in the Peak District – just 30 minutes away from Crewe.) There are lots of busy towns and quiet villages close by, with great facilities and excellent schools – many rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED.  Whether you choose to live in Crewe, the surrounding countryside or in one of the beautiful market towns like Chester, you’ll find lots of things to do in Cheshire. From canalside walks and county shows to food festivals and catching a show at the Crewe Lyceum, for the petrolheads, there’s the circuit at Oulton Park and the annual Cholmondeley Power and Speed motorsports festival at Cholmondeley Castle. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find Cheshire is the perfect place for balancing work and family life.

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OUT AND ABOUT IN CHESHIRE

Cheshire is a county of contrasts, with a wide range of places to see, things to do and unique experiences to be had. If your idea of relaxing is a little retail therapy, there are lots of independent boutiques as well as familiar high street and designer names to choose from. Start with Manchester’s Trafford Centre or Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet; then head for Chester’s medieval Rows and the historic charms of Nantwich to shop. And if that’s not enough to keep you busy, there’s the bright lights of Liverpool and Manchester on your doorstep – great for shopping, a night out, a gig at the Manchester Arena or an afternoon at the football. Enjoy an evening of everything from comedy to panto or serious drama – there’s plenty to keep you entertained. For film lovers there are great independent cinemas in Manchester, Stoke on Trent, Sandbach and Nantwich. See the bigger picture at VisitCheshire.com

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EATING AND DRINKING

Cheshire is renowned for its wide range of restaurants – from Michelin-starred to cosy traditional pubs and everything in between. Whether you’re a fine-dining enthusiast or you prefer an authentic curry or good old fish and chips, you won’t be disappointed with the restaurants in Crewe and the surrounding area. There are numerous microbreweries and beer festivals. Crewe is home to the excellent Offbeat brewery and the town hosts a brewery shop in Beerdock. Nearby Sandbach and Congleton have their own breweries and there are annual beer festivals held in Chester, Nantwich and Crewe, not to mention many other villages.
For the foodies, there are the Chester and Nantwich food festivals to look forward to, as well as regular farmers’ markets at Rode Hall, Nantwich, Sandbach and Congleton. Altrincham Market has been voted one of the UK’s top food markets by the Observer and the town is rapidly becoming the new foodie destination of the North.

All over the county, you’ll find all sorts of hidden gems – pubs, restaurants and cafes, all waiting to be discovered.

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS

There are so many places to enjoy great days out in Cheshire. It’s perfect if you love fresh air and open spaces. The famous Sandstone Trail runs North-South along the backbone of Cheshire offering amazing views from on high. Don’t miss the views over Peckforton Castle, built from the local red sandstone and through the Beeston Gap with its far-reaching vista across the Cheshire plains. Down on the plain, you’ll find Delamere Forest which is the remains of one the country’s ancient forests. Used as hunting grounds by the Norman Earls of Chester, today it’s a great place for the family to run wild. As well getting back to nature, the Forestry Commission holds annual Forest Live concerts featuring everything from jazz and classical to Arctic Monkeys, James Bay, Jake Bugg and Tom Jones.

You’re never short of places to visit in Cheshire with numerous National Trust properties to explore including Biddulph Grange, Tatton Park, Dunham Massey and Alderley Edge, all within easy reach of Crewe. Chester is rich in Roman ruins and its walls ooze history. Manchester’s outstanding Museum of Science and Industry and the Potteries Museum are great for family days out. And you can also discover the artisan pottery trade booming in Stoke – recently showcased on the BBC’s Great Pottery Throwdown.

Putting down roots in Cheshire and working at Bentley in Crewe offers you the chance to discover a new world of beautiful landscapes, wonderful food and drink, a welcoming culture and, perhaps, a whole new way of life.