Bordered by the North West, North Wales and the West Midlands, Cheshire is renowned for being a picturesque county originally built on agriculture and its small communities of villages and towns. In recent years its population has grown to around 1 million inhabitants, as the county has developed its own business centres and become a popular area for commuters to live.
The three main commercial centres in Cheshire are Crewe, Warrington and Chester and an estimated 202,000 residents are in either professional or technical employment, a managerial role, associate professional position or senior official job - although many of these are employed outside of the county. With transport links to nearby Manchester and also to London easy from both Warrington and Crewe, Cheshire is a popular place to live and commute from. Indeed it is known for being a hotspot for footballers playing for the major Manchester and Merseyside clubs.
But there are some sizeable businesses based in the county, creating a demand amongst recruitment agencies for both highly skilled and manual workers. Chief among these is Bentley, which has been based in Crewe since the Second World War. The German automotive giant now employs just short of 4,000 workers in Crewe. In Runcorn, the Ineos salt plant is still a large employer despite closing several branches of its business, while the nearby Stanlow refinery employs nearly 1,000 staff. Catering and hospitality company Living Ventures (the parent company of Gusto, The New World Pub Co., Suburbia and Red Door) also deserves a mention, as it is currently ranked 9th best on the Sunday Times top employer list in the UK. In 2012 the unemployment rate stood at 29,500.