Barrow’s biggest employer BAE Systems has confirmed it is once again supporting the town’s sporting highlight of the year as the lead local sponsor of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycling race.

The adrenalin-filled race around the streets of Barrow on Friday 29 May will again be billed as the Pearl Izumi Tour Series BAE Systems Barrow Stage, in recognition of the support the company is providing to bring some of the world's top professional cyclists to Barrow.

BAE Systems will be working closely with co-sponsor Cumbria County Council as well as Barrow Borough Council, who are providing organisational support to run the event. A number of BAE Systems employees have volunteered to work as marshals and stewards on the night, so the company is involved at all levels in making the most of one of the town's biggest nights of the year.

The company will also be running a recruitment fair in the town on the day of the race which will be held at the Forum from 11am to 5.30pm. The event will give people the chance to find out more about the array of career opportunities available across a variety of disciplines in the business.

""Jackie Arnold is Head of Strategy at BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines and oversees the business’ Corporate Social Responsibility agenda. She said: 

“We are delighted to be the lead sponsors for a second year. The race created a real buzz around Barrow last year and as well as showcasing the area and community to thousands of visitors, it also boosted the local economy.

“The race helped us highlight what makes Barrow such a great place to live and work, and we hope to replicate this again.”

Thanks to the arrival of Sir Bradley Wiggins' new Team WIGGINS, this year’s race promises to be even bigger and better than 2014, which attracted an estimated 12,000 spectators and brought more than £115,000 into the local economy.

England cricketer Matt Prior may also be one of the star attractions in the spectator area, with his ONE Pro Cycling team competing. Last year’s winning team JLT Condor are attempting to become the first ever squad to defend their Tour Series title.

Cllr Kevin Hamilton, Chairman of Cumbria County Council's Barrow Local Committee, said: 

"We're delighted to have BAE Systems on board again this year to support the event. With the town's biggest employer on board and the North West Evening Mail as our local media partner, we can truly say that the whole town is getting behind this fantastic spectacle."

Below – Velosure Starley Primal's James Gullen and Jack Pullar in front of the third Astute class submarine, Artful