Local MP Robin Walker has welcomed the results of a new survey showing that Worcester has been voted the happiest city in the country.

A poll of 2,830 people across the UK was carried out as part of the Unbroken Britain survey – showing Worcester top of the happiness index ahead of other contenders such as London, Manchester, Newcastle, Aberystwyth and Gloucester. The Faithful City also received a top three ranking for its welcome, politeness and friendliness.

Residents were asked to rate on a scale of 1 to 10 on how they felt within their community, and Worcester hit the top spot for happiness with a rating of 7.83.

The news comes as the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce held their Business Expo at the Three Counties Showground today (5th October), with over 120 exhibitors from a wide range of businesses.

Commenting on the news, Robin said:

“It’s fantastic to hear that Worcester has been recognised as the happiest place in the UK – although it should come as no surprise to those of us who have always known it to be a welcoming, diverse and friendly place to live.”

“The positive spirit of the city is just one of the many ‘pull factors’ that draw people to live, study and work here. Along with our green spaces, excellent schools, rich history and strong local economy, this spirit makes Worcester a truly attractive place for residents and visitors alike.”

“Today’s Chamber of Commerce Expo will see over 100 local businesses of all sizes coming together to network and share ideas and services – a demonstration of World Class Worcestershire’s appeal to industry and commerce. I’m always struck by how much local businesses do to support good causes and charities in the city and this is another example of the good that successful enterprise can do.”

“As the Prime Minister set out at the Conservative conference, this Government will continue to support innovation and entrepreneurship, fostering the economic conditions necessary for business to thrive and prosperity to be shared.”

“Last week I had the pleasure of opening Worcester Bosch’s new state-of-the-art training academy with Energy Minister Richard Harrington – just one example of the many businesses, both large and small, that are choosing to invest and grow in Worcester. Not only does this investment put Worcester on the map as a destination of choice for business, but it also creates the high-skilled job and training opportunities that local people need to get on, creating an economy that works for everyone.”


Notes to editors

To see the full results of the survey, see https://www.providentpersonalcredit.com/unbroken-britain-community-survey/

To read Robin’s A to Z of Worcester, see: https://www.walker4worcester.com/why-worcester-is-anything-but-average-walker-provides-a-to-z-for-our-world-class-city/

For more information on the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, and for future events, see: http://hwchamber.co.uk/events/business-expo