Palmer Group has been announced as a supporting partner for the OVO Energy Women’s Tour stages in Suffolk for the next two years.

It was announced in February that the race would be returning to Suffolk in a two-year deal, bringing the UCI Women’s WorldTour event to the county in both 2019 and 2020. This year, Suffolk will host the first stage of the race, which will start in Beccles and finish in Stowmarket on Monday 10 June. Details of the route for 2020 will be confirmed early next year.

Established in 1980, Ipswich-based Palmer Group are experts in traffic management and will play a key part in the safe delivery of the race’s forthcoming visits to the county.

Reaction to today’s news

Helen Palmer-Flory, Director of Palmer Group, said: “We are once again excited to be working with the OVO Energy Women’s Tour. We’ve worked with the Women’s Tour in Suffolk previously as a supplier of pedestrian and traffic management. We’ve come to understand the benefits the Women’s Tour brings to our community and we appreciate that competitive or leisure activity promotes wellbeing and improves health. To contribute to the growth of sport in Suffolk we are proud to step up and become a supporting partner for the next two years of the Women’s Tour stages in Suffolk.”

Dr Amanda Jones, Director of Public Health, added: “We are delighted to announce Palmer Group as an official supporting partner for the Suffolk stages of the 2019 and 2020 races. This is a unique opportunity for the business sector to partner with the World’s biggest professional women’s bike race and benefit from the extensive profile and exposure it can deliver.

“The Women’s Tour and events like it all contribute to our ambition to make Suffolk England’s most active county. I hope that this year’s race inspires even more people to take up cycling and take part in the wide range of events Suffolk has to offer, as part of an active and healthy lifestyle.”

Commercial opportunities

A limited number of flexible business partnership opportunities are still available for the Suffolk Grand Depart and can be tailored to meet specific business needs. Contact Colin Grogan at Suffolk County Council for more information.

Downloads and links

Click here to visit the stage one page | Click here to download a stage one route map (PDF)