Business

rory_thehutThe economic profile of Penrith and The Border is unique. It has very low unemployment (with many people holding down multiple jobs) and more self-employed people than almost any other constituency in Britain. Approximately 23 per cent of the population work from home, and 93 per cent work for businesses employing less than ten. A large proportion of my time is spent working with and understanding these small and medium-sized enterprises; understanding where government can do more to help, and where it needs to step back.

I am concerned about the way in which out-of-town supermarkets are affecting our traditional high streets, the difficulty many businesses are still having getting access to loans and funding, and what I see as the dangers of trying to artificially pump prime into industries and economies which simply do not exist in most parts of Cumbria.

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Rory Stewart MP with Jim and Jane Wilson

RORY APPLAUDS BROADBAND PROGRESS ON BUSINESS VISIT

Rory visited Rutter Falls Self Catering Holiday Cottages on Saturday to discuss the business’ successful use of ultrafast broadband. Since his election in 2010, Rory has made increased broadband coverage a central priority and, to that end, he has consistently lobbied the government, councils and providers. One of the results of these efforts has been […]

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RORY PRAISES LOCAL FORESTRY INDUSTRY FOR SUPPORTING MAJOR GROWTH DEAL

Rory recently attended a meeting of the Borderlands Forest Sector Group hosted by BSW Timber and Tilhill Forestry at the Carlisle Sawmills in Cargo. The Borderlands Forest Sector Group is a joint private and public sector initiative which is providing industry support for the Borderlands Growth Deal. Ideas include setting up the first Forestry Investment Zone in the UK, […]

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RORY HOLDS MEETING TO DISCUSS IMPACT OF BORDERLANDS ON BEWCASTLE

Rory has chaired an informal meeting at Netherby Hall to discuss the Borderlands Growth Deal and the Forgotten Lands initiative with key stakeholders from in and around the Bewcastle Parish. The meeting – hosted by Gerald and Margo Smith – was an opportunity to provide an update on recent Growth Deal developments and share ideas about ways in which the growth […]

Rory Stewart MP at Penrith JobCentre

RORY PRAISES JOBCENTRE STAFF

Rory has praised the staff of Penrith Jobcentre during a visit to discuss the rollout of Universal Credit. Rory was welcomed to the Jobcentre by Shane Byrne and Amanda Bucannan who briefed him on the rollout of the new system of benefit distribution, its workings and its likely effects upon claimants. Rory was also shown a […]

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RORY PRAISES LOCAL PENRITH HERO TATTIE TIM 

Rory made a special trip to one of Penrith’s most popular eateries last week to visit the famous ‘Tattie Tim’ AKA Tim Lorton, who was one of the first people to the scene of a horrific car accident in the centre of Penrith on the 14th May. Tim was working on his jacket potato stall when […]

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RORY WELCOMES LATEST EMPLOYMENT FIGURES

Rory has welcomed the latest increase in the number of people in employment, which illustrates the strength of the local and national economy. Across the North West some 3,701,197 people are in work, an increase of 296,946 since 2010. Nationally, unemployment has fallen to its lowest rate since records began in 1971, with some 3.3 […]

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RORY NOMINATES OUT OF EDEN FOR PRESTIGIOUS PARLIAMENTARY AWARD

Rory has nominated Out of Eden as his 2018 Responsible Business Champion, praising the company’s commitment to sustainability and its sensitivity to the environmental impact of its operations. Each year MPs are invited by the All Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APPCRG) to select an outstanding local business which, due to its work in their […]

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RORY MEETS CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL​’S NEW ​CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Penrith and The Border MP ​Rory Stewart ​has met with Cumbria County Council’s new Chief Executive, Katherine Fairclough​.​Rory Stewart MP said: “It was great to finally meet with Katherine​​ and discuss the challenges we need to overcome in Penrith and The Border​ – ​​particularly ​around ​the lack of reliable ​broadband​ – ​and our ​ideas and ambitions for the region​ and […]