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 VISITS HERMES DEPOT IN CARLISLE

Rory visited the Hermes on Kingstown Industrial Estate as the depot prepares for the busy Christmas period.  Mr Stewart was given a tour of the depot, which handles on average around 17,000 parcels a day. As Christmas is approaching the depot is gearing up for its busy period – when around 31,000 parcels will come […]

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RESPONSE TO THE CHANCELLOR’S BUDGET STATEMENT

Rory has welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget Statement, which was delivered in the House of Commons this afternoon. Containing pledges on broadband, schools, health and the High Street, this Budget is the expression of Mr Hammond’s ‘balanced approach’, which seeks to combine steady economic stewardship with disciplined investment. It is, Mr Stewart said, […]

Rory Stewart MP at Penrith JobCentre

RORY CELEBRATES RECORD EMPLOYMENT IN PENRITH AND THE BORDER

Rory has welcomed the latest unemployment figures, which show a fall to the lowest rate in more than four decades, and shows Penrith and the Border as having one of the very lowest rates of unemployment in the country. In the North West, 3,446,494 people are now in work, an increase of 267,494 since 2010. […]

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RORY MEETS WITH INNOVIA FILMS IN WIGTON FOR ENVIRONMENTAL TALKS

Rory made his fifth visit to Innovia Films manufacturing site in Wigton. Innovia has long been one of the largest employers in Penrith and the Border, a key part of the Wigton economy and a national leader in research and development. Rory has in the past successfully campaigned for Innovia to produce the new five pound note […]

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RORY URGES COMMUNITIES TO BACK THEIR LOCAL HIGH STREETS

Rory is encouraging communities to nominate their local high streets for the Great British High Street Awards 2018. These awards, sponsored by Visa, celebrate local achievements on the nation’s high streets and will encourage communities to share suggestions to improve them in the face of new challenges. Community teams, councils and trading associations can register […]

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RORY BACKS PENRITH AND THE BORDER BUSINESSES IN THE BEST SHOPS COMPETITION

Rory Stewart MP is calling on Penrith and The Border’s small shopkeepers to enter themselves in the Best Small Shops Competition. The competition seeks to celebrate the creativity of independent businesses and recognise their vital role in local communities. Penrith and The Border has a huge variety of small shops in its towns and villages and Rory […]

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, […]