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 WELCOMES HISTORIC BORDERLANDS DEAL IN CHANCELLOR’S 2017 BUDGET

Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart has responded to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget Statement, delivered this afternoon, and has in particular applauded the Chancellor’s commitment to progressing a devolved growth deal for the Borderlands region, including north Cumbria – a deal on which Rory has worked since initiating the proposal while a […]

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RORY STEWART MP PRAISES RESILIENCE OF RICKERBY RETREAT

Rory Stewart MP last week paid a visit to the Rickerby Retreat, to meet with Spa Manager, Amy  ​ Bristo, and to look at how the spa and restaurant was recovering following damage sustained during Storm Desmond in 2015. The family business, owned and run by Rachel and Daniel Ferguson was launched in 2014 and […]

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RORY STEWART VISITS ‘GAME CHANGING’ TYPHON TREATMENT SYSTEMS

Parliamentary Candidate for Penrith and The Border, Rory Stewart, last week visited Typhon Treatment Systems, a Penrith-based water treatment equipment manufacturing company specialising in using ultraviolet LED to remove harmful pathogens from water, to learn more about the company’s plans to reduce the cost of creating safe drinking water. Rory was shown around the company’s […]

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RORY STEWART MP NOMINATES ATKINSON BUILDERS FOR PRESTIGIOUS PARLIAMENTARY AWARD

Rory Stewart MP has nominated Penrith firm, Atkinson Building Contractors as his Responsible Business Champion for 2017. Praising the company’s community values and its sustainable vision for the future. Each year MPs are invited by the All Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG) to identify an outstanding local business which, because of its positive impact […]

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RORY STEWART MP PRAISES INNOVATIVE LOCAL BUSINESS PROJECT

Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart paid a visit to Penrith business Atlantic Geomatics on Friday to take a look at an exciting and innovative new project – to map every burial ground in England, and eventually the UK. Research carried out by Atlantic Geomatics shows that more than 90% of burial grounds in […]

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RORY STEWART MP PRAISES CUMBRIAN TIMBER POTENTIAL IN SAWMILL VISIT

Rory Stewart MP was delighted to visit BSW Timber’s Carlisle sawmill recently, to see the work of one of the constituency’s largest employers and to find out about its incredible rate of recent growth, praising the ‘huge potential for the timber industry in Cumbria, for Cumbrians.’ The local MP met with with Hamish Macleod, Director […]

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RORY STEWART MP LAUNCHES EXPORT WEEK IN INNOVIA CLARITY™C BUBBLE LINE VISIT

Rory Stewart MP has congratulated Innovia Films on their new Bubble 8 Clarity™C line at their Wigton site, taking the opportunity ​of a visit there this weekend ​to also raise awareness of UKTI’s Export Week and highlighting the fantastic work that Innovia does in ​research and ​development​, and exporting ground-breaking new technologies abroad. Rory was […]

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RORY STEWART MP INTRODUCES HELP TO RENOVATE BUSINESS PREMISES IN CUMBRIA

Rory Stewart MP launched a scheme last week to support the renovation of Business premises in the most deprived parts of his constituency. The government scheme will give full tax exemption to people who are prepared to renovate disused business space, and bring it back into use. The tax breaks provide a major financial incentive […]

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The Genius of Local Industry

“I have no idea,’ said my father, ‘how Britain survives – when we don’t make anything anymore.” Producing food and manufacturing goods is relatively easy to understand. You can watch a farmer take a fellside, drain, lime, plough and plant, and create food from wasteland. You could watch him design a new plough, which could […]