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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CUMBRIA SCHOOL LEADS THE WAYS IN I.T. AND BROADBAND ENTERPRISE

Rory Stewart on Friday spent time with Wigton’s Nelson Thomlinson School’s award-winning DigiPi computer software team. The Young Enterprise group of ten Year 12 students had identified a gap in the market for computer programming training materials for primary-age students. They have developed a unique program to train students as young as six in computer programming. Rory […]

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RORY STEWART MP LAUNCHES BUSINESS SURVEY TOOL FOR CUMBRIAN BUSINESSES AND INVESTORS

At a specialist small business finance meeting in Penrith in March, Rory Stewart MP launched a new programme aimed at facilitating financial support for local businesses from local investors. Rory arranged the meeting, which brought together representatives of business, the financial sector, the voluntary sector and local government, to highlight the continuing financing difficulties faced […]

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RORY LAUNCHES BRAMPTON BUSINESS CLUB

Rory was invited to open Brampton’s new Rural Growth Network Hub, set up by Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, as a focal point for local businesses looking for free support and advice. At a launch which also served as a networking opportunity for Brampton businesses, the Penrith and the Border MP welcomed the additional business support […]

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RORY CELEBRATES GILWILLY FUNDS FROM DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT

Rory has today welcomed the news that the Department for Transport has approved a £2.3 million package of improvements to the access points into the Eden Business Park and Gilwilly Industrial Estate in Penrith, with work on the four-month project likely to begin in October 2014. The decision follows Rory’s lobbying of the Department on […]

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RORY ENCOURAGES CUMBRIAN BUSINESSES TO STRENGTHEN THEIR EXPORT ACTIVITIES

Rory is urging Cumbrian businesses to attend regional events during the UK Trade & Investments Export Week during the week of November 11-15, which aim to get businesses to either start exporting or expand their export activity. 130 UKTI Trade Specialists from over 70 markets will hold pre-booked 1-2-1 meetings for any company that signs […]

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RORY SUPPORTS LANERCOST CRAFTS FAIR

Rory made time to visit and support the Dacre Hall arts and craft fair at Lanercost Priory, during his surgery roadshow across the Northern edges of his constituency. During his visit Rory was shown some of the halls stunning features, including its Tudor fireplace and frescos, before having the opportunity to browse the impressive display […]

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RORY DEBATES FUTURE OF CONSTITUENCY ECONOMY WITH LOCAL FINANCE LEADERS

Rory has met local finance directors from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, for a wide-ranging discussion about the Cumbrian economy and, more specifically, the issues facing small businesses in Penrith and the Border. The event, organised by local ICAEW representatives Jeanette Brown of Dodd & Co. and Keith Proudfoot, ICAEW regional […]

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RORY VISITS SHAP QUARRY

Rory visited Tata Steel’s Shap Fell quarry for the first time last week, meeting with the quarry’s Managers Alastair Dunn and Chris Queen in a visit that enabled Rory to see at first-hand the workings of the limestone kilns on the outskirts of Shap in his constituency. It was an opportunity for Rory to discuss with the […]

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RORY SEES “ENERGY OF CUMBRIAN BUSINESS” AT KINGMOOR PARK

Rory visited three flourishing local Cumbrian businesses in Kingmoor Park in his constituency on Friday, guided by Chief Executive Tony Goddard and Property Manager Ross Nicholson. Design company Print Graphic showed the MP their state-of-the-art printing presses that are amongst the greenest in the UK and run virtually chemical-free. Explosive Productions introduced him to young artists […]