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 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 JOINS FORCES WITH TESCO IN PROMOTING VALUE OF FOOD

Rory Stewart MP on Friday visited the Warwick Road Tesco Superstore in Carlisle – used by many thousands of residents of Penrith and The Border for their weekly groceries shop – to see first-hand the work of the store’s manager, Phil Pearson, and his team members Vicki Pearson and Penny-Jane Davidson, who are addressing important […]

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RORY PLEDGES TO CONTINUE EQUITABLE LIFE FIGHT AS £80M COMPENSATION BOOST ANNOUNCED IN SUMMER BUDGET

Local MP Rory Stewart, who has worked closely with his parliamentary colleagues for years on assisting constituents who have suffered significant financial losses as Equitable Life policyholders, today welcomed the Chancellor’s acknowledgement of their long-standing fight for justice, in a mention in the Budget Statement delivered in Parliament. The Chancellor announced today a further package […]

L-R: Mayor Joe Cowell, Rory Stewart MP, Joanne Young (Group Project
Manager, Innovia Security), Alistair Grant (Construction Director,
Story Contracting), Dominic Heaton (Finance Director, Innovia Films)
and Councillor Duncan Fairbairn.

RORY CONGRATULATES INNOVIA SECURITY ON VISIT TO £20M WIGTON SITE

Rory Stewart paid a visit to the new 20m pound Wigton Innovia Security site on Friday ‎to congratulate the company on a “fantastic result” for Wigton. The new factory, located next to the existing Innovia Films’ operation, will produce the polymer substrate for bank-notes for the Bank of England. The MP supported the company’s bid […]

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RORY 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 […]

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RORY WORKS WITH DODD & CO TO HOST PROPERTY REGENERATION SEMINAR

At the beginning of July, EU Assisted Area status was extended to several areas of north Cumbria for the first time, bringing with it a number of incentives for economic regeneration. In order to improve awareness of these incentives, and focus on opportunities for their local application, Rory Stewart MP will be hosting a seminar […]

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RORY SIGNPOSTS NEW FREE PLANNING ADVICE FOR CUMBRIA’S RURAL BUSINESSES

Rory Stewart MP is signposting constituency businesses to a package of measures to assist rural entrepreneurs in the county, following Cumbria Rural Growth Network’s recent launch of a free planning advisory service. The new service forms just part of a comprehensive range of new business support initiatives targeted at boosting economic performance in the county. […]

RORY CELEBRATES SUCCESS OF VISTA VEG COOPERATIVE

RORY CELEBRATES SUCCESS OF VISTA VEG COOPERATIVE Local MP, Rory Stewart, met with Vista Veg,  a co-operative of local producers who grow high-quality vegetables just outside of Crosby Ravensworth, to celebrate Cooperatives Fortnight 2014. Rory was led around Vista Veg’s poly-tunnels and packing facilities by Lynne Barnes, who runs the co-operative, and who explained the […]