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Business & Consumers

John had an extensive and successful business career before he entered Parliament, working for large, blue chip companies as well as his own small, entrepreneurial firms [details here]. As a result he understands the pressures – and the rewards – of working in business and is committed to helping wealth creators in big companies or tiny start-ups to build successful firms that provide jobs, growth and economic security for everyone.

In 2009, John was appointed Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), where he wrote the Party’s policy on cutting red tape and quangos (details here) which has now become coalition Government policy. John’s ideas of ‘one-in, one-out’ regulatory budgets and regular reviews of all quangos are now making a profound and continuing impact on the way Whitehall works.

John believes it’s essential Britain has stronger skills to compete in the ‘knowledge economy’ of the 21st century. He is a long-standing Governor and Associate Governor of Weston College, and was joint Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning from 2005 to 2009 for the same reason.

After the 2010 election John became Tourism minister and produced the country’s first fully-fledged Tourism Policy [details here] for many years. The sector grew strongly during John’s tenure as Minister; you can read more about his achievements [here].

In 2013 John published a new Policy Paper on Britain’s unloved utilities companies (gas, electricity, water, banks etc) called ‘We Deserve Better’, on how politicians could give consumers more powers to find better deals when they’re being ripped off by their current suppliers. It was favourably reviewed by the FT and has attracted widespread interest from regulators, utilities firms and consumer groups alike.



Former Tourism Minister & Seaside Town MP John Penrose calls for Full Independence for Visit England

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As the Triennial Review of tourism quangos Visit Britain and Visit England gets underway, former tourism Minister and seaside town, John has written to Triennial Review boss Mark Fisher recommending full independence for Visit England.

 

Triennial Review Submission by John Penrose MP

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Submission to the Triennial Review by John Penrose MP where former Tourism Minister & Seaside Town MP John Penrose calls for full independence for VisitEngland.

 

Weston Mercury Column: Unemployment keeps on falling!

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In this fortnight's Weston Mercury column, John talks about the latest figures that show local unemployment has almost halved since May 2012...

 

Penrose welcomes highly encouraging employment news

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John at the Weston Jobs FairIn the same week as his highly-successful Jobs Fair drew praise from local jobseekers and employers alike, MP John Penrose welcomed news that unemployment has fallen to just 2.4% in Weston and the surrounding villages...

 

Last Minute Rush of Local Firms Signing Up to Weston Jobs Fair

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There has been a huge rise in the number of local firms signing up for next week’s Weston-super-Mare Jobs Fair, hoping to hire new staff.

 
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