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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.



Weston Mercury: Hustings Business and Commerce Highlights

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John Penrose took part in a hustings event organised by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce and Weston Chamber of Trade last week. The Weston Mercury have published some answers to key questions...

 

John Penrose: "Better rural transport 'vitally important' for Weston's villages"

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Investing in transport infrastructure in Weston-super-Mare's surrounding villages is a key issue for the area, John Penrose has said.

 

Cheddar Valley Gazette to John: "What would improve Somerset's jobs and economy?"

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The Cheddar Valley Gazette asks how John would look to support businesses and people looking for work in the local area. John talks about the importance of continuing the work to make Weston more attractive to investors, cutting pesky red tape that will in turn create well-paying jobs.

 

Cheddar Valley Gazette to John: "How do we keep the lights on?"

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The Cheddar Valley Gazette has been in touch to ask John's views on energy policies going in to the next election. John speaks about how important it is to ensure consumers are getting a fair deal and become less dependant on other countries for our energy supplies.

 

John Penrose nominates Thatchers Cider in 'Exported By Britain'

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John Penrose has put forwards Thatchers Cider as his nomination for Exported by Britain, an initiative that looks to challenge the dominant myth that the UK no longer exports to the rest of the world.

 
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