Penrose abseils to help local business

WESTON MP John Penrose could have been forgiven for thinking that a day away from Westminster would be relaxing but instead found himself dangling off Uphill Quarry.

The Conservative Minister of Tourism was carrying out a ‘work experience’ placement with Congresbury firm Mendip Outdoor Pursuits.

After safely making his way back to solid ground he reiterated his commitment to ensure businesses were properly supported.

He said: It’s very easy for MPs to get cut off from reality in the Westminster bubble, which is why it’s so important to get back to the shop floor with local tourism businesses every once in a while.”

“Nothing beats personal experience of what’s working, and what’s holding people back from growing their businesses and creating more jobs.

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“For example, we’ve done a lot to cut through the crazy red tape that holds up so much progress in the leisure and hospitality industries, but everyone in the business knows there’s plenty more to do. This is my chance to see what people need at the sharp end.”

The visit was organised as part of the Business Buddy scheme which aims to help local businesses interact more with politicians to build up a bigger profile.

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