Portsmouth in top 20 best places in UK to start a new business.

Portsmouth is one of the best locations for small start-up business in the UK according to research compiled by Informi, the business information website that provides free practical advice and support for small businesses. Informi studied information from UK towns and cities relating to a number of factors that can be important for smaller company survival, including the density of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), digital connectivity and house prices. Penny Mordaunt MP said, “ We have such enterprenurial spirit here, and new business are supported by a real community. It is great Portsmouth is being recognised for that, and we want to do much more to really turbo-charge key growt

Penny Mordaunt MP supports #GivingTuesday campaign

Penny Mordaunt MP supports the #GivingTuesday campaign that launched today. Help us kick off the giving season and give back this year on Tues, November 29. Penny Mordaunt said, "Giving Tuesday is a chance to say thank you to Portsmouth's charities, their volunteers and supporters."

Penny Mordaunt MP backs good news for Port Solent residents regarding M27 noise abatement.

The regional Highways England official with responsibility for the M27, has appraised the four options put forward in the engineers' report for noise abatement at Port Solent and is to recommend Option 1, that is to say an acoustic barrier at the top of the embankment - the overwhelming choice of the Residents Association of Port Solent. Explorations of the capital costs have shown that Option 1 is the cheapest and this and its lower impact on the scene are felt to outweigh the need to close lanes of the motorway for several nights to allow the barrier to be constructed. Conversion to a smart motorway is felt to be a remote contingency and so not a reasonable basis on which to reject the

Penny Mordaunt MP urges eye clinics not to cancel constituents’ appointments

Penny Mordaunt MP recently attended RNIB’s (Royal National Institute of Blind People) parliamentary reception to find out if time is running out for her constituents with conditions that can lead to sight loss. Eye clinics that cancel appointments put their patients at risk of irreversible sight loss because many treatments for sight-threatening conditions require frequent follow-up appointments. RNIB is campaigning for patients to be seen by eye clinics in the time advised by their consultant, and for patients to keep their appointments. Penny Mordaunt said: "I support RNIB's campaign to make sure people are given timely eye clinic appointments. I will work with RNIB to ensure people in Por

Unemployment continues to fall in Portsmouth

Unemployment in the Portsmouth area has fallen again to one of its lowest-ever levels. Portsmouth had the biggest decline in residents claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, with 60 more people now in employment compared to this time last year. The figure fell from 2,065 to 2,005 – although this is a slower rate of decline than earlier in the year. But compared with figures from June 2015, there are almost 500 more people in work now. There was a drop of 50 in Havant, from 1,035 to 98. But Fareham and Gosport had no change in their figures which stayed at 430 and 585, respectively. But this is down on June 2015’s result, with Fareham seeing an overall dip of 58 in Fareham and 183 in Gosport. Leone

HM Revenue and Customs and Concentrix end tax credit contract

Dear Ms Mordaunt, Jane Ellison MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, has just made a Written Ministerial Statement to the House of Commons. This has provided an update to MPs on the announcement that HMRC has ended our contract with immediate effect with Concentrix, the company that provides additional capacity to check tax credits claims and reduce error and fraud in the system. On 13 September we announced that we would not renew our contract with Concentrix after its scheduled expiry in May 2017. HMRC also took back 181,000 cases from Concentrix to resolve these as quickly as possible for customers, and these are all now finalised. After discussions since this announcement, and having

Penny Mordaunt MP supports the APPG MS report: Supporting people with MS in the workplace

Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work spoke in support of the APPG MS report: Supporting people with MS in the workplace. A diagnosis of MS is a life-changing experience that brings uncertainty and questions with it. Work is one of the areas that can be difficult to navigate. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for MS wanted to play its part in helping to navigate this relationship through this report. This review sets out a number of recommendations to help support people with MS at work and the professionals who guide them through the challenges. Often quite small changes, by individuals, employers and Government, can make all the difference to people with M

Penny Mordaunt MP remembers fallen heroes at Armistice Day service at Caxton House

Penny Mordaunt MP joined members of the Armed Forces to pay their respects on Armistice Day. Penny Mordaunt, a Royal Navy reservist also marked the occasion by wearing full uniform. Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.

Penny Mordaunt supports the 'Too Fast to Think' campaign'

Penny Mordaunt MP supported the 'Too Fast to Think' campaign in London this week where Penny promoted the benefits of pursuing creative and artistic endeavours, and how they can positively impact on reaching an individuals full potential and raise quality of life. Penny joined a host of prominent campaigners to share the vision of the campaign and the video can be seen below:

Penny Mordaunt supports Disabled Entrepreneurs at the Stelios Awards

Penny Mordaunt MP supported the Stelios Awards in her role as Minister for the Disabled. The Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK- administered in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability - rewards those with disabilities who have demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurial spirit and business ability in the face of significant barriers. The overall winner wins £30,000 & an additional 4 shortlisted applicants win £10,000 each at an annual award ceremony organized by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation in London. Penny tweeted live from the event: Met so many amazing entrepreneurs tonight who are changing markets & the world....and their dogs!!! #SteliosAwardUK @DWP

NRAS Mark Fifth Healthcare Champions Award Success

Healthcare Champions honoured at House of Commons On Wednesday 2nd November, Penny Mordaunt MP helped The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) to celebrate its fifth Healthcare Champions Awards ceremony at a special reception at the Macmillan Room, House of Commons, where the awards were presented by Prime Minister and NRAS Founding Patron, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP. Penny was there to give support the rheumatology team at the Queen Alexandra Hospital who received an award. During the event, Penny Mordaunt also spoke to NRAS Chief Executive, Ailsa Bosworth to learn about the importance of good quality care to raise greater public awareness of the chronic autoimmune disease rheumatoid

Penny Mordaunt MP welcomes bathing water results from DEFRA & Southern Water

Today, Southern Water released the following press release highlighting the improvement of bathing waters in the South East: 'As you may be aware, results announced today by Defra show bathing water in the South East continues to be among the best in the country.Of the 83 designated bathing waters in our region, 79 were either "excellent" or "good". All 13 of Hampshire's bathing waters were either "excellent" or "good". The results for 2016 are based on four years of weekly sample data taken by the Environment Agency and are available here. Bathing water quality is affected by a range of factors. We play an important role in supporting local authorities and the Environment Agency to ensure c

Disability Confident: Calling all employers

Penny Mordaunt MP is one of the first #DisabilityConfident leaders in the UK and is actively working to improve recruitment opportunities for disabled people. The Disability Confident scheme aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. It is voluntary and has been developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives. The Disability Confident scheme has 3 levels that have been designed to support you on your Disability Confident journey. You must complete each level before moving on to the next. It is free to sign up and use our guidance. Please use this link to find out full details of the scheme and also to download the Disability

Penny Mordaunt MP supports the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative Awards (RIDI Awards)

Penny Mordaunt MP supported the RIDI Awards last night (November 3rd) and gave a keynote speech on driving change in recruitment and breaking down barriers for disabled people. Penny Mordaunt MP, the Minister for Disabled people and #DisabilityConfident leader was pleased to support the initiative and said, "I'm pleased to continue my support in this area and think that it is important that we continue to champion the work and campaigns to bridge the employment gap. It's also important that we don't just seek aspiration, but also opportunities too. For our nation to reach its potential, every individual must reach theirs."

Penny Mordaunt supports the MND association.

Penny Mordaunt MP joined other parliamentarians at the Motor Neurone Disease Association reception. Penny spent time speaking with Motor Neurone Disease sufferers and their families. More than 100 volunteers travelled to Westminster from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland for our annual parliamentary reception. They had the chance to share their experiences of issues that affect people living with MND, their families and carers. We also raised the issue of the proposed changes to Attendance Allowance (a benefit for people aged 65 and over) with MPs – over 55 came on the day. They heard from our Chief Executive Sally Light, author and first wife of our Patron Prof Stephen Hawking, Dr

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