Rt Hon Sir Mike Penning MP – Update from Parliament September 2018

The recent unemployment statistics were incredible. In the Hemel Hempstead constituency the number of unemployed claimants in July was 870. This represents a rate of 1.6% of the economically active population and a 55% drop since 2010.

Nationally unemployment is at its lowest level since 1975. This is a strong position to be in as we approach Brexit in March next year. It is also great news for school leavers who can look forward to more opportunities in a growing jobs market with improved prospects for their long-term careers.

Locally, we have a great partnership between Dacorum Borough Council and Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassadors.

It was real privilege to address the first Business Heroes awards alongside judo Paralympian Ian Rose. The Business Heroes awards have been set up to recognise local businesses that go that bit further and have a positive impact on the lives of others.

The well-deserved overall winner was Liberty Tea Rooms. Winners in the various categories were: Novo UK, Martin Brower UK, Andy Cook of FFEI, Beechwood Fine Foods, Smiths Detection and Sir Robert Alpine.

I was also delighted to present the cheques to this year’s Dacorum’s Den winners. Dacorum’s Den is an annual event where local start-up businesses can bid for a small grant – all funded by our Business Ambassadors. I love visiting businesses who received awards in the past, it is amazing how far some of our very earliest winners have progressed.

Hemel really is a great place to live and to do business.

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