Rural Business APPG

First Registered: 29/09/2015 • Last updated on: 10/03/2021

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To examine the areas that would reduce the productivity gap between urban and rural areas.

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Recent Documents related to Rural Business

1. Rural tourism statistics
29/08/2019 - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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Found: contribution to the rural economy. In 2017 GVA from tourism in Predominantly Rural areas was worth

2. Country Land and Business Association Ltd (CLA)
12/03/2019 - Inquiry: The impact of Business Rates on business - Treasury Committee
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Found: Land and Business Association Ltd (CLA) Written evidence submitted by Country Land and Business Association

3. Hambleton District Council - written evidence
03/07/2019 - Inquiry: Rural broadband and digital only services - Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
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Found: (RBD0021) Executive SummaryThis submission is from the Business and Economy Team, who support businesses across

4. Rural business statistics
29/08/2019 - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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Found: 1 Businesses Business composition Important note based on Enterprises, which is the level

5. RDPE Growth Programme
01/11/2019 - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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Found: European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas With thanks to Litton

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Rural Business

1. Rural Post Offices
13/12/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: we must do more to secure the future of these rural post offices, and to do that we need to enjoy the - Speech Link

2. Post Office Network
10/03/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: least once a month, and in rural areas post ofices are vital, with 36% of rural businesses using them at - Speech Link
2: securing the debate. She mentioned bank branches in rural areas, but in lots of constituencies—in hers as - Speech Link
3: constituency business, I too have heard of people taking on a post office in their existing business and being - Speech Link

3. Productivity: Rural Areas
14/10/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: That this House has considered productivity in rural areas.It is a pleasure to serve under your - Speech Link

4. Non-Domestic Rating (Nursery Grounds) Bill
05/06/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: the heart of our country’s rural life, and, moreover, at the core of our rural economy. It employs over - Speech Link
2: shared prosperity fund. The needs and interests of rural businesses have to be addressed as part of any future - Speech Link

5. Post Office Network
25/04/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: yet again, Dame Cheryl. I thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting this important debate on - Speech Link
2: proposal from the CWU, in conjunction with Cass Business School, to form a post bank deserves serious consideration - Speech Link
3: constituents how important the post office network is to rural communities such as those that I represent in the - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Rural Business
1. Business: Rural Areas
asked by: Julian Sturdy
08/03/2016
... what recent discussions she has had with the farming industry of the potential impact on rural businesses of the proposed changes to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.

2. Business
asked by: Christopher Chope
24/02/2020
... what definition of scale-up businesses her Department uses; and what steps she is taking to support those businesses.

3. Business
asked by: Jo Stevens
21/01/2020
... what steps the Government is taking to negotiate access to EU markets for UK (a) professional and (b) legal services businesses during the implementation period for the UK's departure from the EU.

4. Business
asked by: David Lidington
22/10/2019
... when she plans to publish the eligibility criteria for companies seeking financial support as part of Operation Kingfisher; and if she will make a statement.

5. Business
asked by: Tom Brake
17/10/2019
... what assessment his Department has made of which businesses are at high risk of collapse in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal; and what funding has been allocated to supporting those businesses.

Latest Questions
9 Current APPG Officers
Julian Sturdy Portrait
Julian Sturdy
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - York Outer
Joined: 29th September 2015
Simon Hoare Portrait
Simon Hoare
Vice Chair
Conservative - North Dorset
Joined: 29th September 2015
Duncan Baker Portrait
Duncan Baker
Vice Chair
Conservative - North Norfolk
Joined: 20th May 2020
1 APPG Membership
Net Zero
Richard Holden Portrait
Richard Holden
Vice Chair
Conservative - North West Durham
Joined: 20th May 2020
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Julian Sturdy MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 7199.

Email: julian.sturdy.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Louie Brockbank, Office of Julian Sturdy MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. Tel: 0207 219 7199

Email: louie.brockbank@parliament.uk

No benefits in kind are on record for the Rural Business APPG

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Rural Business APPG

Former APPG Officers
Angela Smith Portrait
Angela Smith
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Former Member for Penistone and Stocksbridge
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
James Heappey Portrait
James Heappey
Vice Chair
Conservative - Wells
Joined: 29th September 2015
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
David Drew Portrait
David Drew
Vice Chair
Labour (Co-op) - Former Member for Stroud
Joined: 27th March 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Ruth George Portrait
Ruth George
Vice Chair
Labour - Former Member for High Peak
Joined: 27th March 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Baroness Hayman of Ullock Portrait
Baroness Hayman of Ullock
Vice Chair
Labour - Life peer
Joined: 29th September 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017
2 APPG Memberships
Human-Relevant Science , Slovenia