Cockermouth Business News

Gritting pavements

There is a grit bin in front of the public loos on Main Street and if you have a slippy patch outside your business feel free to go and grab a mug of grit to tackle it.

Cumbria County Council looks after gritting and grit heaps and bins, and their Highways team will replenish them on demand. Their hotline is 0300 303 2992 or you can email:

Young Enterprise help?

Brian has received the letter below from Cockermouth School, can you please help support our budding young business entrepreneurs?  Please contact Steve Dawson below if you can.

Flood Insurance specialist broker

We have been advised that a meeting will soon be happening in relation to insurance (a business type Flood RE scheme from BIBA - British Insurance Brokers' Association) but in the meantime, anyone finding problems with getting flood insurance should contact the number below.

BIBA have a  Find-A-Broker service that can help put people who are struggling to find insurance.  This offers specialists who are able to assess flood risks and place cover which quite often is not available through traditional routes.

Cockermouth by Candlelight 2nd December

Cockermouth by Candlelight will take place on the evening of Friday 2 December this year.
With several members of the organising committee having been flooded and having a lot on their plates, the decision has been made to revert to how the event was in year 1, so it will involve:
·         A lantern parade (starting at the Community Resource Centre next to the Town Hall at 6pm and finishing at the URC)
·         Late-night shopping (at least until 7pm - please get involved)

Flood Gate Leaflet

The council have produced a leaflet on installation of flood gates to premises.  This has been uploaded to the chamber site for your information.  If you are considering the installation of flood resilience measures, or would like to discuss options, the council are happy to help. Please contact Helen Brownlie on 01900 702713 or email

French Student Work Placement in 2017

I met with Jacqueline Guilters from our twinned town Marvejols who is a teacher over this week as part of the week long visit.

They are looking for 3-4 retail shops/supermarkets and 2-3 beauty salons who would take a student for 4 weeks next year for a free work placement.  These students are amongst the best in class and are studying both retail and beauty and this would placement would form part of their assessment.