Cockermouth Business News

Please help with flood research

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Flood recovery manager Les Tickner is working with the University of Salford on a research study focusing on the impact of extreme weather events on small to medium business enterprises such as yours.

This research is being funded nationally and will be a nationally and internationally-recognised piece of work. Please complete the questionnaire which is saved in the 'document' section of this website or contact Les for a hard copy. Call him on 01900 829 040 or e-mail

Look behind JB Banks

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J.B.Banks is opening the rear of the shop to the general public this Wednesday 22nd June 10 am - 1pm. This is part of their 175 years celebration. Tea, coffee, wine & nibbles will be served. All are welcome.

New shopping bags launched

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The Chamber of Trade's new shopping bags were launched on last Sunday's Gala Day at Percy House Gallery. The limited edition bags feature designs made from original artwork donated by three local artists, pictured with our Chairman Brian Trengove. They are (left to right) Rolf Parker, Derek Eland and Julian Heaton Cooper.

If you would like to sell bags to promote the town and raise funds for the Chamber, they can be obtained from Paul Carr at Firns Home Hardware.

All welcome at Chamber open meeting

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The next open meeting of the Chamber of Trade takes place this Tuesday, 14 June, at 6pm at The Kirkgate Centre. On the agenda will be hospitality business needs, the launch of Sunday trading, tourism and ways of increasing footfall in the town. There will also be two guest speakers and more information about the Chamber's current marketing and communication initiatives. All welcome - please come and give us your views. We need numbers for catering asap - please email now if you are able to attend.

New business networking opportunity

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Chamber of Trade member Nick Lawler, of Winder Hall, is inviting all local business people to the launch meeting of North West Cumbria NABO Network. The launch meeting takes place at The Saints Rooms on Wednesday 29 June at 6.30pm.

This new organisation is part of the Nationwide Alliance of Business Owners (NABO), the fastest growing business education organisation in the UK.

Join us to launch the exclusive new Chamber bags

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Chamber members are invited to the launch of our new limited edition shopping bags, exclusively designed by three acclaimed Cumbrian artists. Julian Heaton Cooper, Derek Eland and Rolf Parker have created the unique designs especially for the Chamber of Trade's latest marketing initiative. The bags will be sold to raise money for Chamber funds as well serving as a valuable promotional tool for the town.

Don't miss a great calendar of events at Cockermouth Midsummer Festival

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A plethora of great entertainment is on offer at the 2011 Cockermouth Midsummer Festival - please spread the word and help make the event an even bigger success than last year.

The Festival runs from Friday 17 June to Sunday 26 June at venues across the town. Tickets are on sale now though many of the events are free.

Award-winning BBC broadcaster, journalist and author Stuart Maconie is to launch the Festival. He will appear at the United Reform Church on Main Street on Friday 17 June.