Cockermouth Business News

Have you signed up for Taste Cumbria?

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Chamber of Trade members are being urged to get involved with a major festival of food which takes place from 25 -26 September 2010. Visitors can expect a feast of all things foodie – from bustling traditional farmers markets to celebrity chef demonstrations as the region’s best restaurants, bars and pubs join together in this large scale culinary celebration, and Cockermouth’s own eateries throw open their doors.

Princess Royal meets business owners

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The Princess Royal visited Cockermouth businesses on a swift visit to the town.

She called at The Toy Shop and Pure Touch beauty salon in Main Street, as well as meeting staff at the Save The Children charity shop in Lowther Went.

The Princess also formally reopened Millers Bridge, which was badly damaged in the floods, and planted a tree in Memorial Gardens.

The Princess is pictured in The Toy Shop meeting Chamber of Trade Chairman Jonty Chippendale and his wife Fiona.

Promote the town with Chamber's leaflets for visitors

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Help promote the town and its attractions by distributing two of the Chamber of Trade’s promotional leaflets through your business.

To get a tide mark sticker, get copies of the Flood Trail or visitor leaflets, or find out more about the Flood Trail story boards, contact Joan Hardie of Bitter Beck Pottery, Market Place, on 07803 174120 or email

Shape the future of Main Street

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Business owners are invited to have their say on the future improvements planned for Main Street at two events on Wednesday 21 July. Several of the organisations involved in the development process will be represented at the events so this is the best opportunity to make your views known.

Events take place at Christchurch, South Street, at noon (lunch provided) and 5.30pm (drinks available). See the document section of this website for the full details.

Sponsorship opportunity at Cockermouth Golf Club

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There are sponsorship opportunities available for businesses at Cockermouth Golf Club.

See the document section of this website for full details.

If you do take up this offer, please let a Chamber committee member know as the company is willing to provide vouchers for future Chamber fundraising events if members do take up this offer.

National Flood Forum surgeries

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The National Flood Forum is a charity set up in 2000. It is offering help to flood-hit residents and businesses at advice sessions in the area.

The Forum supports people who have flooded by advising on all encompassing problems that arise as a result of being flooded and to those at risk of flooding. It is the only organisation which addresses flooding exclusively.

The National Flood Forum is holding surgeries at three local venues to provide continued flood related advice:


Help put Cockermouth at the centre of West Cumbria's food celebrations

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Does your business have anything to do with food and hospitality? If so, you are invited to a meeting to discuss the launch of West Cumbria’s new food tourism project.

From ice cream makers or farm shops, to delicatessens, restaurants, hotels and cafes – everyone can play their part.

The aim is to make Cockermouth the hub of West Cumbrian food promotion. The initiative will be launched with a weekend festival in the town, starting on Friday 24 September. See the new Chamber newsletter (in the document section of this website) for more details.

Gala Day - this Sunday, 4 July

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Traders in Cockermouth are to open their stores to the public this Sunday, 4 July, for a day of free entertainment and family fun. Street entertainers, music, writers and crafty workshops will be on offfer for visitors between noon and 4pm.

A host of retailers will be staging entertainment and offering tasty treats at the Gala Day, which aims to celebrate the town’s revival after the floods.

The venue for the social event has changed!

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The venue for the Chamber’s first social event has changed. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will now be meeting for drinks in the Old Cooperage bar of Jennings Brewery at 7.30pm on Monday 5 July 2010.

All members and their partners are invited. Potential new members are also welcome on the night too, so please tell your friends and colleagues.