Cockermouth Business News

Driving home the 'Open for Business' message

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Chamber of Trade Vice Chairman, Andy Barnard, has been spreading the word – in speedy style - that Cockermouth is ‘Open for Business’.

He took the message to the South of England while co-driving for his son, Richard, on the Abingdon CAR-nival Stages Rally in his new Subaru Impreza. Andy ensured the car carried the Chamber of Trade’s 'Cockermouth - Open for Business' stickers for all to see at the 13 June event.

Please support Festival's musical finale

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Please can you spare an hour or two to help with stewarding at Cockermouth Midsummer Festival’s musical finale? Cockermouth LIVE takes place on Saturday 3 July, the final day of the Festival.

A great day of events is planned, at venues all across the town. It is hoped it will bring in plenty of much-needed visitors, as was the case at the Festival’s launch on carnival day.

Chamber of Commerce networking event

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Cumbria Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free networking opportunity in Cockermouth on Wednesday 30 June. The Network Five event takes place at the Castle Bar, Market Place, from 5.30pm.

The Chamber of Commerce describes the Network Five events as its most informal and relaxed networking option, and all are welcome. A light finger buffet is kindly provided by the venue. If you are interested in attending please email or call 0845 22 600 40.

Join us for drinks

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Cockermouth & District Chamber of Trade is holding its first informal social event 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.

You will have the chance to network with other business owners, meet the Chamber’s committee members, and learn more about recent Chamber activities. The Committee members would also welcome feedback on the Chamber’s successes so far, as well as ideas for the future.

First Shop 10 winners

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Author, journalist and broadcaster Hunter Davies has performed the first Shop 10 loyalty scheme draw.

He picked the winning 10 names out of the box before dashing off to celebrate both his 50th wedding anniversary and the start of the World Cup!

Consult a colour expert before repainting your flood-damaged shop

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Are you about to repaint your flood damaged premises? Free advice on the best colour for your business is available from a Chamber of Trade member.

Maureen Lawrie is a remedial massage therapist, who also specialises as a colour and style consultant and colour therapist. She owns Colour Creations, part of the Colour Creation Company.
She says the colour decor aspect of her business is a new development which uses colour psychology to match colours to places and the activities that go on there.

Free marketing advice on offer

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Free business and marketing support is available to small businesses in West Cumbria.

The initiative is part of the UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire) Northern Lights programme.

It is open to SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprises that employ fewer than 250 people). However, it is not open to retailers and those in the farming or health sectors. The advice is intended to help those who may be:

- Just starting out

- Established businesses looking to maintain their revenue during challenging economic times

Relaxation therapies available for flood-affected business owners

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Relaxation therapies, at a great subsidised rate, are on offer for those affected by the floods.

Following the floods last November, a free Flood Clinic was set up for home and business owners whose premises had been flooded.

The therapists, who include Chamber of Trade members, offer massage, reflexology, reiki and bowen therapy. The aim is to offer some relaxation and stress relief - and also the opportunity to switch off amidst the chaos of putting homes and businesses back together.