Cockermouth Business News

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.

Fill your customers’ cards before the first Shop 10 draw!

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The first Shop 10 prize draw is due to take place on Thursday 10 June. Please could all participants have a final push to fill their customers' cards with stamps before the draw deadline? Completed cards should be delivered to Meglans, 10 Station Street, before 10am on 10 June.

An amazing total of 60 outlets are now taking part across the town, with businesses ranging from retail and beauty, to hospitality and solicitors.

If your business hasn't yet signed up to Shop 10, email for details

Woolfest invitation

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Woolfest organisers, the Wool Clip, are keen to involve Cockermouth businesses in this year’s event, to be held at Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre on 25 and 26 June. Last year Woolfest attracted over 4,000 visitors.

FREE practical workshops for businesses

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A host of free seminars are being held to give business owners practical help to promote their skills and services. Organised by West Cumbria Development Agency, workshop topics range from PR and marketing, to customer service and websites. There is even an event focusing on giving a business ‘kerb appeal’ by using effective window dressing.

All the seminars are funded by WCDA’s Backing Business Programme, which means businesses can access this expertise free of charge.

Mills reopens

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Mills is back in business on Main Street. The company was operating from within Limelighting after the floods, but opened its doors again on May 28. For the store's official press release, please see the document section of this website.