Cockermouth Business News

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.

Traders hand over parking petition

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Traders from Cockermouth have handed over a petition containing almost 2,000 signatures - including one from Lord Melvyn Bragg - to council chiefs in Allerdale. The document urges councillors to help the flood-hit town’s recovery by offering some free car parking provision. Business owners say this is vital to boost visitor numbers and increase trade.

Insurance company’s grant to Cockermouth businesses

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Global insurance giant Aviva has made a donation to Cockermouth and District Chamber of Trade. The company has given £4,500 to enable the Chamber to increase its marketing activity and improve the town’s profile and economy. This takes the total received in grants and donations to more than £23,000.

Aviva made the offer after hearing about the Chamber’s extensive activities at a meeting held with HRH The Prince of Wales. The Prince was making his second visit to the town to see what progress had been made since the floods which devastated the town in November 2009.

Cockermouth's recovery - 6 months on

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Cockermouth and District Chamber of Trade is marking six months since floods devastated the town with a review of its achievements.

New initiatives undertaken by the Chamber since the floods include:

More than £23,000 of funding received from grants and generous donations, being used to implement the Chamber of Trade’s short-term marketing plan

Lobbying decision-makers at local, regional and national level and working closely with those agencies and individuals tasked with flood recovery