Cockermouth Business News

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

New Chamber of Trade web site

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The new Cockermouth and District Chamber of Trade web site was launched on 17 May. The web site is one of many initiatives by the Chamber of Trade to support business in Cockermouth and District and to help the town recover from the devastating floods of 2009. All members should check the entries for their businesses.

Shop 10 scheme celebrates Cockermouth’s independent traders

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Ten vouchers worth £10 each are up for grabs every month in Cockermouth thanks to a new shoppers’ scheme.

Shop 10 is a new marketing initiative organised by Cockermouth and District Chamber of Trade. It will reward locals and visitors who spend money in the town’s businesses with a monthly prize draw – and boost trade for participating retailers, many of which were affected by the floods of November 2009.

Coach firm spreads the word

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A fleet of coaches is driving home the message that Cockermouth is ‘open for business’. Reays Coaches, an award-winning travel company based in Wigton, near Carlisle, has agreed to put banners in the rear windows of 12 of its vehicles to promote the town. They made the generous offer after being approached by Cockermouth and District Chamber of Trade.

Cheers for Jennings!

Jennings is back in business after being devastated by the floods.

Production at the Castle Brewery is already back up to normal capacity, brewing 1,000 barrels of its famous ales each week. Final repairs are now being made to restore the company’s shop and brewery tour and these are expected to be open to the public in April.

During the four months it was closed for repairs, the brewery raised a massive £178,497 for the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund. A donation of 10p from every pint sold in that time was given to the Fund.