Cockermouth Business News

1st June 6pm - Sue Hayman MP Meeting

Sue Hayman MP will be hosting the June chamber meeting at 6pm at the Kirkgate with Allerdale BC Councillors (Graeme Wilson and Councillor Phil Tibble TBC). 

She will be discussing flood related issues for businesses and talking about a campaign to protect the towns traders.

To help, can you please advise if you will be attending the meeting. 

Many thanks


Cockermouth School & Empty Shop Windows

 We've been approached by Cockermouth School via the Kirkgate about using any empty shop units or shop windows during the activities week in July 11-15 (or possilby beyond)

The idea would be to create some art as a temporary installation that could be left in for the week if not over the summer if possible.

Initially this could help if we have any empty shop windows or can you spare some space to showcase some of the artworks from the school?

Advertising with the Chamber

As you're hopefully aware, the chamber is embarking on some strategic marketing to support the town.  You can have a product in the first publication for just £30.

We have resereved some double page slots in Cumbria Life this year.  The first is in June's edition which is due to be finalised by Wednesday 11th with spaces limited and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

1st June 6pm - Sue Hayman MP Meeting

Sue Hayman MP approached the chamber a few weeks ago regarding a meeting and we have finally been able to get a date planned in.  Wednesday 1st June at 6pm has been agreed upon - venue TBC.

She is looking at the idea of supporting a campaign connected to shops in the town.  She is also meeting with the relevant ministers regarding flood insurance and would like to meet with as many chamber members as possible at this meeting.  Format is to be confirmed but suspect it will be a presentation by her with discussions following.

Please pencil the date into your diaries.

Chamber Meeting Monday 14th 6pm

Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder that the meeting on Monday 14th March is at 6pm at the newly reopend Bush (upstairs).  We will begin with a brief special meeting/agm to vote any additional members onto the execuitve and then move onto the usual chamber  monthly meeting.

Young Enterprise Awards

A letter from the Young Enterprise programme that many of you support - see below.

Young Enterprise Company Programme Presentation & Awards Evening

Thursday 17th March 2016

The Wave Centre, Ritson Wharf, Irish Street, Maryport CA15 8AD

As a supporter of Young Enterprise, I would like to invite you to attend the  West Cumbria Young Enterprise Company Programme Presentation & Awards Evening, which is being held at The Wave Centre in Maryport on Thursday 17th March 2016.

Free tickets for 12 months to the Kirkgate

We’d like to offer you free tickets to the Kirkgate Centre for the next 12 months!
The Kirkgate Centre has recently been awarded a grant by the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund, to enable us to offer free tickets to people whose homes or businesses have been flooded.
To be part of this scheme all you have to do is register your details with us and then we’ll send you a booklet of ticket vouchers.  These can then be exchanged for tickets to any events at the Kirkgate Centre over the next 12 months.

Marketing Cockermouth

Marketing was what you wanted from last years survey and so we began that journey with a micro-site on GoLakes, email marketing and social media and this is continuing to grow.  I hope to email out after next weeks meeting to explain more for those who can't attend about plans for this year. 

'Open for Business' map

You may be aware of a map that is meant to help promote towns and businesses 'open for business'.  This presently though shows only a handful of busiensses open in Cockermouth which clearly isn't right.

Can you please all take 2 minutes and update this so we appear to have more than just a handful of places open in the town.  For those due to re-open shortly, please also add yourselves to this when you open again.  Link is below