Cockermouth Business News

Flood Excess Insurance

Through some conversations and a little research, I have found that there is an insurance product to insure against flood insurance policy excess.  Yes, that's right - an insurance to cover the policy excess on flood insruance!

A £50,000 contents insurance with £5,000 excess, even with 2 claims in the last 5 years is coming up, with a CA13 postcode, of £243.

Town Clean - Wednesday 23rd March

You may have already seen but the date of Wednesday the 23 March for this year’s Cockermouth Town Centre Clean so that it takes place prior to the Easter holidays.
We will be meeting at 10am in Memorial Garden’s car park (previously Wakefield Road) in the Bridge Cafe and will be focussing on repair works within Memorial Gardens which was badly hit during the December flood.
As ever there will be refreshments for all those that help out and I envisage that we will finish no later than 2pm.

Business Support

With insurance renewals happening at different times during the year for each business, can I ask that everyone keeps us informed of any issues they may be experiencing in obtaining or renewing insurance.  

It may be a hike in premiumns, refusal to insure or anything else, please keep us in touch.  If anyone can pass on details or issues to me ( or Joe Broomfield ( we can then collate and pass onto bodies or relevant people.

Special General Meeting

Following the AGM and the election of the executive, there were a number of people who were not present and who have expressed an interest in joining the committee.  As such, the meeting on the 14th March at the recently re-opened Bush pub, will begin at 6pm with a 'Special General Meeting/AGM' to allow additional executive members to be elected onto the committee.

Once that formal part is completed, we will consider a motion to allocate chamber funds to a marketing campaign that the working group/marketing sub-committee has agreed.

Business Networking at Shills

Found this on my travels, of possible interest -

"After work social business networking at its best" -  Free to attend these events always attract a good mix of businesses and offer a great opportunity to build new business relationships and help raise the profile of your business or organisation so don't forget your business cards!   There are no badges or formal speakers. We'll provide you with an attendee list on arrival and Chamber staff can provide introductions if needed.   

2015 / 2016 AGM

Please remember the AGM is tongiht, Monday 8th February at 6pm at the Town Hall.  The election of the executive will be taking place so anyone who wants to be involved, please come along. 

For those who can't attend but can still support in other ways, do keep in touch.  There are many of you who are contributing and I'd like to thank everyone for their support this year.

New Twitter movement

Not Just Lakes is a Twitter movement launched this week by a group of five enthusiastic locals. 

Alex Charlton and Gary Redmond, known as @KeswickBootCo @StanPalmerHonda respectively, roped in fellow tweeters Paul McLoughlin @Glocky9, Rod Harrington @CumbriaWeather and Beth Pipe @CumbrianRambler, who between them have over 37,000 followers. 

Online petition re Business Flood Insurance

Bluefin have forwarded a link.  It is to an online petition to try to persuade the government to change the FloodRe scheme in order to include, amongst others, business premises.   FloodRe is the scheme being introduced to guarantee private householders flood insurnace but presently it excludes businesses. 

From what Bluefin tell us, perhaps the only chance of us and others getting flood insurance cover going forward is if that scheme is changed by the government to included businesses.