Cockermouth Business News

Launch of grant scheme for businesses affected by the floods

Funding is now available to support businesses severely affected by the recent flooding - whether flooded directly or affected less directly through, for example, extended road closures.
Grants are available to non-farming small and medium sized businesses (up to 250 full time equivalent employees). Support for farming businesses is being arranged separately through Defra.

Gote bus service

A bus service, paid for by Sainsburys, will be running from 11 December to reconnect the Gote with the town centre. It will run on a loop from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. The loop is Wakefield Road car park, Papcastle,  Main St and Sainsburys. This route will be reviewed regularly to ensure it meets residents needs.

Flood news and tips

The latest news, offers of support and information to help flood affected businesses.

Cocker Bridge (by HSBC) is open after inspection.  Gote Bridge remains closed until further inspection can take place.

Collection of damaged items

Flood Updates

We have added a page showing town centre businesses that are currently open or will open shortly. Click on Flood update on the menu.

To add your business to the list or change its status, please email

The list will be updated daily.

Fusion Go Basecamp Grand Opening

You are invited to the Fusion Go Basecamp Grand Opening & Pitching Competition on 3 December in Cockermouth.

Arrive 10.30 for 11am start, finishing 12.30 with a buffet lunch sponsored by iControls.

Fusion Go started its innovative business accelerator programme for entrepreneurs, young and existing businesses looking to step up a gear and enhance their company.

For more  info see events page HERE

Message from Steve Bishop Chairman - Car Parking

Hi everyone, There is a live consultation in progress that I would strongly recommend everyone reads, reviews and responds to.  This relates parking services in Allerdale with ideas on charges of car parks and permits.  This went out to the press last week so you may have seen this already.  If you haven’t, please read! (Links at bottom of this article)

Spirit of Christmas 2015 - Thursday 12th November 5 - 8 pm

Don't forget tomorrow night (Thursday 12th November) is the Spirit of Christmas.  The late evening, which is being supported by the town’s chamber of trade, will be from 5.00 – 8 pm

It is being stressed that the late night experience is not an exploitative venture for rich pickings or high-pressure selling – but more a chance for people to browse for ideas to relax, to have fun and to take advantage of an early opportunity to shop at the end of what might have been a stressful day.