Cockermouth Business News

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.

Paint the Town Red

We have been approached by the team who are running this event in Workington on Saturday 4th June this year.  They are keen to promote local trade and support businesses effected by the floods.  Any businesses interested in attending should contact Amy - details below.

As you may be aware, they held the festival in 2008 and 2012 to great success with over 50,000 people attending each event.

Consultation for Low Road retail development

Yorkshire-based property developer Opus North will be hosting a consultation event for its proposed retail development on Low Road. The consultation event will be held on Tuesday 26 January at St Joseph's Parish Hall, Crown Street,from 2-6.45pm.

Tom Arnold of Lexington Communications, on behalf of Opus North, has written to the Chamber about the consultation.

"The proposed development would bring two 16,000 sq ft retail units to Cockermouth, regenerating a brownfield site and supporting new jobs and investment.

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.