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

Exclusive ‘Cockermouth - Open for Business’ jute shopping bags unveiled by Lord Melvyn Bragg, one of which, packed with treats from Cocker mouth traders, is to be sent to the Prince of Wales. The bags are on sale across the town and also in Booths supermarket in Keswick

Free ‘Cockermouth – Open for Business’ advertising arranged on a fleet of coaches owned by locally-owned international travel company, Reays

Shop 10 loyalty scheme launched, giving shoppers the chance to win a share of £100 of vouchers each month

30,000 new visitor leaflets created and distributed to Tourist Information Centres, entertainment venues, accommodation, retailers and tourist attractions across the region

Giant map on display at Sainsbury’s detailing which traders are open and where those hit by the floods have relocated to

5,000 map leaflets printed and distributed throughout the town and neighbouring towns and villages

Flood Trail created, in conjunction with Cockermouth Civic Trust, complete with self-guided tour leaflets, story boards in flood-hit premises and ‘tide mark’ stickers

Interactive Chamber of Trade website launched, giving easy access to members’ details for those visiting and living in the town

More than 1,000 signatures (also increasing by the day) obtained on a petition calling for free car parking provision

Hundreds of children participated in a poster competition, designed to brighten the windows of flood-damaged shops

Raised profile of the town through increased positive media coverage featuring Chamber activities

A monthly newsletter is distributed to all members, keeping them in touch with Chamber news as well as information about the town’s flood recovery

Key stats:

Number of members– Increased from three, when the Chamber was disbanded prior to the floods, to 148, and this number is still growing

Members’ combined years of trading and expertise– More than 2,000!

Total number of employees represented– In excess of 900

Type of businesses represented– From internationally-renowned motorsport experts, to retailers, tourist attractions, healthcare and well-being providers, plus pubs and restaurants, IT specialists, window cleaners, business consultancies and even a recording studio.