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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.

Update from Cockermouth by Candlelight

Road Closures on Friday 11th December

The bollards will start to be placed at 12 midday with Main Street (from Wordsworth House to Station Street) & Market Place ( from the junction with Kirkgate to the entrance with Bitterbeck Car park ) closing at 3pm. The Rotary chaps will be manning the barricades from then until 8pm when Cockermouth by Candlelight  finishes. After that CN Events will take over the responsibility for managing the closure of Main Street & Market Place will reopen .


Town Centre Map - URGENT

Please find here a draft version of the new Cockermouth town centre map. Please can you check the map for accuracy and let me know if you spot any errors that need to be changed prior to the final version being approved? The deadline for comments to be with Joe Broomfield is 12pm on Friday 13 November.

Please forward this to anyone that you feel would be interested and would be willing to help check for errors. 

Next Executive Meeting - Change of Date

Please note that the next Executive Meeting will take place on Monday 7th December 2015 6pm at the Bush.  All welcome

News Update from Steve Bishop

For those who weren't aware, the chamber has been working this year on new ways to market the town.  This is forming different ideas and strands, another of which I'll email separately on shortly. One that had been in development for a while is strengthening our exposure to the 2M website visitors to the Cumbria tourism website, GoLakes. 

Working with Cumbria tourism (CT), we have developed a new town format that is a micro-site within the overall website and better promotes our key strengths and reasons to visit.

Shopwatch Meeting - Wednesday 11th November 2015

Next Shopwatch Meeting will be held at Cockermouth Town Hall on Wednesday 11th November at 5.30pm (Please note that this is the revised date!)

In the run up to Christmas it is important for as many traders as possible to attend this short meeting to receive advice and guidance on crime prevention in the run up to Christmas.  For further information please contact

Cockermouth School Young Enterprise Scheme

Young Enterprise Scheme for current academic year (Message from Brian Trengrove)

For the last few years we have donated to the Young Enterprise scheme at Cockermouth School.  The original request was for £500. Each year The Trout generously gives £250 and we ask ten members of the Chamber to donate £25.

Last year we received 16 donations.  We gave the school £250 and £150 was ring fenced for this year.

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

Due to the huge success of this event 2 years ago, the Retailers and Restaurateurs of Cockermouth have decided to open their doors late for everyone to come and get ideas for Christmas.  All participating shops will have different offers on for the evening, giveaways, discount etc and many will hope you will join them in a Christmas drink to make the evening even more enjoyable.

The evening is not all about selling. It is more to show the people of Cockermouth what fantastic shops you have on your doorstep and the amazing selection of product available in this superb town.