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In the construction business?

If you're in the construction trade - or know someone who is - you may be interested in a Meet the Buyer event taking place on 22 April 2014. It's for companies or individuals who want to get involved in Allerdale Borough Council's creation of a new leisure centre and swimming pool in Workington. Full details of the event can be found here:


Fancy joining the party?

Date for your diary folks... Sunday 28 September 2014. The Chamber, in partnership with Allerdale Borough Council and Taste Cumbria, is planning a bit of a 'do' - complete with posh frocks, food and entertainment. This is the Sunday of the Taste Cumbria weekend and Sue Eccles at The Trout has kindly given us access to the marquee which will be up in the hotel's grounds for the night. So, the plan is to raise some cash for some food related charities from the ticket sales, sponsorship and a raffle.

Good promo for town in hard times?

So Cockermouth's been in the news a few times this week - and hopefully it is really spreading the word that the town is open, thriving and positive, despite that big hole in the middle of Main St.

Fancy a little personal attention?

Lily & Co in Market Place is holding personal shopping evenings for groups of  six or more, free fizz and discount, evening of your choice between 5pm and 8pm. Make an evening of it and enjoy the hospitality of the bars and restaurants here in Market Place too.
Anyone interested, please contact owner Dawn Balmer via email at to book a date in the diary. From previous experience these evenings have been great fun for all concerned. Great for a girls night out!

Do you need business support?

Did you know financial support is available for marketing and business development from Britain's Energy Coast? The Backing Business grants could help you. Find out more here:



Get involved with the App

Here are the links to download the Cockermouth app. We've got plans to use it widely for some pre-Easter promotion of deals, offers, discounts, good news. Please spread the word.


Fred makes the news!

Look who's going to be gracing the pages of the Times & Star this week! Fred (on the left, with T&S Cockermouth reporter James Broadhurst...) is on secondment from The Toy Shop and keeps appearing in the midst of diggers, surveyors, earth movers and the like on Main Street.

High speed broadband races into Cockermouth

Please see news release below about high speed broadband for Cockermouth.


High-speed fibre broadband is now available to the first homes and businesses in Cockermouth, thanks to the multi-million pound Connecting Cumbria partnership.

Meet the business owner

Get to know one of the town's businesses at an event on Thursday 3 April from 6pm - 8pm. Vanessa at JB Banks & Son on Market Place is opening up her shop and museum for other business owners to find out what's on offer. RSVP essential (so she can buy enough wine!!) email

PR & social media workshop

If you want some tips on how to promote your business in traditional print and broadcast media, and through social media, a informal workshop will take place on Tuesday 1 April 2014 from 6pm at The Saints Rooms (thanks to Nick Lawler at Winder Hall for letting us use the venue again for free). There'll be two presentations - one from Suzanne Elsworth of Elsworth Communications with some PR ideas, and another from Steve Bishop at Flame Concepts with his top tips for using social media like Twitter, Facebook and Google+.