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Taste of the Sea - All the fun and the fayre

What a fantastic weekend was had by all at the Taste of the Sea festival in Maryport. The very first of its kind in the area was enjoyed by all the businesses involved, local people and visitors - the kids  had a ball with all the activities on offer. Take a look at the delightful food, fun and entertainment on our Taste Cumbria Facebook page 

So... what next? In the words of Oliver Twist 'Please sir, I want more'  - and so you shall.

Our next Taste Cumbria festival will be held in Cockermouth on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September 2021. Our flagship event is returning! Cumbria’s biggest food and drink festival enjoys over 25,000 visitors. The festival brings local shops, restaurants, and chefs together for a weekend of dancing taste buds. 

Expect the best from Taste Cumbria! We will have big producers’ markets, expert demonstrations, beer tents, hot food courts, children’s entertainment, live music, comedy and more.  

We shall also be welcoming back our Christmas Taste Cumbria Festival on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December 2021. 

Here's your chance to get involved. If you have a local food business and wish to participate, then please complete the form below to secure your stall. The stalls are on a first come first serve basis and we prioritise Cumbrian businesses.)  

Taste Cumbria Cockermouth

If you would like to get involved in other ways, please contact:   

Solway Coast Cycling Festival

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Solway Coast Cycling Festival line-up

The itinerary for the first-ever Solway Coast Cycling Festival has been revealed.

The celebration of all things cycling will take place on Silloth Green from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, September 11 – just one day after the Tour of Britain has raced through Cumbria.

The festival will be an opportunity to explore the beautiful Solway Coast by bike on a guided ride or go into the town centre and enjoy the many activities on offer, which include:

  • Free 30-minute bike check & fix (must be booked in advance)
  • Free 45-minute E-bike taster session (must be booked in advance)
  • Free kids cycling skills sessions
  • Smoothie bikes
  • Way-marked cycle routes
  • Free guided cycle rides (must be booked in advance)
  • Free web-enabled exercise bikes
  • Watch the fast-paced action of grass-track bike racing
  • Free play and craft activities for younger children
  • Climbing wall and bungee trampoline

A full list of the activities, times and how to sign-up to any bookable sessions can be found on the Visit Allerdale website.

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The Solway Coaster video

Solway Coaster

The ‘Solway Coaster’ is a 14.1km route between Allonby and Silloth on Cumbria's Solway Coast. The link between the coastal towns forms part of the National Cycle Network Route 72 (Hadrian’s Cycleway), which runs from Ravenglass, Cumbria, to South Shields in Tyne and Wear.

The new section of path, completed in early 2021, joins onto the already successful route from Maryport to Allonby. A combination of on and off-road sections, this new stretch of Hadrian’s Cycleway offers spectacular views of the Solway Coast and Scotland to the west and the Lake District Fells to the east.

See the stunning local scenery captured with spectacular drone-footage of Hadrian's Cycleway (National Route 72) as it makes its way along the Solway Coast in Allerdale between Maryport and Silloth.

Solway Video


Join our Allerdale Business Community Facebook Group

Keep up to date with the latest news, and join a network local business people. Click the image to join.

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Gambling Act 2005 – Consultation on Statement of Gambling Policy 2022-25

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Under the Gambling Act 2005, each local authority is required to prepare and publish their statement of policy every three years. Prior to that there must be a period of consultation with a wide range of organisations, responsible authorities, residents and businesses as specified in the legislation.

The statement of policy sets out the principles that Allerdale Borough Council propose to apply in exercising its functions under the Gambling Act 2005, in particular for managing the expectations in relation to operators with premises in the locality. 

The Council is currently undertaking a review of its statement of gambling policy and you have the opportunity to comment as part of this process. The draft policy is available on the website for your attention (

Draft amendments are highlighted in red and are in accordance with the latest Gambling Commission guidance and legislation. Also available is a document for completion with any comments you may wish to submit. Both documents are also available from this office.

The Statement will be referred to the Licensing Committee in October 2021 together with any responses to the consultation for their consideration. It will then be presented to Council on 8 December 2021. The new policy will be effective from January 2022.

Please return any comments to the Licensing Department, Allerdale House, Workington or by emailing by 30 September 2021.


Get involved : Hadrian's Wall 1900 


Be part of Hadrian's Wall 1900 Festival

24th January – 23 December 2022

Throughout next year Hadrian’s Wall Partnership are celebrating 1900 years since the wall was built. Individuals, groups, communities, organisations and venues along the length of the wall are being encouraged to get involved in Hadrian’s Wall’s year-long festival and run their own activities or events to help celebrate.

Ultimately, the festival will celebrate 1900 years of this incredible World Heritage Site and mark the commencement of the building of Hadrian's Wall.

By connecting people and places through time and bringing to life the culture and experiences of local people living and working along the Wall, this festival will deliver something that will stand the test of time, just like the Wall itself!

Want to get involved in, or know more about this marvellous celebration? Just click on the link for details:

Get involved

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A message from Cumbria Chamber

We are happy to say we have officially announced our refreshed board of directors. We’re sure the new directors will join the existing team in bringing the full level of their knowledge and expertise to help the Chamber as it continues to serve Cumbria’s business community. 

Elsewhere, recently our colleagues have relaunched the Growth Hub’s supply chain activity. Following a successful event with Sellafield Ltd in July, the support through the Cumbria Business Growth Hub is continuing with two further supply chain events announced for September and more coming on stream shortly. You can find out more here.

And as the Chamber continues on its upward surge we’ve also got two new vacancies which have been made public in the past week. You can find them on our news feeds and links are here and here.


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Messages from Cumbria Tourism

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Cumbria Tourism is urging businesses to make their voices heard amidst a recruitment crisis

As COVID-19 business support comes to an to end - despite many employers struggling to recruit and retain staff - as the county’s official Destination Management Organisation (DMO) We are encouraging businesses to share their concerns as we continue to lobby the Government on their behalf. 

Our lobbying activity relies on the in-depth information businesses across the county provide, and has achieved real success throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

With businesses continuing to face new and existing challenges, including a severe staffing shortages, we are asking you to share your latest experiences through our short and anonymous Business Tracker Survey.

This continues to be a very fast-moving situation, and our survey allows us to take a snapshot to highlight the most pressing concerns as we arrange meetings with MPs and key decision makers. We know that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) welcomes and uses this research.

Thank you again for your support, your anonymous response will help us shape our activity, support and calls for action going forward.

Business Tracker Survey



Recruitment Campaign update

With GCSE and A Level results released earlier this week our campaign has been focussing on apprenticeships and other opportunities for young people seeking to embark on long-term careers within our industry.

Our latest media activity highlighting the inspiring stories of two local hotel managers, detailing their path to success and encouraging young people to follow their lead, learn more HERE. We are also currently seeking a PR & Communications Apprentice to join our busy team here at Cumbria Tourism as we continue to work on your behalf. The role is advertised on HERE and is just one of the many varied opportunities currently being advertised across our sector. 

Take your business to the next level with Help to Grow

Two government-backed programmes have launched designed to help you learn new skills, reach new customers and boost profits. The Help to Grow: Management programme is a 12-week practical curriculum including financial management, growth and innovation as well as digital adoption. Help to Grow: Digital, launching this autumn, will offer free and impartial advice on how to use technology within your business. The programme also offers a 50% discount on approved software platforms. Learn more HERE.

Allerdale Business Website - advertise your vacancies

Did you know you can advertise your vacancies or apprenticeship opportunities on our Business Website? Click on the image for details.

Business Website

Government-backed insurance scheme to give boost to events industry


The live events sector is set to get a boost with a world-leading government-backed insurance scheme worth over £750 million, which will help them plan events with confidence through to next year.

So the government has partnered with Lloyd’s to deliver the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme as part of the Plan for Jobs. The scheme will see the government act as a ‘reinsurer’ – stepping in with a guarantee to make sure insurers can offer the products events companies need.

The live events sector is worth more than £70 billion annually to the economy and supports more than 700,000 jobs, including small businesses and the self-employed.

The live events industry, which has repeatedly called for such a plan, broadly welcomed the
announcement. More than half of all music festivals have been cancelled this summer. And several events, including the Boomtown and Womad festivals, have cited an inability to obtain cancellation insurance as a factor in their decision.

A number of prominent insurers in the Lloyd’s market, including Arch, Beazley, Dale, Hiscox and Munich Re are supporting the scheme which will provide events companies with the option of purchasing cover from next month, alongside standard commercial events insurance, giving them the reassurance they need to plan ahead while also ensuring value for money for taxpayers.

GOV.UK: Govt backed insurance events scheme

Together for our planet. Sector Guidance Week 16-20 August

Together for our planet

As part of the Business Climate Leaders' campaign, we’re planning a week of ‘sector guidance’ themed communications activity during w/c 16 August. This will mark the release of new sector-specific net zero guidance, now available on the UK Business Climate Hub. The focus of the week will be on the manufacturing, retail and digital tech sectors.The theme for the Business Climate Leaders campaign for August is ‘Sectors', which encourages SMEs to view new, sector-specific, net zero guidance on the SME Hub. We are focusing our ‘Sectors’ activities on w/c 16 August and prioritising three sectors: manufacturing, retail and digital tech.

Find an updated toolkit including ‘Sectors’ assets and social media copy below (for use w/c 16 August):

Sector Guidance Week

Lakes College Civil Engineering Training Centre making progress

Work in progress at the Civil Engineering Training Centre at Lakes College.

Thank you to Jake, one of the Trainee Engineers for Story Contracting sending in this great picture he took of the works they are completing.

Story Construction Lakes College


Good news stories from this week

Keswick Adventures

Keswick Adventures shortlisted for two major awards 

Keswick Adventures have been nominated both the World Luxury Travel Awards and Rural Business Awards North.

With over 20 years of experience, they offer a range of exciting outdoor activities and things to do across the national park. Not too much long until they find out if they have won the award! Voting ends 22 August 2021. Winners will then be announced at The World Luxury Travel Awards on 2 October 2021 and the Rural Business Awards on 1 October 2021.

We wish them the very best of luck! 


Lakes College

Success for Lakes College students on GCSE day

Hundreds of excited students are celebrating after receiving impressive results at Lakes College.

A second year of no exams, due to the pandemic, didn't stop the students' success in achieving top grades.

Level 3 and BTEC learners at the Lillyhall-based college are breathed a sigh of relief as results day came around once again, with many achieving top grades and continuing onto University.  

Chris Nattress, Lakes College Principal said: I’m delighted that so many of our Level 3 students have been awarded fantastic results today, which they thoroughly deserve.  

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We're delighted for the Frostom's Friends & Family group.

Thanks to Workington Town Council, the community group been given a place to host its meetings.
The Frostom's Friends & Family Group had nowhere to hold its meetings after being told by Castles & Coasts last year that it could no longer use a room at the Moorbank’s office on Annie Pit Lane.
Workington Town Council was keen to make use of the space for community groups in their new building on Princess Street and has given the group somewhere to hold their meetings.
Councillor Carole Armstrong said that she is 'delighted to have helped the group find a new home'.

See the full story in the News & Star

Upcoming events 

Cumbria Growth Hub

Peer Network 

Take advantage of business opportunities by joining free cohorts with Cumbria Business Growth Hub and give your businesses the chance to become a part of one of their Peer Networks. This is ideal for our business if you want to develop your business skills, overcome business challenges, explore new solutions to problems and share ideas with like-minded business people. To be eligible, your business must have at least 5 employees, a turnaround of at least £100,000 and to have been operating for at least one year. The cohorts combined will last 22 hours over a 6-month period. To get involved or find out more please use the following link: Peer Network


FSB Members'

Lancashire and Cumbria Members' Meeting

Businesses can now operate without face masks or social distancing, however new concerns are arising around self-isolation, staff shortages and deferred payments, all while business support through grants and furlough is being phased out. Join us as we discuss the current business climate and what can be done to help the small business community recover.

Making new connections, finding valuable collaborators and seeking support from the local business community has never been easier! Join us for our next FSB Members’ Peer Support and Online Networking session from your work desk, home office, on site or via your mobile and you’ll have a new way to build your network and gain valuable business advice.

Thursday, 23 September 2021 FROM 15:00 - 16:30 To book your place at this FREE event, follow this link: Lancashire & Cumbria Members' Meeting



Department of International Trade North West (DIT) 

Export Academy & Masterclass series dates: 

Export Academy - (10 x 1hr sessions over 5 weeks) 7 September – 8 October Tuesdays & Thursdays 14:00 - 15:00 OR Wednesdays & Fridays 10:00 - 11:00 Export Academy

Developing International Trade Online Virtual Workshop

Developing International Trade online

Growing Your Business Internationally Virtual Workshop

Growing your business internationally

Internationalisation Fund  

Internationalisation Fund

For further information, visit:  DIT home