Love Your Local Market, Taste of Wigton programme, relaunched Grant scheme, Lakes College Civil Centre opens, supplier opportunities, good news stories, events and more...

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Love your local market 


It’s Time to Show Love for Your Local Market

The National Campaign returned on Saturday 16th October and will continue until Saturday 30th October 2021.

Many markets rose to the challenges of the last 18 months by offering new services, online shopping and delivery services and it is clear that a rediscovery of their importance for local communities and our high streets is underway.

Love Your Local Market runs across the UK with hundreds of markets taking part. It offers the support of a national campaign, created and supported by NABMA (The National Association of British Market Authorities). 

Our local Allerdale markets

We have four fabulous markets in our area. Go along, enjoy and support Keswick Market Thursday and Saturday, Silloth Market Thursday, Workington market Saturday and Wednesday and Wigton Friday Market. Such a lot of great variety to browse and buy.

Want to know more or apply for a stall?  Allerdale Markets

  • During Love Your Local Market our Keswick and Workington Markets will be providing some great entertainment from Jason the Juggling Jester and Free Face painting as follows: Wednesday 27th Workington Market,Thursday 28th Keswick Market. 
  • On Saturday 30th, Keswick Market will host Jason the Jester once again as well as the Allerdale Market Trader of the Year Award.

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Taste Cumbria comes to Wigton...This Saturday!

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The first ever Taste Cumbria - Taste of Wigton event is happening this Saturday. It's going to be a full day of food, drink and much fun. The event will highlight all the businesses and heritage this pretty town has to offer. 

The full programme includes FREE ticketed events, a Teddy Trail (and you could win an iPad!) Organised by North Allerdale Development Trust, there are 15 bears to spot in 15 different businesses. There's loads of kids activities, workshops, street art sessions, an open day at John Peel Theatre - pick up a leaflet and take the Wigton Heritage Trail and much more. Take a look here: Taste of Wigton

Opportunity to work on Allerdale’s Shop Local Campaign

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Allerdale Borough Council invites quotations for the provision of a shop local marketing campaign to encourage Allerdale  residents to shop local to support the recovery and growth of retail businesses in the borough following the lifting of Covid regulations. The campaign costs are funded by the Government's Welcome Back Fund. More details here. 

The closing date for submission of quotations is 5 November 2021.

Cumbria Beyond 2025

Cumbria and Beyond

Step into a unique open space to share your aspirations, challenges and future needs for Cumbria beyond 2025

Question Time takes on a whole new meaning in the first summit of its kind to explore what has to happen to boost future innovation and leadership across Cumbria.

Cumbria Beyond 2025 is set to bring business owners, leaders, entrepreneurs, academics and decision makers together for a unique in-the-round gathering.

Powering up leadership and Innovation for our VUCA world

We are living in a volatile, ambiguous, complex, and uncertain (VUCA) world. Leaders are facing unprecedented challenges with a need to move at a fast pace while also driving innovation and fostering resilience. How can we ensure Cumbria thrives in this VUCA world and how can we ensure the continual development of our leaders and innovators?

University of Cumbria & CUSP II (Cumbria Innovations Platform) invites Cumbria business leaders and stakeholders to step forward into a unique open space to share aspirations, challenges, and future needs for powering up leadership and innovation.

The free event is being held at the Crown and Mitre Hotel, Carlisle, on November 10, from 9am to 3.30pm.

Book here.

Covid-19 grant scheme for businesses in Allerdale relaunched 

ARG Relaunched

We are encouraging eligible local businesses to apply for a new version of a government-backed grant made available to those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.      

A relaunched Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is available from today (Monday, October 18th) for eligible businesses who can demonstrate that Covid-19 restrictions and regulations reduced their turnover in the financial year 2020/21 compared to 2019/20. 

This is the third time the ARG scheme has been in operation since the start of the pandemic and is open to businesses who have not made an application for, or have not received, a grant through any earlier Covid business grant schemes administered by Allerdale Borough Council. Businesses must have traded throughout the financial years 2019/20 and 2020/21. 

Grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 may be available to eligible businesses depending on how much their turnover has been affected. 

 The ARG funding is to support those businesses who have been severely impacted by restrictions and were not eligible for any of the previous Covid business support grants administered by Allerdale Borough Council.  

The last date for receipt of applications for this final round grant scheme is 12pm on Friday, 12 November, 2021. To apply, and see a full description of the eligibility criteria, should  visit our website here: ARG Grant relaunch.

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Allerdale Borough Council Supplier Opportunity

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Following a Housing Act 2004, Housing Health and Safety Rating Inspection, Allerdale Borough Council is seeking quotations for the remedial action to a property in Allerdale.

Further details are outlined in the specification of our Request for Quote document. 

The project / contract is for approximately 1 month. The intended commencement date is 01/12/2021 (or sooner) for completion by the end of January 2022.

Further details are available here upon registration of your interest to this invitation.

All further correspondence about this project must be directed through the notification link on The Chest.

Submission Deadline for quotes is 26th October 2021 at 11:00am

Market Engagement Allerdale and Copeland Borough Council

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Market Engagement Allerdale and Copeland Borough Council to assess the level of Market Interest in delivering Leisure Services


Allerdale Borough Council in conjunction with neighbouring authority Copeland Borough Council are seeking to engage with external suppliers and organisations to assess the level of market interest in delivering both Allerdale and Copeland Leisure Services when their respective current contract’s are due to end in March 2024. The purpose of the engagement at this stage is to develop an understanding of the benefits of outsourcing provision and identify solutions to managing the future service. 

This is a pre-tender exercise and is to test and analyse what the market could offer and what capacity and interest there is in providing this service. For further details, to register your interest and to return your response, please log into The Chest – you can register for free from the link. Further details are available upon registration of your interest to this invitation. All further correspondence about this project must be directed through the notification link on The Chest. *Please note that this is not a contract opportunity at this stage*

Deadline for responses is 29th October 2021 @ 11.00am

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EU transition updates - Support for businesses


Webinars and videos about trading with the EU are available online and provide practical details about moving goods between the EU and Great Britain (GB) including on procedures and systems at the borders and detail about the new import requirements in Great Britain (GB).

They cover details of interest to all in the supply chain, traders, hauliers, intermediaries and trade associations.

A full calendar of webinars for organisations that trade with the EU can be found on GOV.UK Webinars

Businesses can also use the Brexit Checker tool, which provides a personalised list of the most up to date actions that businesses need to take. Brexit Checker Tool.

Procurement advice

Get help and advice from our knowlegeable team - click on the image to see our video 


Messages from Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

Cumbria Growth Hub

Cumbria Business Growth Hub holds free workshops for eligible businesses with funding from the European Regional Development Fund. Check out the upcoming workshops and if you’re interested in attending, please email for more information and to secure a place.

Information about the following courses can be found on one page here.

The Growth Hub are repeating the Social Value Advisory Sessions course. This course has been held twice and booked places up quickly. So, if anyone missed out, we'd urge you to secure your place today as we only have a few places left. The course starts on Thursday, 21st October, followed by the 4th, 11th and 18th November between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Delegation to Improve People & Business Performance – Wednesday, 20th October, 9.30am-12.30pm

Gain the confidence to let go of tasks without losing control and gain the skills to use delegation as a motivational tool to increase performance.

Get LinkedIn or Get Left Out – Wednesday, 3rd November, 10am-1pm

Learn tips and tricks on how to get the most from your LinkedIn account, how to establish yourself as an expert and how to use the online world to compliment your offline networks.

Search Engine Optimisation and Paid Advertising – Thursday, 11th November, 1-4.30pm

Learn how to gain visibility for your organisation and how important SEO is for your website.

Boosting You Productivity with Processes and Apps – Tuesday, 16th November, 10am-1pm

This workshop will look at the popular productivity hacks and explore the top apps that can boost your productivity and improve your work/life balance.

Social Media Content to Promote Your Business – Thursday, 2nd December, 10am-4pm

In this practical workshop, you’ll learn to design engaging content which will get you the attention that your business deserves.

All information about the workshops can be found here.

*European Regional Development Fund eligibility criteria applies.

On Friday 22 October, Chamber International is hosting an online workshop, Exporting - Help to Find New Markets. This series of new events will show businesses how to leverage the Global Business Network to achieve their growth ambitions beginning with Japan and Mexico. BCC's Anne-Marie Martin is opening the session to introduce and highlight Chamber’s Global Business Network. See more information here and book here.

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Cumbria's bid for new fusion technology moves one 'STEP' closer

It has been announced that the Moorside site in West Cumbria has progressed to the final stage in the process to find a host location for the UK’s first prototype Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) nuclear fusion power plant.

The site, adjacent to the Sellafield complex, was selected in March 2021 as the favoured Cumbrian location to be submitted to UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA’s) national siting competition, following a mini-siting competition hosted by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP).

The application was then developed by CLEP, alongside Copeland Borough Council and a range of other partners.

Last Thursday, UKAEA announced that Moorside has made the final shortlist, alongside four other sites across the UK. The shortlist has seen the longlist of 15 sites whittled down to the five remaining in the competition. Cumbria’s competitors are Ardeer (North Ayrshire), Goole (East Riding of Yorkshire), Ratcliffe-on-Soar (Nottinghamshire) and Severn Edge (South Gloucestershire & Gloucestershire).

STEP is a government backed programme to build a prototype fusion energy plant that would aim to generate net electricity as well as demonstrating how the plant will be maintained and how it will produce its own fuel.

More information

Remembrance Sunday - Workington Town Council

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Remembrance Sunday Workington and Harrington
Sunday 14 November 2021

Workington Town Council are encouraging businesses and residents to participate with tributes in honour of Remembrance Day. They are asking locals and businesses to also send in photographs of their Remembrance themed window displays and other areas of tribute. The photographs will be featured on the Workington Town Council Facebook page and on the colour screen in the town centre.

Harrington: The parade assembles at The Royal British Legion in Harrington from 9.30am and leaves at 9.40am.
The parade arrives at St Mary's Church at 9.50am for a service from 10am-10.40am.
Participants then move outside for a short service by the Cenotaph before parading back to the Harrington Royal British Legion at 11.15am for pie, peas and gravy.

Workington: The parade will assemble on Pow Street from 1.45pm for a 2pm start.
The parade will then go onto Vulcan Park for a service by the Cenotaph and continue the parade onto St Michael's Church for a 3pm service.

Around the Town
Look out for the silent solider silhouettes. The silhouettes were first displayed in 2018 as part of the ‘There But Not There’ project but are now displayed annually. The soldiers will be installed at Moss Bay (near the Forgehill estate), Workington Railway Station, Jubilee Corner on Oxford Street, and on Church Road in Harrington. Remembrance Sunday

Civil Engineering Training Centre opens

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The multi million pound Civil Engineering Training Centre has officially opened at Lakes College.

Guests including local employers, dignitaries and education and training leaders gathered as Copeland MP Trudy Harrison cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the £3m centre.

This was followed by a tour of the facility, then brunch served by Lakes College catering students.

The Department for Education awarded £1.6 million for the project, along with £900,000 from Cumbria LEP’s Growth Deal fund, and £550,000 of college funds.

Some of the courses which will be delivered in the new centre are: T Level in Design, Surveying and Planning; Construction and the Built Environment Apprenticeships; Site Safety for Supervisors and Cable Detection. See more.

Upskill your workforce

Lakes College are now providing ‘EDGE’ courses for employers which is a partnership of Cumbrian training providers working together to deliver skills support to Cumbrian businesses to benefit their workforce. There are funded opportunities for SME’s to support the growth of their businesses. There is also funded for businesses undergoing industrial restructures. To be eligible for the course you must be a Cumbrian business with under 250 employees. All employees must be over the age of 16 and be a resident in the UK.

There are a wide range of courses available to help upskill your staff. Find out more: Lakes College

More information on The Edge in Cumbria

Messages from Cumbria Tourism

Cumbria Tourism

Upload your events

As we prepare for half-term and Halloween (where did the time go?) don't forget to make the most of your Cumbria Tourism membership. If you're a business organising events, upload them to the CT website for FREE HERE and also use the calendar as a resource to share with your guests. Also, be sure to make the most of wider initiatives including the upcoming Cumbria Dark Skies Festival 

Campaigning to retain the VAT cut

Ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget (on Wednesday 27 October), CT are calling on the Government to permanently lower the 12.5% VAT rate for tourism businesses to help protect jobs and safeguard the long-term future of the county’s visitor economy.

CT would like to extend a 'thank you' to all members who fed into their research on this topic to strengthen our voice. 77% of survey respondents believe that maintaining the 12.5% VAT rate will be ‘highly important’ to businesses, with 6 in 10 saying the planned return to 20% VAT in April could lead to serious cutbacks and job losses.

Cumbria Tourism will continue to lobby on this important issue. Learn more HERE.

Joining forces with Creative England to further promote film tourism

Cumbria Tourism is proud to announce that they are now part of the Filming in England partnership, working in partnership with Creative England to highlight Cumbria as a location to production crews.

Previous work has seen fantastic promotion of the county on both the large and small screen (including Supernova starring Colin Firth, ITV's Deep Water, BBC One's The A Word and more, and with the benefits also including crew accommodation and hospitality alongside marketing hooks they are committed to further promoting the county through this medium. Click HERE to learn more.

Allerdale Business Website - advertise your vacancies

Did you know you can advertise your vacancies or apprenticeship opportunities on our Business Website? - It's FREE to do so. Click on the image for details.

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Good news stories from this week

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Josie Gibson takes on Honister Slate Mine's Via Ferrata

TV personality Josie Gibson's latest challenge saw her face her fear of heights. She was very brave (and very vocal) as she took on Cumbria's very own toughest challenge, Via Ferrata. The episode aired last week to kick off her spin off series on ITV Good Morning

Take a look at her extreme mountain challenge, courtesy of ITV Josie's Extreme Adventures

The Pheasant, Bassenthwaite

One of the Lake District’s oldest inns has reopened following a full-scale refurbishment.

The Pheasant Inn, Bassenthwaite has opened its doors once again following a major restoration project to breathe new life into the 17th century coaching inn.

The redevelopment has seen the inn’s dining and bar areas undergo a careful restoration, along with the transformation of its 20 bedrooms by owners, multi-award winning pubco, The Inn Collection Group. Seen cutting the ribbon to officially reopen The Pheasant was head housekeeper, Gillian Gaston, who has worked at the inn for 25 years. (Image George Carrick Photography)

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Award for family business and oldest outdoor centre

We’re delighted to see that Newlands Adventure Centre & Keswick Climbing Wall  been named Best Outdoor Centre in the North region. Naturally, they are both proud and delighted and the team say...

'We had some fantastic competition for this award this year so it really is an honour to win this award and go on to represent the north region in the national finals!' 

They go on to represent the North of England at the national final of the Amazon Rural Business Awards in February 2022. The awards are organised by rural business for rural business with the aim of celebrating the achievements of rural businesses and developing a strong network for rural business owners. Newlands have won the national finals for the past two years. Good luck Newlands - here's hoping February sees 3 in a row. 

See their sheer delight on their Facebook page post: Newlands win

Upcoming events 


FSB Events

Cyber Security and the Small Business - Thursday 21 October 2021, 12:00 – 13:00

Four in 10 small businesses report they have been victims of cyber-crime, with the average cost a jaw dropping £8,460 to put right. Could you afford to become part of those stats? 

Join FSB for this bite sized session led by Detective Superintendent Neil Jones, Director of the North West Cyber Resilience Centre (NWCRC), to help you understand the threats you face as a business, the impact a co-ordinated cyber-attack can have on a small firm like yours, but – crucially – what you can do to reduce your chance of being targeted. Event details

FSB Small Business Virtual Conference: The Journey to Net Zero - Tuesday 2 November 2021, 10:00 – 15:30  

As the COP26 climate talks take place in the UK this November, this gives us the perfect opportunity to explore the significant role small businesses will play in the transition to Net Zero. Join us for this free conference to find out what’s in it for you. Event details


Cumbria LEP

This free-to-access session is open to all Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and are part of CLEP’s expanded business support programme delivered at no cost to participants.

Performance Workshop

Date: November 10th, 14:00-16:00

It takes courage to be a business leader. This is especially true when it comes to managing (under) performance. Accountability is so much easier said than done and no one really likes to upset people.

How can you manage performance in a less stressful, more effective way? How can you make your people and teams more responsible for their own performance? Register now.

Digital Tech Cumbria

Digital Tech Cumbria

Making your website earn its keep – Webinar - Tuesday 26th October at 10am Book Here

Powerful PR – Webinar Tuesday 9th November at 10am Book Here

Social Media Strategy  - Webinar Tuesday 30th November at 10am  Book Here

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