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Tourism: Rebuilding for the Future

Join us at Energus Workington on 26 November for an engaging and interactive Tourism Conference.

All tourism and hospitality businesses across Cumbria are welcome and it is free to attend.

The conference focusses on the theme of Tourism: Rebuilding for the Future.

The event, organised by Allerdale Borough Council, will address key issues affecting the Cumbrian visitor economy, with attendees learning from expert speakers through interactive sessions and networking opportunities. The event will run from 8.30am until 12.30pm - grab a free breakfast while you're there to help with the early start!

If you want to find out more about the following topics, this event is something you don't want to miss:

  • Changing the Perception of Working in the Visitor Economy
  • The Solway Coast by Bike: Developing Cycling Tourism in West Cumbria
  • Smart social media
  • Working Smarter
  • Progress and Plans: Visitor Economy at the University of Cumbria
  • Sustainability the smart way

Book Here


Kind Cumbria

ACTion are pleased to announce that with the continued ‘Kind’ support of Electricity Northwest Kind Cumbria Day is back for 2021 on Saturday 13th November. Kind Cumbria is all about encouraging people to think about how to be kind to one another. The aim is to create a wave of kindness and show that Cumbria is a really ‘kind’ place to live – the kindest in the UK! 

Kind Cumbria have suggested some ways you can present kindness in the workplace:

  • Deliver Kindness to someone that helped you during the pandemic - from a neighbour to the postman
  • Kind Cumbria Day award – awarded to someone who has shown great kindness or done a good deed that was inspiring
  • Create a "Kindness Wall" where all your colleagues can write down their own ideas about Kindness If you work in a communal space invite others for lunch
  • Bring in treats for your colleagues
  • Send out a Kindness Day email to everyone in the company/organisation showing your appreciation for their hard work
  • Raise money for a local/your preferred charity Organise an office treat such as a company breakfast or lunch for your staff e.g. champagne breakfast or order pizza for lunch
  • Offer Kindness Day discounts, extras or ‘freebies’ to your clients or customers ‘Winter Warmers’ donation event – Ask everyone to bring in coats, blankets and towels they do not need anymore and give all the donated ‘winter warmers’ to a homeless or animal shelter charity
  • Kindness Packages – create boxes filled with goodies e.g. tinned food, cosmetics etc. Take the boxes to the needy in your community or to a food bank
  • Put a handwritten note in a package or carrier bag
  • Send Out “Just Because” discount codes
  • Give unexpected gifts to employees who provide great service
  • Clean up an area outside your office

Find out more

Opportunity to become a Vaccine Community Champion

Do you want to make a big difference in your community? Become a Vaccine Community Champion and help get trusted information about COVID-19 to your community.

Cumbria County Council is looking for people who want to support their friends, family, neighbours, and community by sharing information and talking about Covid-19 and the vaccine in a way that helps people feel supported, make informed choices, and stay safe.

What will a Community Champion do?

  • Receive regular updates on the latest COVID-19 guidance and vaccination information from trusted sources
  • Support friends, family, and the wider community to remain informed and up to date on the latest information
  • Engage with identified priority groups living in Cumbria which include; people with disabilities, older people, younger people, and Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities, to help people make informed decisions around keeping safe
  • Feedback any local issues or concerns relating to COVID-19 and vaccinations

What support will I get?

How do I sign up?

Register online for the Vaccine Community Champion training on one of the following dates:

Both sessions are held between 2 - 3.30pm and will be held on Microsoft Teams

Allerdale’s Market Trader of the Year  2021

2021 market trader of the year

Allerdale’s Market Trader of the Year award has this year been won by Andrew Byrne from the Pepper Bags stall in Keswick.

Andrew has been trading on Keswick market for 20 years on Thursdays and Saturdays, selling bags, purses, wallets, belts, gloves, rucksacks, bum-bags and leather bags.

Allerdale Borough Council holds regular markets in Keswick, Wigton, Workington, and Silloth. The award is open to all the traders on each of the markets in the Borough, and has previously been won by stallholders operating in Keswick as well as Workington. The award recognises the particular contribution of stallholders to the continued success of the markets in Allerdale.

This year the award recognises Andrew’s role as Chair of the new Market Traders Forum that has representatives from all Allerdale’s markets. The forum provides an opportunity to raise any feedback from the traders to make improvements to the way the markets are run.

Want to apply for a stall?

Find out more

Events and Training

Did you know you can add your events and training to Business Allerdale - Its free to do so. You just need to fill out a quick form to get your event added to the calendar. Click on the below image to get started!

Don’t forget to keep an eye out on this page for any events that may benefit you and your business!

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Allerdale Breastfeeding Friendly Community

Allerdale Breastfeeding Friendly Community

As a business or organisation, do you understand the needs of breastfeeding mothers? Want to support breastfeeding families feel confident out and about whilst raising your business profile?

Then make your business breastfeeding friendly for customers.

Sign up to the local breastfeeding friendly scheme to show your commitment to welcoming and supporting breastfeeding families. You will receive a recognisable sticker that families look out for and an information guide to share with your staff and volunteers about why breastfeeding is important and the law around it. Your business or organisation will be promoted and shared on Family Action’s website and newsletters where families will be able to search for venues who have joined the scheme.

 As a business supporting breastfeeding, you play a key role in creating an ethical, supportive environment for customers. Sign up today to show your commitment and join the growing list of businesses and organisations who support breastfeeding. Email  to sign up or for more information.

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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Covid-19 grant scheme for businesses in Allerdale

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) became available from 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

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The FSB North West 2022


Don't Forget to enter for the Small Business awards 2022. As the largest event of its kind in the small business calendar, the high-profile FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards are free to enter and open to all. Celebrating Small Business Awards will be taking place at The Midland Manchester on 11 March 2022. Make sure you enter now

Find out more

Messages from Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

Cumbria Chamber

Local Skills Improvement Plan

LSIPs are a new initiative from the Department for Education, currently being piloted by eight Chambers of Commerce nationally, of which Cumbria Chamber is one. The LSIP needs us all to play our part if it’s going to be really effective so please do get involved.

Find out more

Help in the Energy Crisis

Chamber Utilities member service can offer help and advice to businesses worried about their business energy provider. The Chamber Utilities service provider, has already saved £1,000s for customers affected by the collapse of some suppliers.

Find out more

The Northern Strategic Employers Group

The Northern Strategic Employers Group (NSEG) is a new initiative from Cumbria Chamber of Commerce and has been set up for large employers to discuss issues, challenges and opportunities with other businesses and organisations. The initial meeting will be on the Borderlands Initiative and we’ll be joined by Jack Stopforth MBE who’s Chair of the Borderlands Economic Forum. At future meetings, the group can discuss a range of initiatives and changes relevant to local businesses. Businesses are currently facing a perfect storm of challenges around recovery from the COVID crisis, post-Brexit trading, supply chain issues and the need to move to net-zero so there’s lots to be discussed at the meetings.

Find out more

A message from Cumbria Tourism

Cumbria Tourism

Cumbria Tourism (CT) have launched their latest Business Tracker Survey HERE to gain understanding on how businesses have performed this year and how you’re feeling as you look ahead to 2022.

If you have concerns about forward booking levels, staffing challenges, sustainability/carbon zero or general business confidence, now is the time to let CT know! Carried out in conjunction with our Strategic Partners Lamont Pridmore, it’s also a chance to tell us more about your guests so far this year and their changing visitor behaviours. Your feedback will help shape CT's activity, support and calls for action going forward. Your responses are anonymous and the form is quick and easy to complete. We will share the results at our November’s Members Meeting and via a future member newsletter

Good news stories

Forth engineering

Engineering firm takes first steps to become carbon neutral

Forth Engineering, based in Maryport, has been recognised for taking steps to turn its fleet of commercial vehicles fully electric as part of its aims of becoming carbon neutral. They have started by replacing two of its fossil fuel vehicles with environmentally friendly electric vehicles. Graham Cartwright, Forth’s projects director, said: We feel, as a company, that we all should be doing our bit for the environment, and we are considering what steps we can take to hit our target of becoming carbon neutral. They hope that this step will help encourage other companies to begin their journey in becoming environmentally friendly.

Read the full story here

Workington care centre

Workington care provider rolls out hundreds of mobile devices in aims to become green

The company Bellcare has embarked on a ‘wonderfully’ green future that begins with the rollout of hundreds of devices. The company was printing excessive amounts of paper, documents which were of great importance but just at a very large volume, and they wanted an alternative to this. All employees now have smartphones with the software installed for them to electronically carry out most of their work.

Read the full story here

Upcoming events

Department of International Trade

Department of International trade

Export Academy (19th November)

A training course for micro and small businesses starting on the journey to exporting is offering two new options, an in person full day session in Preston on  Register Here

Europe Trade Month (2-26th November)

There are over 20 events in the programme involving business opportunities by sector and national/regional markets, tips on exporting to Europe under the new trading arrangements and meet the adviser sessions with colleagues across the various markets. Find out more

International Trade Week (15th-19th November)

A series of events will be taking place to help business sell globally and connect with trade industry experts. From doing business in the USA, Singapore, Middle East, India, Australia and New Zealand. Find out more

Digital Tech Cumbria

Digital Tech Cumbria

Social Media Strategy - 30th November 2021, 10am Book Here

How to use Facebook in your business - 7th December 2021, 10am Book Here

Using Twitter to connect your business - 14th December 2021, 10am Book Here

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