Cockermouth Markets, Tourism: Rebuilding for the future, Recent terrorism advice, Good news stories, Upcoming events and more...

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Markets coming to Cockermouth

A new weekly market is coming to Cockermouth from 3rd December 2021. The market will be held every Friday and located in part of Fairfield (Sainsbury’s) car park and will initially be open from 9am to 3.30pm.

The decision to hold a market in Cockermouth was made following the consultation carried out in the summer with local businesses and residents which saw the vast majority of the 668 responses favour the return of a market to the town.

The new market will complement the existing retail offer in the town and will hopefully encourage local residents and tourists to visit Cockermouth. 

Have you thought about joining us as a trader on our new weekly market in Cockermouth? We're particularly keen to hear from small, local artisan businesses selling food or handmade items. If you would like to join or find out more, click on the link below!

Cockermouth Markets

Tourism: Rebuilding for the Future

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Have you signed up for our free Tourism Conference yet? If you’re a working in the tourism or hospitality sector, then you don’t want to miss this.

Join us at Energus Workington on 26 November for an engaging and interactive Tourism Conference - welcome to all tourism and hospitality businesses across Cumbria. The event will run from 8.30am until midday

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 alongside a free breakfast and networking opportunities.

Book here

Counter Terrorism Policing


Following from the investigation into an explosion at Liverpool's Women Hospital on 14th November, the UK threat level has been raised to 'Severe' by the North West Counter Terrorism Police. 

Although there is no information on any other planned terrorist activity, everyone should be even more vigilant at work and report any suspicious activity immediately to the counter terrorism police.

The Counter Terrorism Police have put together some useful information to help you understand when and how to report any suspicious activity.

How to report suspicious activity

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.

Messages from the Federation of Small Businesses

Business Website

International Trade Week 15 - 19 November 

Department of International Trade

The UK's first international trade week is finally here. This week is all about finding connections with trading experts and learning more about selling globally.

International Trade Week will advise and give you confidence to take the next steps to grow your business - whether you are experienced in trading or not.

You can build your own programme of events across the week, for times that suit you. Both virtual and in-person opportunities available ranging from webinars on key global markets (e.g. doing business in Singapore) through to Free Trade Agreement (FTA) workshops.

Find out more

Stop Covid Hanging Around

Covid-19 gathers like smoke. Open windows to disperse the particles. Stop Covid-19 hanging around.

Upskill your staff

Lakes College

Don't forget about the brilliant facilities we have in Allerdale to help enhance your employees skills. Whether you want your employees to take a one off course or a course to resolve a specific issue in the workplace, Lakes College have got you covered!

Lakes College offer discounted prices for multiple employees, there are over 50 Apprenticeships to choose from and you will get your own account manager who can talk to you about your needs and suggest training options as a dedicated point of contact. These are just some of the benefits!

Find out more

Make a difference in your community

Become a Vaccine Community Champion and help get trusted information about COVID-19 to your community. We are 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.

A Community Champion role

  • 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
  • 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

Support you will receive

Register online for the Vaccine Community Champion training our training course on 25th November (2 - 3.30pm). The session will be held on Microsoft Teams.

 Book Here

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.

Allerdale Business Community FB

A message from University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria

Project Manager Degree ApprenticeshipIf you work for the NHS, or in a Health & Social Care Environment, the University of Cumbria are working in partnership with Health Education England and The NHS Leadership Academy to provide a Project Management Degree Apprenticeship contextualised to Health, with the University also providing the opportunity for all relevant apprentices to undertake the Mary Seacole Programme at no additional cost.

Key facts about the Project Manager Degree Apprenticeship programme:

  • Open to new or more experienced project managers – anyone in the field can benefit from this programme.
  • More experienced project managers may be able to omit the earlier modules and benefit from an accelerated start
  • Teaching is synchronous and online and will involve group sessions, as well as learning in the workplace
  • Delivered by a specialist team of practitioners with diverse sector experience
  • Includes a BSc in Project Management as well as the Association for Project Management APM PMQ Qualification

Read more


Good News Stories

News and star story

Local Businesses recognised in top 10 best Cumbrian shops for Christmas shopping

Ahead of the Christmas shopping madness, The News and Star have reached out to the people of Cumbria to find out their favourite shops are for Christmas shopping. Well done to the Allerdale businesses that managed to be recognised in the top 10 shops. The three businesses we saw in the top 10 are Cockermouth’s The Linden Tree are a boutique retailer and have been selling jewellery for over 20 years. Strange and Beautiful, - the popular store has been open in Workington since 2007. Sinclair’s – the family-owned jewellery shop has been serving customers of Workington for over 70 years. Customers continue to leave five-star reviews on their Facebook page, praising their customer service.

Read full story here

Crow Park

Film shot in Crow Park launches

We noticed in the Keswick Reminder, Rebecca Beinart's short film 'Desire Lines' (filmed in Crow Park Keswick) can now been be seen in the new exhibition at Keswick Museum up until 6th December. Rebecca worked with over 100 people in Keswick since January 2020 including pupils at St Herbert’s Primary School, to members of Sustainable Keswick, producing a rage of workshops, writing, podcasts, design and poetry and now culminating in a film which premiered at the Alhambra cinema in Keswick to a screening of participants.

Read the full story here

Bettys back

Betty's Back

Staring from 20th November 2021, Keswick Museum is launching a new exhibition exploring the work of two local artists. The museum is open every day from 10am until 4pm an the exhibition is only here until May 2022!

Painting from the roaring twenties will be displayed, including Betty’s Back!: The work of James and Betty Durden will be a 1920s extravaganza, centred around the return of the star painting ‘Betty ’by James Durden.

Keswick Museums told Cumbria Crack that they are very grateful to the Durden family for their support in putting this exhibition together and hope it will be a joyful celebration of local art and history.

Read full story here

Upcoming events


Federation of Small Businesses

Navigating global trade: Unlocking your international potential - Wednesday 17 November, 4pm - 5pm Book Here

Networking - Let's Talk Technical - Wednesday 17 November, 10am - 11am Book Here

How using less can save money and the planet - Thursday 18 November, 11am - 12pm Book Here

Lancashire and Cumbria Virtual Networking - Wednesday 24 November, 9.30am - 10:45am Book Here

Cumbria Chamber

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

Trading with the European Union with Mark Rowtbotham of Portcullis –  Wednesday 24th November 2021, 10am -1pm Book Here

Tackling Sickness Absence – with Michael Bauer of Cumbria Employment Solicitors - Thursday 25th November, 10am -1pm Book Here

International Risk Management with Mark Rowtbotham of Portcullis – Wednesday 8th December 2021, 10am - 1pm Book Here

Cumbria Tourism

Cumbria Tourism

Webinar: Experiential Tourism – Experience Maker -  Wednesday 8 December, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Explore the essential ingredients needed to develop unmissable experiences and identify the opportunities on how your business can offer new experiences to reach new markets and increase your success.

Book Here

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