£27m Farming Investment Fund, Keswick leisure facilities consultation, success for Taste Wigton, upcoming Allerdale festivals and events, good news stories, business events and more...

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£27 million for farmers to boost productivity

Farmers will benefit from a £27 million pot to invest in productivity-boosting equipment as the Farming Investment Fund opened on Tuesday 16 November.

Farmers, foresters and growers from across England are urged to apply for grants to buy new equipment and infrastructure to help to improve efficiency and help us build back greener. This could include solar powered electric fences, water treatment systems that use ultraviolet light rather than chemicals and cameras for monitoring livestock.

The fund will be split across two strands. Firstly, the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund will focus on smaller grants for equipment from a set list, including electronic seeders and chemical-free disinfection systems. Secondly, the Farming Transformation Fund will cover more substantial technology, with the potential to transform business performance. This strand will focus initially on water management with grants available to improve water use on farms for things like crop irrigation and constructing on-farm reservoirs.

The farming industry will play a crucial role in helping this Government reach its Net Zero ambitions and today’s announcement builds on a series of commitments in the Net Zero Strategy. This includes a £124 million boost to the Nature for Climate Fund, helping meet commitments to restore approximately 280,000 hectares of peat in England by 2050 and treble woodland creation in England by the end of this Parliament. 

The deadline for the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund is the 7 January 2022 at midday. Applications for the Farming Transformation Fund can be made online with a new online eligibility checker to improve the application process for these grants as applicants will be able to check in advance their project suitability in relation to the scheme objectives.

Click on the GOV.UK link below:

Farming eligibility-How to apply

Have your say on future leisure provision in Keswick

Leisure in Keswick consultation

Keswick residents and business owners are being encouraged to have their say on the future of leisure provision in the town.  

The consultation is being run by Strategic Leisure on behalf of Allerdale Borough Council. Its aim is to ensure the needs of local residents are considered in the planning and development of any future leisure facilities in Keswick. The council is particularly keen to hear from all members of the community – young and old – to get a complete picture of their needs. 

Strategic Leisure has been asked to develop an appraisal of the types of leisure facilities local people would like, as well as carry out an assessment of the situation around the current supply and demand. They will also review the current guidance and priorities of the major sporting bodies, as well as the content of relevant local strategies.  

Those wishing to have their say are encouraged to use the online form. It should take no more than five or ten minutes to complete.  

People can also attend one of the face-to-face at one of their open drop in sessions: these are: 

  • Wednesday 24th November 6pm-8pm at Keswick Rugby Football Club, an open drop-in session for Keswick residents 
  • Thursday 25th November – 9am – 1pm Market Square, Keswick Town Centre, an open drop-in session for Keswick residents

Strategic Leisure will also be contacting key stakeholders. This will include meetings with local schools, key businesses and organisations in the area.  

The deadline for responses is 3 December 2021. 

Council Leader, Cllr Mike Johnson, said: “When we made the difficult decision to close the pool in Keswick, we always said we would consult with the local population to assess the current situation and find out what sorts of sporting facilities they would like to see. This consultation is making good on that promise and commitment to the people of Keswick. We want to hear the views from as many people as possible, so please do take the time to have your say.” 

The consultation has been launched after Allerdale Borough Council permanently closed the pool in the town after it was shown the costs associated with reopening the aged-pool, which had been closed for many months due to Covid-19 restrictions, would make it financially unviable. The gym remains open in the leisure facility situated close to the town’s Fitz Park. 

Travel and tourism consultation user event - November 2021

Tom Kay Boats

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) are holding a webinar for travel and tourism statistics from the International Passenger Survey (IPS). The consultation seeks feedback on our proposed future approach of measuring travel and tourism in the UK. This event will be an excellent opportunity to hear about changes.

A range of presentations will be given at the event, outlining the upcoming improvements to methodology and other work on the quality of the outputs. There will also be time to raise questions on the IPS work and travel and tourism statistics.

Are you a travel and tourism business? Do you wish to be involved?

The ONS has already held one of two focused webinars (16 November), the next webinar will be today:

  • Tuesday 23 November 2021, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

If you would like to attend this event, please register your interest, using the email address : Travel.and.Tourism@ons.gov.uk  A link to the webinar and presentation materials will be sent out in advance of the call to those who have registered.

Get involved - Workington hall and Parkland's Winter light and sound event

Workington Hall

Workington Hall and Parklands will be magically transformed with lighting and a specially commissioned soundscape, 6-9pm on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 December 2021.

We are encouraging residents and visitors to the event to then take a meal or drink in town. If you would like to promote your business in this way, please let us have details, including any promotion you are running for the two evenings, so we can publicise on your behalf. Please send details to help@businessallerdale.co.uk

Animal transporters: reminder to renew your transporter authorisation

Animal Transport

Animal transporter authorisations must be renewed every five years and the government have identified that there are a significant number of transporters which are due for  renewal in 2022.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is reminding all animal transporters to check the expiry date of their current transporter authorisation and apply for renewal as soon as possible.Failure to follow the animal transport regulations can result in a heavy penalty.

Apply to renew here

Stop Covid Hanging Around

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Allerdale Business Website 

Business Website

We want to make life easier for businesses in Allerdale, so we have been updating our website to benefit you. Our website is a one stop shop where you can find everything you need from Business Groups, Regeneration plans, Brexit support, Covid information, Business support, Property enquires, Events, Newsletters and much more. 

We have a page to help you understand procurement with a helpful video from our team at Allerdale Borough Council. There's a section where suppliers can view our procurement opportunities. You can also contact us with your business procurement opportunities and we'll can add them to the website to enable you to reach a wider network of companies. Click here to find out more.

We have an events and training calendar showcasing upcoming events, ranging from  digital and social media support, HR support, import and export advice, and much more.  You can also add your own events and training courses which will be beneficial to other Allerdale businesses. It's quick, easy AND FREE. Just upload your details to our form, and we'll get your events up for everyone to see. Click here to upload your event.

We also have a jobs page. If you have any vacancies or apprenticeships in Allerdale, you can upload them to our website. Fill out the short form along with a job description FOR FREE – To take the opportunity to promote your vacancies, simply add your vacancies here

Did we mention we have some fantastic photography on there too?  All shot by local photographers in our fabulous area. Take a look at the whole site: Business Allerdale 

New website for Local Government Reorganisation

LGR graphic

A new website has been launched to explain more about a major reorganisation of local government in Cumbria.

The website has lots of useful information about the complex process to create two brand new councils for the county.

From 1 April 2023 the current six district councils and Cumbria County Council will be replaced with two new ‘unitary’ councils. The intended names for the two new councils are :

  • Cumberland Council will cover the current Allerdale, Carlisle and Copeland council areas.
  • Westmorland and Furness Council will cover the current Barrow, Eden and South Lakeland council areas.

The two new councils will be responsible for services currently provided in those areas by the district councils and the county council.

It's beginning to look a lot like... 


After the successful return of live events to Allerdale, including two brand new Taste Cumbria events held in Maryport and Wigton, we are rounding off the year with two fun, festive markets in Cockermouth and Workington.

'Taste Christmas' in Cockermouth is being held on the 11 and 12 December and promises to be a celebration of food, drink, music and some of the prettiest Christmas lights in the county. Elsewhere in the town, you can explore the lovely independent businesses, cosy pubs and busy cafes, so why not make a weekend of it?

Our final event of the year will be a Christmas market in Workington town centre on the 18 and 19 December. Along with an eclectic Christmas market, we will have a ‘Live and Local’ stage organised in partnership with HMV and the Carnegie Theatre and our social village where local outreach organisations will be available for anyone and everyone to speak to. These events would not happen without the kind support of our all our local businesses and our sponsors – Cartmell Shepherd, Cockermouth Town Council, Cumbria County Council and Sovereign Centros.

There's a lot more going on too... 

Allerdale Festivals and Events Listing

Workington Christmas Market - get involved

We still have a few stalls left for our Christmas market on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th December in Workington town centre. If you are a local food or drink producer and are interested in trading, please email: ellie.jones@allerdale.gov.uk for a form.

Stalls are only £25 for the weekend!

Please note, you must have public liability insurance in place to trade.

If there are any Outreach organisations who would like to attend in the 'Social Village' area of the market, we're happy to provide you with space for FREE!.

Workington Christmas Market

Success of Taste Wigton 

Taste Cumbria Wigton

There’s been fabulous feedback from the first Taste Cumbria event to be held in Wigton which also generated tens of thousands of pounds for the local economy. 

They’re the findings from independent researchers who interviewed visitors to the one day festival which was held in October. 

They estimate more than 2,000 people came to the event and, taking into account their spending in the Producers’ Market as well as in the town itself, £80,345 was put into the local economy. For every pound spent on staging the festival, £4.44 was generated – a great figure for an inaugural event. 

The researchers also found that 66% of those who attended had gone to Wigton purely for the Taste Cumbria event. Three quarters of visitors had come from within Allerdale, and a fifth came from within the county. 

It was good news for Wigton businesses as 66% of the festival goers said they would also be going for a meal or a drink, 43% said they would be doing some shopping, and 9% would be having a sightseeing trip too. 

The event was organised by Allerdale Borough Council and supported by Cumbria County Council, Wigton Town Council, North Allerdale Development Trust, John Peel Theatre and the Free 4 All community group.

Taste Wigton


Over 100,000 young careers boosted by Kickstart Scheme

Kickstart tips

Kickstart Scheme applications close at midday on 17 December 2021

Kickstart Scheme

FSB Awards

FSB Awards

Celebrating the achievements and contributions of small businesses and the self-employed across the UK, the FSB awards have twelve categories so why not get your business noticed in the FSB area finals. Whether you're self-employed, a family business or submitting for high-growth business of the year, we have a category to showcase your success to the community.

Put your business on the map with the recognition it deserves.

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.

With winners from each category securing a spot at the prestigious UK final and a chance to be crowned the UK Small Business of the Year, it’s an opportunity for widespread recognition. Entrants will be judged by a panel of leading business experts with a wealth of experience in their industry.

North West entries close on 23 January 2022.  Let's see some awesome Allerdale entries and quite possibly a winner. FSB Awards 2022

*Did you know you can get the full benefit of FSB membership at a subsidised rate The offer is to the self-employed, micro and small businesses in Allerdale with 50 or fewer employees who are not currently members, and have not been in the past 2 years.- it covers the  joining fee of £30 and £50 per member towards membership fee for the first year of subscription. Details here: FSB Allerdale offer

Join our Allerdale Business Community Facebook Group

Keep up to date with the latest news, and join a network local business people. Simply click on the image to join and engage.

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Cumbria LEP - here to help

Cumbria LEP

How We Can Help

The LEP is here to work with business owners to provide support and access to the right solutions to grow and develop your business.

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy in Cumbria. Whether you’re an early stage start-up or a growing business looking to scale, there is inspiration and support in abundance right here on the doorstep.

We at the LEP bring together expert advice, events, masterclasses and mentoring as well as providing access to a range of dedicated support programmes both local and national. Our advisers will work directly with businesses to create tailored solutions to unlock the potential of your company, whatever its size or sector.

The LEP also makes it their job to understand the breadth of support available, saving you time and giving you the freedom to focus on running your business.

You could benefit from expert advice to:

  • Develop new products, processes or services
  • Secure business finance
  • Increase or start exporting
  • Adopt greener business practices
  • Develop your workforce skills
  • Connect and learn from like-minded businesses
  • Build resilience into your business

Cumbria LEP - here to help

Messages for employers from the HSE

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Managing home workers’ health and safety

The HSE home working guidance is for anyone who employs home workers, including those who split their time between their workplace and home (sometimes called hybrid working).

The guidance has been redesigned and expanded to provide more detail on straightforward actions to manage home workers’ health and safety.

This includes the risks of stress and poor mental health as well as working with display screen equipment (DSE).

There is also advice for home workers themselves, as well as a video and practical tips on good posture when working with DSE.

Working Minds campaign launched

The campaign encourages employers to promote good mental health in work.

Launched by Sarah Albon, HSE chief executive, at this week’s HSE Health and Work Conference, Working Minds raises awareness about how to recognise and respond to the signs of stress.

Work-related stress is now the number one cause of employee sickness absence, with major factors including workload pressures - tight deadlines, too much responsibility and a lack of managerial support.

Working Minds is aimed specifically at supporting small businesses by providing employers and workers with advice that is easy to implement, including simple steps to introduce the principles of the stress management standards.

Find out more about the Working Minds campaign.

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Help and Support from the Federation of Small Businesses


How to manage workplace health and safety during winter?

Making sure your business is a safe place is essential. From slips and trips on frozen pathways to unseen hazards in poorly lit spaces, learn how you can mitigate hazards in the winter. Find out more

How to hire an apprentice

The FSB guide will take you through the process of hiring an apprentice and what you need to do, from choosing an apprenticeship standard to filling out the right paperwork. Read the helpful guide

How to calculate your carbon footprint as a small business

Not sure where to start with measuring your carbon footprint? From the reputational benefits and cost savings to the emissions you need to calculate, our guide takes you through the process. Find out more

Good News Stories


Computer wiz kids earn apprenticeships at Indelible Data in Maryport

In Cumbria reported the success of two young men who started on a path in cyber security aged just ten have come through a rigorous selection process to earn apprenticeships. Tom Boughton, 20, and Aidan Collins,18, both faced stiff competition for the 18-month cyber security engineer apprenticeship, but their knowledge and enthusiasm set them apart.

Both apprentices are already assisting senior staff with security audits as well as spending one day a week on study and apprenticeship modules.  Full story: Indelible Data

Cockermouth Shop Local

Cockermouth’s Christmas Advert

There is nothing that gets you in the Christmas spirit like a good Christmas advert. Visit Cockermouth’s Christmas offering highlights the importance of shopping local.

They have Christmas 'all wrapped up’ and released their ‘Love our festive Local’ video last week. The story of a young boy on the hunt to find Christmas presents for his family captures the local shops and cafes perfectly.

We thoroughly enjoyed watching the local Christmas advert, we hope you do too! Love our Festive local


(Advert funded by The Government's Welcome Back Fund, funded by ERDF administered by Allerdale Borough Council in partnership with Cockermouth Town Council) 

Michael Farrer

We love a success story!

Michael Farrer has built £1m furniture business in Workington. His idea for a new business began to form as he was commuting to Carlisle every day from his home near Workington.

An accountant by training, Michael was working as a finance business partner at Story Homes, but was also hankering to follow a calling to run his own business.
He began by absorbing huge amounts of business audiobooks and podcasts on his daily drive to work and his mind gradually turned towards starting an ecommerce business. See Micheal's story of growth as told by In Cumbria

The Acumen Collection - as the business progresses, Michael says he would like to diversify the range and move into a third warehouse. He is also on the lookout for people who are interested in joining him to run the business as it grows to the point where an extra layer of management is required.

Upcoming events


Federation of Small Businesses

Going green in your business - Thursday 25 November, 10am - 11am Book Here

Women entrepreneurs in hospitality - Tuesday 30 November, 11am - 12pm Book Here

Lighting the motivation inside your people and customers - Friday 3 December, 11am - 12.30pm Book Here

Digital Tech Cumbria

Digital Tech Cumbria

Social Media Strategy – Tuesday 30 November 2021, 10am Book Here

Using Instagram to support your business – Tuesday 21 December 2021, 10am Book Here 

Using LinkedIn to attract new business – Tuesday 11th January 2022, 10am Book Here


Cumbria Chamber

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

Online training course – Steps to a Confident Self Workshop for Business Women

With Laura Cadman of Laura Cadman Limited – 29 November & 6 December 2021

What do we mean by confident?

When You:

  • Own your Space
  • Claim your Voice
  • Unquestionably believe in your abilities

Then you will:

  • Feel great about yourself
  • Trust and rely on yourself to make the right decisions
  • Have Confidence, Courage and Drive to go after the bold opportunities you are truly capable of!

More information.

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Funded by the Welcome Back Fund - funded by ERDF