Support from the Council for businesses

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Here we outline the support available from the council for businesses in Copeland.

There is plenty of support available to help you improve and grow your business in Copeland. If you contact us we can help you with matters such as:

Building Control

Our Building Control team deal with the enforcement of building regulations as well as dangerous structures and controlling demolitions.

Business Awards

The Copeland Pride Awards are annual awards to recognise business excellence and good customer service.  Customers are invited to nominate their favourite business or service, or businesses can  nominate themselves.   

Business Rates

Our Business Rates team can help you to understand the information on your bill and let you know if you are eligible for discounted payments.

Food Safety

If you’re a food business please contact our Environmental Health team for advice, information and registration details.

Health and Safety

Our Environmental Health team also give advice to businesses in complying with health and safety legislation.


The Licensing team will confirm whether you require a licence to trade and can take you through the steps to obtaining a licence.


Pre-application advice is available from our planning team for all businesses looking to change or develop a commercial property in the borough.


We aim to encourage a mixed range of suppliers to bid for council contracts in order to help a varied and competitive market place.  We use  The Chest which is an electronic tendering portal, to advertise the latest available contracts. Registration is free for all businesses.

Trade Waste

We operate a trade waste collection service.  All businesses are required to have such a contract and the council can offer a competitive price for this service.

For any of the above services please call 0845 054 8600 and ask for the relevant department.

For other ways of contacting us.






Published: 10 May 2012 - 2:22pm