Shop Local campaign
We have launched our Shop Local: Keep it in Copeland campaign to support the business and retail sector in Copeland.
As part of the campaign, we have:
- Accessed funding for a media campaign with Newsquest (publishers of The Whitehaven News, News & Star and The Mail) that will run until February 2021 to promote Copeland’s independent businesses. To get involved, please contact us.
- Introduced a dedicated Business Support Officer to work with businesses directly on their offer, including support for their marketing and website/social media. To access our support, please contact us.
- Produced a Shop Local sticker for retailers to show their support by displaying in their windows or doors. We will be in contacting retailers to offer the stickers in due course.
Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland, said: "We have a fantastic array of local, independent shops here in Copeland, many of which have been here for generations, that complement our national chain stores.
“As we continue with our recovery from Covid-19, it is vitally important – now more than ever – that we support our local businesses.
“Whatever you’re looking to purchase, before going online, please ask yourself if you could buy it from your local shop first.
“Throughout the Covid crisis, our local retailers and businesses have gone above and beyond to support our residents and communities in their time of need. Now it’s our turn to reciprocate that support.
"We will be using the campaign, the media and social media to promote the great work that our local businesses do, and highlighting the valuable asset they are to our communities.
"And it's not just about retail. We are using the campaign to support all Copeland's businesses; pubs and eateries; salons and barbers; estate agents; travel agents; garages; tradespeople; we're here for everyone."
To view our online directory of Copeland's retailers, click here. If your retail business is not on the directory and you would like to be added, or for changes to existing listings, please contact us.
For a J-Peg file of the 'Shop Local: Keep it in Copeland' logo, for use on your website or social media, please contact us.
We have a page dedicated to other forms of support we can offer Copeland's businesses here.
Tourism firms are encouraged to contact Katie Reed, our Tourism Sector Development Officer, on firstname.lastname@example.org, for one-to-one advice and to receive her tourism newsletters.
The following car parks are available in our town centres:
Whitehaven (those run by Copeland Council)
School House Lane
Whitehaven Sports Centre
The Beacon Museum
Copeland Centre - available on weekends only
The Ginns - free every weekend permanently
Jacktrees Road - free permanently
Lord Street - free permanently
The project is receiving funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF.
Established by the European Union, ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding