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  1. Environmental advice for businesses

    Here you can find out how to make your business greener.

  2. Business doing its best for the environment

    For the the past two years the annual Copeland Pride Awards for celebrating business achievements in Copeland has included an environmental category. 

    This is our green award, for the business that goes the extra mile in what it delivers and ensuring that the environment is at the heart of everything it does. This might mean a business that is reducing its carbon footprint, offers environmentally friendly products or something even more radical.

  3. Support from the Council for businesses

    Here we outline the support we have available for businesses in Copeland.

  4. Low Carbon Business Case Studies

    The council has been helping local businesses grow - and be green at the same time. Here we share their experience of how the help they received benefited their business.

Environmental health

  1. Food registration form

    Form to use to register a food business, notify us of premises and/or vehicles used in the preparation or transportation of food. There are some useful guidance notes to accompany this form that we suggest you read before completing and returning the form to us.

  2. Health and safety in the beauty industry

    This booklet contains advice and guidance on how to keep you and your employees safe at work. The booklet is written in simple language and tries to avoid jargon and legalese.

  3. Tourism business event booking form

    Booking form for "A Guide to Consumer Protection - Supporting Tourism in Cumbria"

  4. Starting a Food Business

    Here is a quick guide to setting up a food business in Copeland

  5. Health and Safety

    If you run a business it is vital that you conform with health and safety legislation and that you understand your responsibilities. Here we answer some frequently asked questions about health and safety procedure.

Council tax

  1. Charitable relief for business rates

    Charitable relief for business rates.

  2. Exemptions and Relief from Business Rates

    Business Rates exemption and relief

  3. How to pay your non domestic (business) rates

    Most people pay their non domestic/ business rates for the year by ten monthly instalments from April to January. You will find these instalments shown on your bill. However if you prefer you can opt to pay the full amount at the start of the year, or by two instalments (April and October).

  4. Council tax and business rates 2019-20

    A guide to your council tax and business rates for 2019-20

  5. What if my rateable value is wrong?

    If you think either your rateable value or rating list entry is incorrect, you can make an appeal asking for it to be changed.

  6. Claim small business rate relief

    Form to use to claim small business rate relief.

  7. Non Domestic Rates

    Non domestic rates - often referred to as business rates - are charged on most non-domestic properties (including commercial ones) such as shops, offices, pubs, warehouses and factories. If you use a building or part of a building for non-domestic purposes, you will probably have to pay business rates.


  1. Do I need planning permission?

    Find out if you need planning permission and how to apply. This page relates to other forms of development that are not householder related. 

Business support

  1. Business Sites - Egremont area

    The Copeland area has a range of properties available for business, with premises of varying size and for different levels of use.

  2. Business sites - Seascale area

    The Copeland area has a range of properties available for business, with premises of varying size and for different levels of use.

  3. Business sites - Millom area

    The Copeland area has a range of properties available for business, with premises of varying size and for different levels of use.

  4. Tenders and contracts

    Councils in Cumbria use online business portal The Chest, a single point for councils in the North West to advertise contracts.

  5. What help can you give businesses?
  6. Business

    Whether you are taking your first steps towards setting up in business or have been trading for years, here you will find a wealth of information, advice and guidance to help your business flourish. 

  7. Phoenix Enterprise Centre

    Office space available

  8. Business Sites - Whitehaven area

    Copeland has a range of properties available for businesses, with premises of varying sizes suited to different uses.


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