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AGM: Change of time

Thank you to those who have already asked for links to the AGM on 15th September.  Due to availability of the panel (Neil Hudson MP is in parliament that day) we have had to push back the start time to 6pm.  I hope this doesn’t inconvenience you too much.

If you would like to join the AGM, please send me an email and I will forward you a link so you can join in the meeting.

If you have a question for the panel, or a theme you would like them to discuss, please email me the details so I can arrange the panel discussion into topics.

Full details:

Free Digital Tech Support

Digital Tech Cumbria and Penrith Business Improvement District have joined forces to support local businesses harness the power of digital and technology to recover and flourish as they emerge from covid-19 lockdown. We’d like to invite you to a short event, to find out about the support available and how it can help your business.

Title: Penrith BID: How Digital Tech Cumbria can Support your Business

When: Thursday 10th September 2020; 9:30-10am

Book Online at:

Free to eligible businesses, Digital Tech Cumbria gives you access to:

  • Digital walk-throughs by digital tech experts
  • 1-2-1 consultancy to deliver tailored projects that will help you improve your business
  • Access to our Digital Skills Academy – a series of learning modules that you and your team can use to develop your technical skills across a range of topics including social media, automation and data security
  • Exclusive invites to our digital roadshows where you can hear from leading technology organisations and ‘play’ with different technology

You don’t need to just take our word for it!  On the 10th, we’ll be joined by businesses that have had experience of the support available under Digital Tech Cumbria, who will share their experiences and be on hand to answer your questions, too.

We look forward to seeing you!



Targeted action in local areas: Government and local leaders in Oldham, Pendle and Blackburn have agreed additional measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus, while removing Wigan, Darwen and Rossendale from intervention. Businesses including restaurants and pubs, workplaces and childcare including nurseries are to remain open. More information is available at:

The R number and growth rate in the UK: the Government Office for Science and Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies have this afternoon published the latest R and growth rate estimates by NHS England regions. More information, including links to the latest range for values in the devolved administrations can be found at:

Travel corridors: guidance was updated on 20 August removing Croatia, Trinidad & Tobago and Austria from the list of travel corridors for England. Passengers will be required to self-isolate when returning from these countries from 4am on Saturday 22 August. More information is available at:

Journey planning:DfT has provided information that aims to help passengers plan for their journeys, including messages around active travel and car sharing. Information is available at:

Back to School campaign: earlier this week the DfE launched its Back to School campaign in England, providing information for parents and carers about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, transport, school meals and exams. More information is available at:

The Government is also working to ensure disabled people can enjoy summer safely including making hygiene, social distancing, and testing accessible to all. Please see and consider sharing this tweet:

Start Up Loans:The British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans (SUL) programme today announces it has issued its 75,000th loan, marking more than £623 million invested in small businesses since its launch in 2012. Start Up Loans saw a significant rise in loans issued since the start of the pandemic in the UK, with July 2020 a record month for drawdowns since 2014. The SUL programme has lent money and provided mentoring support to aspiring business owners in every region of the United Kingdom. More information is available at:

 Customer Logging toolkit: if you are a business or organisation which has been advised to collect customer, staff and visitor details, a customer logging toolkit is now available at:



During lockdown our directors voted to join British BIDs, who are the industry body for Business Improvement Districts. They provide support, training, guidance and political pressure on behalf our BIDs and levy payers.  They communicate directly with government; for example earlier this week, British BIDs requested an extension of the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme.   They are proving to be a valuable resource for us as we restart and rebuild.  Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more.


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