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Christmas Shopping

I was on a virtual conference yesterday looking at retail plans for Christmas 2020 in conjunction with the High Street Task Force.  Their survey results show that 65% of respondents have started their Christmas shopping already. 

In addition, our community want to shop local and they want to support you. I’ve been getting requests from our local community for businesses to promote their Christmas offers as well as any ways you are going to help keep shoppers safe (eg a timed collection service / private shopping / delivery service).

You can already do this using the offers and promotions section of your page on but it would also be great to change the ‘Welcome back’ page into a ‘Have a Safe and Happy Christmas’ offering. So, please get in touch with your plans. Let’s not leave it too late because people are already filling their stockings now!

Social Media – it’s time to get seen

On the same conference, I was told 62% of shoppers are getting ideas for Christmas gifts from social media.  So, if you don’t already have a social media presence, now’s the time to get online. Don’t forget all levy payers get a free web page on Discover Penrith and I’ll always share content for you to reach a wider audience.  If you need help or support, get in touch and I’m happy to guide you.

A great way of increasing the profile of Penrith is to like, share and comment on posts from other businesses in town.  That way we all celebrate Penrith as a destination and promote a real sense of place. If you’ve not already done so, why not Like or follow the other businesses in your street and start a conversation about the great shops, places to eat and drink and services we have in town.

First Aid Training

We’ve been in contact with our training provider and they have confirmed they are now able to provide face to face Covid-19 Secure first aid training.

We are considering putting on a course at the end of November, depending on interest.  Cost would be £35 plus VAT for levy payers, which is subsidised by BID.

If you are interested in the training, please could you let me know how many staff you have who need the qualification.  I can follow up with dates/venue etc. and set up an Eventbrite event.

Can customers still play darts and pool?

The current advice given is that players can participate in Darts / Pool as long as they’re wearing face coverings and following the rule of 6.

Indoor sports are on longer exempt from the rule of 6, meaning that two teams of 6 wouldn’t be able to participate in the same game.  If players want to drink/eat whilst playing their game they have to go back to their table to do so.

Cabinet Office Updates

The Home Office has today launched a campaign to ensure businesses are ready for the introduction of the UK’s new points-based immigration system. The nationwide campaign will run throughout the Autumn and use a range of channels to reach employers including radio, social media, digital and outdoor advertising.

The Home Office press notice about the campaign is available at:



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