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Good morning everyone

Things seem to be pretty tough for everyone at the moment.  I hope you are managing to navigate lockdown and all that it entails.  I’m noticing an increased feeling of isolation from some of our business community so, in this update, I’ve tried to pull together some resources with free information and networking as well as the usual business support.

I’m not sure what else I can do to help and support, but if you have any ideas about how we could support each other through lockdown and beyond, please do get in touch.

I’ve checked the EDC website this morning and there are no further changes relating to the grants. However, as soon as I have an update I’ll let you know.

Best regards, stay safe


HSE Inspections

The Health and Safety Executive is carrying out spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses in all areas to ensure they are COVID-secure.  I have had reports of inspectors in Cumbria last week and there may be more inspections this week.

More details available here


Insurers must pay small firms for Covid lockdown losses

Tens of thousands of small businesses will receive insurance payouts covering losses from the first national lockdown, following a court ruling.  The Supreme Court found in favour of small firms receiving payments from business interruption insurance policies. The FCA, the insurance sector, and the Financial Ombudsman will all use the judgement to guide their decisions in other cases.

The FCA will publish a set of Q&As for policyholders to assist them and their advisers in understanding the test case. The FCA has published draft guidance for policyholders on how to prove the presence of coronavirus, which is a condition in certain types of policy. The consultation closes on 18 January, but the FCA is extending the closing date to 22 January only for any supplemental comments arising from the judgment. The FCA will issue finalised guidance as soon as possible after that.  More details available here


Invitation for businesses to join in with the Window Wanderland

Window Wanderland (WW) is a community project to help bring a bit of fun and an escape from the dreary January and COVID times. 

You may have noticed, whilst wandering around Penrith or from looking on Facebook or Instagram, that windows in homes are being decorated using just coloured paper and a glue stick. This began in Penrith in December, but as Lockdown is once again upon us, it was hoped that creating decorated windows that could be viewed by passers-by might bring a bit of community spirit and light relief from the stresses of recent days. More information and contact details can be found here.


Eden District Council Update

Essential Brexit webinars for Eden firms
The UK has left the EU and the transition period is now over. This means new rules are in place for businesses in Eden and in the rest of the country.
To help local businesses with the new rules, Eden District Council – in partnership with the experts at Redkite Innovations – is hosting a series of Brexit webinars to get businesses up-to-date on the latest developments.
The webinars are free to attend, provide businesses with important information needed and give an opportunity to network with similar businesses in the area.
The online webinars are taking place on the following dates:

*        Penrith – Thursday 28th January, 10am – 12pm
The sessions will cover topics such as the changing environment arising from Coronavirus and Brexit; the new financial, legal and HR issues to consider; future risks and opportunities; and creating an action plan to prepare for recovery.
To register for a webinar, email with your preferred session.

Cumbria LEP Online Discussions

Cumbria LEP’s ‘Fireside Chats’ provide businesses with the opportunity to hear from respected leaders in their field and engage in a wider discussion with a range of businesses.

The second in the latest series of these free virtual discussions is taking place on Thursday, January 21, and will focus on getting fit for 2021 and responding to both COVID and introducing new arrangements following the end of the EU Transition period.

Businesses attending will hear from Gill Haigh, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, and Maria Whitehead MBE, Director of Hawkshead Relish, Lake District-based producer of award-winning preserves and an accredited Export Champion.

Register here


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