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Welcome to the Windermere & Bowness Chamber of Trades "Coronavirus" page. 

The Windermere & Bowness Chamber of Trade representing the local business community have set up this page in order to make it easier for those businesses to access the relevant information from government, local authorities, Cumbria Chamber of Commerce and transportation using the links provided.

These links will be updated and added to, as and when information becomes available. 

NOTE:  The date shown at the end of each link is the date that it was put on to this page and not necessary the date of the original document.

Exemption Notice

The Windermere & Bowness Chamber of Trade would like it to be known that these links are to external sites and can not be responsible for their accuracy or completeness. If in doubt please contact the Secretary at  Whilst every reasonable precaution has been taken to ensure these links are virus free, the Windermere & Bowness Chamber of Trade cannot guarantee this, neither can they accept any liability for any damage sustained as a result of software viruses.

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Business Rates Holiday

The Government has stated that the 'Business Rate Holiday' for those businesses in the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality sectors is due to cease at the end of March 2021.

In order to bring pressure to bear on the Government, the Chamber of Trade undertook a survey of its member to gauge their reaction.  The results of the survey can be found by clicking this link

This report was sent to Tim Farron MP whose reply can be found by clicking this link.

Westmorland Gazette Article - 4th February 2021


Government Information

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Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

Neighbourhood Watch

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South Lakeland District Council

  • Business Support Grant Application Now Open! - 8 January 2021

  • Business Rates Bills for 2020/2021, Government Funding and Support -
    As the Covid-19 situation is developing, we will endeavour to keep you up-to-date with relevant information and the role that we are playing for our business community. To keep you informed please visit  which we will be posting updates on a regular basis.

  • Business Rates Help - NEW!

  • Small business grant funding - Those eligible for Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rate Relief (RRR) may be eligible for grants to help meet their ongoing business costs. Details of how to claim and eligibility criteria will be published on once we have received this from Central Government. We are expecting this information around 20 March.

  • Business Rates Bills for 2020/21 - You may have just received your business rates bill for 2020/21. Please note that these do not include newly announced discounts or payment holidays. These will be applied automatically and you do not need to take any further action. Please bear with us while we await further advice from Central Government.

  • SLDC are encouraging all businesses with cash flow concerns to speak directly with your business banks, insurance providers, landlords, commercial agents and supply chain to speak about potential payment holidays and flagging business interruption with them.

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Tim Farron, MP

Our local MP, Tim Farron has been working closely and tirelessly on our behalf cagouling government into giving more help to the accommodation and tourism sectors of our local economy.  Unfortunately not all of it has been successful as can be evidenced by the letters below from the various Government ministers.


Letter -

Overdue Treasury Reply to my letter of the 24 February 2021

Government Response to Commercial Rent Query - 12 March 2021

Re-Opening Hospitality - 11 March 2021

Reply to the letter below (Exchequer Secretary)

Tenants of Commercial Properties (Exchequer Secretary)

Letter - Financial Assistance 30 November 2020
Letter - Economic Secretary to the Treasury (Additional Funding)

Letter - Lord Callanan 30th June 2020




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