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Kendal businesses will find out today if they will have to pay to be part of an initiative which aims to improve the town centre.
An £8m scheme to clean up beaches and the sea in west Cumbria nears completion.
Shoppers across the region have been encouraged to support local businesses as part of the Government's Small Business Saturday initiative.
The scheme aims to highlight what independent retailers bring to their high streets and encourages people to shop locally.
Deborah Cosgove, Project Manager at Allerdale Borough Council, said: "We've been going additional work as to how we can actually support them in the longer term to be more sustainable to grow or even just to make sure they can cope over what can be very difficult times for people."
Chancellor George Osborne is expected to cap increases to business rates in his Autumn Statement today and only a quarter of the public think the coalition understands the concerns of small business owners and entrepreneurs, according to the ITV News Index carried out by polling firm ComRes.
Only 26% of those questioned said the Government understood small business owners, while 66% thought the Coalition understood banks and big businesses.
A new visitor centre opens its doors in Dumfries and Galloway this weekend.
Kirroughtree near Newton Stewart has been refurbished and significantly modernised.
It will operate alongside new visitor centres at Clatteringshaws and Glentrool as part of a four and a half million pound project.
Businesses in South Lakeland have been getting expert advice on how to sell themselves online.
Fiona Marley Paterson reports.
One of the biggest challenges facing people who've been brought up in the Lake District is trying to afford to stay there.
Property prices are hugely inflated by people wanting to buy holiday homes in the area.
This afternoon fifteen so called "affordable" homes were opened in one of the Lake District's most popular villages, and they're available to locals only.
Tim Backshall reports from Grasmere.
15 so-called "affordable" homes are being opened in one of the Lake District's most popular villages this afternoon.
They are designed to allow local people to stay in the area, instead of being priced out of the market by those wanting to buy holiday homes.
Tim Backshall sent this lunchtime report from Grasmere,
Adrian Luckham from Way Ahead, in Lupton, has been at today's conference.
"I'm going to look again at my website, make it less stagnant and tell all my clients all the tips I've learnt today.
"I think this is really good for our area because I never knew you could use street view to look inside our businesses and I think that would be really good for our local hospitality industry to show how warm and inviting Cumbrian businesses are.
Businesses in a rural market town in Cumbria are learning how to use a website today to search terms and online adverts to boost their business globally.
It is part of a drive to give rural businesses more technical skills.
The Google Juice Bar is on at the Brewery Arts Centre between 10am and 12.30pm.
It has already helped 250,000 businesses in the UK and is now coming to South Cumbria.
The campaign is not just about businesses as the council hopes if local traders can sell their shop to a global audience, it will also be an advert for Kendal - boosting visitor numbers and the local economy.
– Councillor Giles Archibald, Portfolio Holder for Town Centres and Small Business
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our local businesses.
"The Google Juice programme will allow them to get important advice from the Internet giant Google which will in turn benefit their online presence and could make them more prosperous.
"It is a key part of the council’s strategy to support local businesses and to make South Lakeland the best place to live, work and explore.”
– Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale
“A successful online presence is vital for businesses here in South Lakeland and successful small businesses mean a strong local economy.
"I hope that as many businesses as possible sign up to this event so they can take advantage of the expertise on offer from Google.”
– Dan Cobley, Managing Director at Google UK
“A recent Boston Consulting Group report found that small businesses actively using the Internet can grow eight times faster than those companies with no web presence.
"Our goal is to get businesses of all sizes to understand the importance of the Internet and how to use it to help the overall growth of their enterprise and the local economy.
"We hope that local businesses in South Lakeland will take advantage of this free digital session."