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."
A council in west cumbria has come up with a new way to fight environmental crime like fly tipping and dog fouling.
Allerdale Borough has launched a system on their website enabling smartphone users to report any mess they see using satellite technology to pinpoint exactly where the problem is.
The council say it will also save the tax payers money.
"This technology is brilliantly interactive - you see a map on the screen of your mobile phone or tablet computer, then hit the 'locate me automatically' button and report a problem on the spot.
"That means it's perfect for those who are just visiting too - they don't have to know road names to report an issue.
"We try to promote the 'Council in a Click' message and encourage people to report problems to us online - this takes that initiative to another level."
– Councillor Phil Tibble, Executive Member for Customer Services, Allerdale Borough Council
"We know how angry people get about things like dog mess and fly tipping and the Council's made no secret of the fact that it has a zero tolerance approach to these issues.
"What's great about our use of this new technology is that we will be able to identify hot spots, increase our officer's presence in those areas, and hopefully eradicate the problems in that locale for good."
– Councillor Michael Heaslip, Executive Member for Locality Services, Allerdale Borough Council