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Copeland mayor set to launch £1million scheme for local businesses

Businesses within town centres will be given priority Credit: ITV Border

The Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, is set to launch a £million regeneration scheme on Friday 21 July.

The will go towards Copeland's towns and villages with £500,000 towards regenerating business premises.

Owners, landlords and tenants of units are able to apply for part of the funding, although priority will be given to the four main town centres of Whitehaven, Cleator Moor, Egremont and Millom.

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Warning over UK Data Control business scam

Local business have been warned about a scam that is currently doing the rounds in Dumfries and Galloway.

The council’s Trading Standards team have had reports about a letter headed “UK – DATA CONTROL – Missing information about your VAT Registration Number”.

The letter says that the sender is looking to update VAT registration numbers.

However the small print details that the letter is trying to get the business to pay £790 per year for 3 years inclusion on the UK-Data Control portal. There is likely to be no benefit to being included on this portal.

"This letter could easily catch businesses out as it looks like an official communication.

"Trading Standards Officers have checked the UK-Data Control portal website and have noted that several local businesses are already listed on it.

"This would suggest that businesses in Dumfries and Galloway are being targeted and I would urge anyone who has returned the letter unwittingly to seek advice from Trading Standards."

– Colin Smyth, Chair of the Council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee

The council says businesses should be aware that they have no obligation to provide any information to this company.