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Open 4 Business Portal

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To support our businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, and into the recovery phase, Carlisle City Council is providing free access to Open 4 Business. Open4Business is designed to support businesses locate relevant up to date funding opportunities.

The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website


Grants and Funding News

Coronavirus Loan Schemes Extended to Further Education Establishments

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The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) supports primarily small and medium-sized businesses to access bank lending during the coronavirus outbreak. Those with an annual turnover of up to £45 million can obtain loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million over a maximum of six years. Applicants can access the first year of that finance interest free, as the Government is covering the initial 12 months of interest payments. The Government will guarantee 80% of the finance to the lender.

The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) will ensure that more UK firms are able to benefit from public money during this difficult time. The scheme provides a government guarantee of 80% to enable banks to make loans of up to £25 million to all viable firms with an annual turnover of more than £45 million and up to £50 million for those with a turnover of more than £250 million.

Previously, these schemes were only targeting businesses. Now, eligibility for the loans has been widened to also include further education establishments across the UK.

More details of how to access these loans can be found on the British Business Bank website.

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For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    The British Business Bank
    Foundry House
    3 Millsands
    S3 8NH
    Tel: 0114 206 2131
    Email: [email protected]

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