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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


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Shell Springboard Awards - 2019 Round Open to Applications

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The Shell Springboard Awards were launched in 2005 and have since attracted thousands of applications from small business owners with ideas to combat climate change, allocating more £3.8 million to 98 businesses.

The programme provides a financial boost to innovative, low carbon initiatives from across the UK. The objective is to encourage companies to see climate change responsibilities as more than compliance and cost. Shell believes there is a marked business opportunity if society is to move from a carbon-constrained world.

A total funding pot of £350,000 is available in 2019. Three regional winners will be awarded cash prizes of £40,000 in funding. Six businesses will go forward to the national final, which will be held in London in April/May 2019.

One business will be crowned the national winner of Shell Springboard 2019. This business will then receive additional funding of £110,000 – meaning the overall winner of Shell Springboard 2019 will receive a total of £150,000 in funding to scale up its low-carbon business idea.

Any UK-registered SME can apply. The business must meet the three core Shell Springboard criteria – that it will reduce carbon emissions; be commercially viable; and demonstrate one or more innovative elements. Businesses must have been established for a minimum of three months and have less than 250 employees.

The deadline for the Shell Springboard 2019 programme is 10am on Monday 29 October 2018.

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