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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

BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Launches for 2019

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The BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund offers financial and high-level mentoring support to British-based fashion designers with the potential for commercial growth. The aim is to help designers make the transition from a developing business to a global fashion brand.

The Fund will help bring new knowledge to designer businesses and the finance to put towards a full time or consultant team member, but also to advise on areas such as accountancy, merchandising, business strategy, international growth, retail and e-commerce.

An award of £200,000 is available to one successful applicant. All shortlisted designers will receive a full mentoring programme through the BFC’s business support team, with access to funders and industry experts.

Applicants must have a UK-based fashion design business which has been established for more than three years.

Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive British Fashion Council, said:

"It is incredible to see the work of the applicants year after year, demonstrating the depth and breadth of the talent we have in the UK.

"The Fund provides a huge opportunity for both the shortlisted designers and the winner to gain invaluable knowledge and experience from our expert mentors and incredible monetary investment to grow and develop their brand on a global stage."

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 7 February 2019.

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