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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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IPSE Freelancer Awards

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Background

The IPSE Freelancer Awards are administered by IPSE – the association of independent professionals and the self-employed. IPSE represents freelancers, consultants and self-employed people from each sector of the economy. It is a not-for-profit organisation owned and run by its members.

Objectives of Fund

IPSE believes that self-employment is worth celebrating, therefore, its Freelancer Awards Competition aims to reward the country’s most ambitious and enterprising self-employed people.

Entrants will have an opportunity to win funding and additional support to help their business reach its potential.

Value Notes

Prizes for the 2019 Awards comprise:

  • Freelancer of the Year


The winner and runner-up will show exception in a range of areas including the strength of portfolio, passion and commitment to freelancing, business acumen and creativity. The runner-up will receive a cash prize of £2,500 and the winner £5,000 to invest in their business.

  • Young Freelancer of the Year


The winner will receive £3,000 to invest in their business alongside business support prizes to help with the running of the business.

  • New to Freelancing


The winner will receive £3,000 to invest in their business alongside business support prizes to help with the running of the business.

  • Freelance Project of the Year


The winner will receive a cash prize of £1,500 to invest in their business/future projects as well as a one-year IPSE membership and business support prizes.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not a stipulated requirement of this programme.

Who Can Apply

The Awards are open to freelance or independent professional self-employed people from across the UK. Examples of industries include designers, writers, developers, architects and inventors; however most industries will be within the scope of the programme.

Location

United Kingdom.

Terms and Conditions

Full terms and conditions will be provided upon application.

Restrictions

Although there are no specific exclusions cited within the programme guidelines, those wishing to apply are advised to liaise with the funding provider in the first instance to discuss eligibility.

Eligible Expenditure

Costs associated with eligible projects.

Award Categories

Categories:

Freelancer of the Year

IPSE is searching for the most talented self-employed people in the UK over the age of 24 to enter our Freelancer of the Year Award. This award is designed to recognise and celebrate the innovation and excellence of freelancers in the UK.

Young Freelancer of the Year

IPSE is searching for the most talented self-employed people in the UK 23 or under to enter this category. This award is about celebrating the achievements of people who made the jump into freelancing at an early age and are already making a success of it.

New to Freelancing

IPSE has launched a new award this year to celebrate those independent professionals that have successfully joined the world of self-employment in the past two years.

Freelance Project of the Year

This is a brand new award for 2019 celebrating specific successful freelancer projects rather than a business as a whole. The winner will receive a cash prize of £1,500 to invest in their business/future projects aswell as a one-year IPSE membership and business support prizes.

Co-working Space of the Year

Freelancers are a tight-knit community. Running a solo business can be isolating, so applicants need the right people around in working life. Co-working spaces allow that to happen. They bring freelancers together to network, collaborate, support and learn from each other.

Ambassador of the Year

IPSE ambassadors are the people who make the freelance community stronger. The people who provide products and services that make this group’s working lives easier. The membership organisations, support groups, knowledge hubs and individuals who form the backbone of the flexible labour market.

University Partner of the Year

The University Partner of the Year Award recognises the university that has demonstrated the highest level of support for freelance and self-employed students, alumni and the wider community. The award is based on the university’s development of resources, events and activities to support their students.

How To Apply

This programme operates on an annual basis.

Next deadline: Friday 29 March 2019.

Further advice and assistance with submitting an application may be sought directly from IPSE.

Useful links

IPSE Freelancer Awards Competition
https://www.nationalfreelancersday.com/ipse-awards

Addresses and contacts

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

Enquiries
IPSE, The Association of Independent Professionals

Tel: 0203 053 0606
E-Mail: [email protected]
Calls and deadlines

Information on future calls is indicative only and may be subject to change.

2019 Deadline

29/03/2019

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