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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

HSBC Launches Green Finance Initiatives for UK Businesses

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HSBC UK has launched a portfolio of green finance initiatives, aimed at helping businesses of all sizes strengthen their sustainability. This is part of the bank’s global commitment to provide $100 billion in sustainable financing and investment by 2025.

The range of support comprises:

  • Green Loans
    Following a pilot launch to larger corporates, HSBC UK has broadened its Green Loan proposition to SMEs and mid-market companies wanting to secure loans for sustainable activities. The minimum Green Loan starts at £300,000; enabling a broad range of companies to access finance to support sustainability projects.

  • Green Revolving Credit Facility (RCF)
    The Green RCF enables companies to access funds when required, depending on sustainable cash flow needs, and is available for a minimum loan value of £1 million. Customers can adopt HSBC UK’s Green Framework to manage their green cash flows and meet the four pillars of the Green Loan Principles.

  • Green Hire Purchase, Lease and Asset Loan
    This product facilitates the financing of green assets through hire purchase, lease and asset loan.

Small to medium enterprises (SME) through to large corporates in the UK may be eligible.

HSBC UK’s head of commercial banking, Amanda Murphy, said:

"With the Government committing the UK to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, sustainability is increasingly important for companies of all sizes.

"We can now support their aspirations through our comprehensive Green lending proposition, which supports businesses as they pursue sustainable and environmentally-focused activities."

Support may be accessed at any time.


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

  1. Enquiries
    Business Banking
    HSBC UK Bank
    Tel: 03457 60 60 60


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