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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

£24m Fund Launched for the UK’s Creative SMEs

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The Creative Growth Finance Debt Fund has been established to provide scale-up funding to the UK’s most promising creative businesses. It will target post-revenue small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that require supporting finance for continued growth.

The fund is targeted at firms that are looking to scale-up, or via the development of existing or new technology, products and services which will meet emerging client demand, provide a significantly better service and enhance the company’s competitive edge. Businesses that harness creativity in technologies, are talent-led and bring change, disruption and new IP to the creative industries are being targeted.

The programme has set aside a total of £24 million. Loans of between £100,000 and £500,000 are available. The repayment term is between one and four years at an agreed fixed interest rate of between 7.5% and 15%.

Established creative SMEs in the UK are eligible to apply. The business must been trading for at least two years, with identifiable revenues and customers as proof of traction.

Caroline Norbury, CEO of Creative England, said:

"The fund has been launched with creative excellence and economic prosperity at its core and is the first of many investment platforms that will continue to leverage these objectives."

Bevis Watts, CEO of Triodos Bank UK, said:

"As a bank that focuses on delivering positive societal benefits through our lending, we are looking forward to seeing the impact this new fund will have on local communities and regional development."

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Useful documents & links

Scheme - Guidance Document

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Creative England
    1st Floor College House
    32-36 College Green
    BS1 5SP
    Email: [email protected]

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