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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

Funding opportunity to help prospective entrepreneurs in the UK to set up in business

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The SJL Foundation has relaunched this nationwide competition to substantially help a new batch of entrepreneurs wishing to establish their own business.

Participants will pitch to a panel and audience at the House of Commons later this year, outlining why they should win funding.

Winners will be awarded a start-up business grant of £2,000. They will also receive mentoring and associated PR to boost their profiles.

Businesspeople in the UK with a business start-up idea or with a start-up business up to one year old may enter.

Simon Lancaster, Trustee of the SJL Foundation, said:

"After the success of last year’s awards, I am excited about what the SJL National Start-Up Business Awards can achieve for next generation entrepreneurs in 2020.

"I established SJL Insurance 18 years ago with a Worcester council grant of £500, which I used to buy a desk and computer, so I want the story to go full circle and help others do the same with our PayItForward movement."

The closing date for entries is Monday 2 March 2020.

How To Apply

2020 deadline: 2 March 2020.

To enter the competition, entrants need to email [email protected] to ask for an application form.

Each competition entrant must submit a three minute video of themselves saying what their business activity does, and how they would spend the £2,000 grant and how they would benefit from mentorship.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    SJL Foundation
    SJL Insurance Services
    Suite C The Kays Building
    The Tything
    WR1 1HD
    Tel: 01905 27775
    Email: [email protected]

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