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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes.

Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.


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Barclays Announces £14 Billion Dedicated SME Fund

19 October 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Barclays Bank has announced a £14 billion lending fund as part of a series of initiatives to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) succeed, grow and flourish through Brexit and beyond.

Focused on building SME resilience during uncertain times, the package of support includes a dedicated lending fund for businesses with a turnover of up to £25 million.

The package comprises business loans, commercial mortgages and overdrafts, including unsecured loans of up to £100,000 and unsecured overdrafts of up to £50,000.

The fund is aimed at UK SMEs at several stages of growth and development, for example:

  • Established businesses with ambitious growth plans.

  • Start-ups with high growth potential.

  • Companies with early-stage equity funding.

  • Businesses focusing on innovation, R&D and technology.

The support is available to both Barclays customers and non-customers alike.

Applications are accepted at any time.

How To Apply

Applications are accepted at any time.

Existing customers should get in touch with their relationship contact or call 0345 605 2345.

Those who are new to Barclays should call 0300 462 515.

More details on the lending fund, and Barclays’ broader range of support for SMEs can be found at


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