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Open 4 Business Portal

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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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BT Supports SMEs to Grow Following COVID-19

03 August 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The BT Small Business Support Scheme is designed to help SMEs across the UK that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It is intended to enable firms to build their recovery and growth following COVID-19 and features a series of measures aimed at boosting connectivity, cash flow and confidence.

The scheme comprises a range of support strands, including:

  • Funding ultrafast business connections
    Helping small businesses fund the cost of an ultrafast business connection by subsidising the total cost by up to £2,500 per customer. Interested parties can find out more from their local BT representative.

  • Launching bursaries for UK tech start-ups
    A new bursary scheme to give 1,000 UK tech start-ups and entrepreneurs a financial head start. From October 2020, eligible companies can apply for a bursary to benefit from free fibre broadband and mobile bundles. Further details will be announced in due course.

  • Supporting small businesses through mentoring
    A new mentoring scheme for small businesses, providing them with free access to expertise across strategy, marketing, sales, and more.

Interested parties are advised to liaise with BT Group for more details about accessing the support available.

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