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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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Carlisle City Council Business Support

14 January 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Full details can be found at the Business support (carlisle.gov.uk)

Highlights include:

Free Funding Portal 

  • We are 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. Visit the portal at https://www.idoxopen4business.co.uk/carlislecitycouncil   

  • The government’s ‘support finder’ tool helps businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic. The link is here.

  • Launch of a business grants graphic that is intended to help businesses figure out which grants they might be eligible for, however, each grant may have further eligibility criteria that businesses must satisfy in order to be eligible for a payment. Businesses should also check the eligibility for the grants before applying, to ensure they meet all the necessary eligibility criteria.

Coronavirus Business Grants

A full summary of the various grants available is set out at Business support (carlisle.gov.uk)

We are doing everything to simplify the process for local business owners, including where possible automated payments based on any previous applications. 

If you have already completed an application form and received a grant from us for the period 5 November - 2 December 2020 for the Local Restrictions Support Grant due to national restrictions (for closed businesses), please do not complete this application form again. We are hoping to automatically pay as many grants as possible (for eligible closed businesses from 31 December 2020 onwards) as a lump sum payment using the bank details already provided.

One off top-up grants for retail, leisure and hospitality sectors

The Chancellor has announced one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the spring.

Please see further info at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/46-billion-in-new-lockdown-grants-to-support-businesses-and-protect-jobs(link is external)

We will update further as soon as we have received guidance from government. 

The full list of grants available can be found at Business support (carlisle.gov.uk)

EU Transition

A deal with the EU has been reached and businesses should take action to ensure that their business operations can run smoothly as new rules apply. Businesses should prioritise taking any actions as soon as possible in the new year. 

The links below provide more information to support business:

  • Use the Brexit checker tool for a personalised list of actions.

  • Sign up here for business readiness bulletins to receive important updates for your business.

  • If you move goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland, check the latest Northern Ireland Protocol guidance here.

  • For guidance on Rules of Origin see here

  • For details of the new arrangements for hiring workers from the EU see here.

  • For travelling to Europe check here and for passports here.

  • For Data Protection and Data Flows check here.

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