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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.


Grants and Funding


Cumbria Consultancy Subsidy

06 August 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Fund Information

Funding body:

Cumbria Business Growth Hub

Maximum value:

£ 13,000

Application deadline:

None specified


This programme is provided by Cumbria Business Growth Hub. The subsidy is part of the ERDF Growth Hub project which is receiving funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

Objectives of Fund

This programme offers businesses in Cumbria support towards the cost of a consultancy project. This support is delivered by Cumbria Chamber of Commerce.

Value Notes

Businesses that are looking to grow their operations can access a 40% subsidy of between £1,000 and £1,300 towards:

  • Marketing advice

  • Web development

  • Accountancy & Finance

  • Social Media

  • Legal Advice

  • PR

  • Gaining accreditations, such as ISO and SALSA

Coronavirus (COVID-19) UPDATE: This scheme has been extended to cover purchases of equipment to produce PPE during the Coronavirus crisis. For more information email [email protected]

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants must fund the remaining 60% of costs.

Who Can Apply

ERDF eligible small and medium-sized businesses based in Cumbria, with up to 250 full time equivalent employees and an annual turnover of less than £40 million, may apply.


Cumbria area.


Applicants cannot have received/be receiving more than €200,000 of De Minimis support in the last three years, including the value of any support accessed under this initiative.

Employee Notes


Turnover Notes

Less than £40 million.

How To Apply

There is no set deadline for applications.

Interested parties should liaise with the Growth Hub for more details of how to apply.

Useful documents & links

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Cumbria Business Growth Hub
    Broadacre House
    16-20 Lowther Street
    CA3 8DA
    Tel: 0844 257 8450
    Email: [email protected]


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