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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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Driving the Electric Revolution - Launch of IUK's PEMD Skills Hub Competition

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15 November 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

UK registered businesses and research organisations can apply for funding for the development of a Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) skills hub in the UK.

Electric and hybrid vehicles, domestic appliances and other applications are creating a need for next-generation Power Electronic, Machines and Drives (PEMD). Innovate UK (IUK) is therefore investing up to £1 million in a single project to create a PEMD skills hub. This is to support the challenge of creating world leading supply chains and expertise for the manufacture of PEMD in the UK.

The aim is to establish the hub as a lasting ‘platform’ that will connect training and education course providers with employers and learners. The hub will be accessible to new learners, professionals already working in PEMD, and those wanting to develop expertise in specialist areas.

IUK has allocated up to £1 million to fund a single project in this competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant. The project’s total eligible costs are not limited. The project should develop a platform, create the skills community and manage the hub. The hub must operate for at least 10 years.

The funding will support:

  • The development of the platform for the hub.
  • The development of a cohesive UK PEMD skills community.
  • Operational costs for up to 36 months to enable the hub to become established.

The competition is open to single applicants and collaborations. The lead must be a UK registered business of any size, research organisation, research and technology organisation, academic institution, charity, not-for-profit or public sector organisation. Collaborations between any of these organisation types will be accepted.

Applicants must demonstrate clear industrial support, covering a cross section of technologies and sectors. They must also have detailed knowledge of the PEMD skills landscape in the UK.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 15 December 2021 (11:00 GMT).


How To Apply

Competition dates:

  • Competition opens: Monday 15 November 2021
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 15 December 2021 (11:00 GMT)

Applicants are encouraged to read the general guidance for applicants to help their chances of submitting a quality application.

Those requiring more information should contact the competition helpline on 0300 321 4357 or email [email protected]

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Competitions Helpline
    Innovate UK (IUK)
    Polaris House
    North Star Avenue
    SN2 1FL
    Tel: 0300 321 4357
    Email: [email protected]

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