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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.


Grants and Funding


FDC Debt Fund

12 November 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

A fund to assist businesses in the UK access investments for business growth.


The FDC Debt Fund is provided by Frontier Development Capital. Flexible debt investment packages are available to SMEs in the UK to meet the needs of their growing business.

Objectives of Fund

The aim of the scheme is to provide flexible debt investment packages to growing SMEs in the UK to meet their business requirements.

Value Notes

Investment is available up to the value of £7.5 million.

There is flexibility about structure and repayment terms (interest and capital repayments will be designed to suit cash flows). Structure debt-based funding for periods of up to five years.

Who Can Apply

SMEs working in any sector in the UK are eligible to apply.



Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for any business requirement eg growth capital, property development and management buyouts.

How To Apply

Applications can be made at any time. Applicants should contact an Investment Director for more information.

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