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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


Forward Advances

03 June 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

A revenue-based finance solution for start-ups and fast-growing businesses in the UK.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Forward Partners

Maximum value:

£ 1,000,000

Application deadline:

None specified


Forward Partners offer 'Forward Advances' to start-ups and fast-growing businesses looking for revenue-based finance to grow. Unlike traditional venture capital or standard bank loans, a Forward Advance allows businesses to finance their marketing spend without having to give up equity or committing to personal warranties.

Objectives of Fund

The aim of the scheme is to provide fast-growing businesses with growth capital.

Value Notes

Flexible funding of between £10,000 and £1 million is available.

The amount offered is based on business performance with a fixed fee of around 6%.

A team of growth specialists can also offer hands-on expertise.

Who Can Apply

Businesses must have at least six months of marketing data, £10,000 or more of monthly revenues and be an incorporated company based in the UK.

Finance is provided across a range of sectors although focus is on eCommerce, marketplaces and B2C SaaS businesses.



Eligible Expenditure

Finance is available to help businesses grow and can be used for marketing or inventory.

How To Apply

Applicants should complete the short online form available on the website.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Forward Partners
    2 Aurora Building
    124 East Road
    N1 6FD


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