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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


Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme Relaunches Next Month

24 March 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) is being relaunched with up to £210 million for premises in rural areas to access financial help to achieve gigabit broadband connection speeds.

Building on the success of the GBVS, the new UK Gigabit Voucher will launch in April. Businesses will be able to check whether their premises are eligible for a voucher, find a list of registered suppliers, and see those who are active locally.

Launched in March 2018, the original GBVS initiative provided vouchers to cover the installation costs of bringing gigabit connectivity to people’s homes and businesses. So far more than 66,000 vouchers, worth up to £127 million, have been issued to premises across the UK.

The new vouchers, worth up to £3,500 for businesses will go live on 8 April 2021 and mean that rural areas will not have to wait for supplier contracts under Project Gigabit to reach them.

More details will be reported when the UK Gigabit Voucher launches next month.


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