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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


Gumtree Launches COVID Recovery Fund to Boost Small Firms

06 May 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Gumtree Small Business Blast-Off competition is supporting Britain’s small businesses to recover from the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its resulting lockdowns, which have restricted normal trading practices.

As lockdown eases, it is accepted that financial pressures on companies will remain burdensome for some time. This scheme aims to help firms on their way back to profitability and help them make the most of new opportunities where they exist.

A range of prizes will be awarded, including £10,000 in cash for the first prize winner and £5,000 for to runners-up. Various supplementary prizes are also provided, including advertising campaigns worth £3,000, free business masterclasses and free Gumtree Pro Accounts.

Small and micro businesses with no more than 15 employees may apply. Businesses must be registered and established in England, Wales or Scotland.

The deadline for applications is 16 May 2021 (24:00 BST).

How To Apply

To enter, business owners need to record a two-minute video explaining how they have coped over the past year and what plans the prizes will help them achieve in 2021. The judging panel will be looking for examples of community spirit, resourcefulness and innovation.

Applications are made online at the programme website

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries Limited ('eCG UK')
    1 More London Place
    SE1 2AF

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