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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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HSBC Creates £500m Fund to Help SMEs Decarbonise

09 November 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

A new funding initiative is being launched to help small and medium-sized UK businesses reduce their carbon emissions and invest in green projects.

HSBC UK has announced a new £500 million Green SME Fund to help businesses transition in a low carbon economy. The bank believes that access to funds should not be a barrier for firms working to achieve lower carbon emissions. Through the Fund, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are being targeted to invest in a range of green solutions and initiatives.

The Fund offers 1% cashback on loans, starting at £1,000 to help firms invest in green activities. The bank says this is the first green offering for small businesses with a cashback proposal in the UK.

SMEs with a turnover of less than £25 million will be eligible for support.

Ian Stuart, CEO of HSBC UK, said:

'We want to help businesses seize the opportunities and growth potential that environmental sustainability offers and the Fund, along with our new and expanding suite of tools and resources, will make it easier for small businesses to take practical steps to cut their emissions and help their customers to cut theirs too.'

The Fund will launch in January 2022, at which point the full eligibility criteria will be made available.


How To Apply

The Fund will launch in January 2022, at which point the full eligibility criteria and T&Cs for both the Fund and the cashback offer will be made available.

More details can be accessed directly from HSBC UK

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    HSBC UK Commercial Banking
    HSBC UK Bank

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