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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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Innovate UK Launches New Round of Innovation Loans

28 April 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Businesses can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.

Innovate UK (IUK) is providing Innovation Loans to businesses for later-stage innovation projects that have a clear route to commercial success. IUK is delivering up to £20 million for highly innovative projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts.

Projects should aim to develop new products, processes or services believed to be significantly ahead of anything similar in the field. Proposals can come from any technology and any part of the economy. They must focus on commercialisation, growth or scale up. Priority is given to proposals likely to lead to growth, gains in productivity.

Loans of between £250,000 and £1.6 million are available. Projects can last up to four years, including both the R&D and commercialisation phases, and should start by September 2021.

Innovative micro, small and medium businesses in the UK that could manage a loan, but may struggle to access finance from commercial lenders or schemes backed by the British Business Bank, may apply.

The deadline for applications is 2 June 2021 (11:00 BST).

How To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to read the general guidance for applicants to help their chances of submitting a quality application.

Those requiring more information should contact the competition helpline on 0300 321 4357 or email [email protected]

More details can be accessed here

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Competitions Helpline
    Innovate UK (IUK)
    Polaris House
    North Star Avenue
    SN2 1FL
    Tel: 0300 321 4357
    Email: [email protected]

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