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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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Innovators' Seed Corn Fund Returns for 2021

14 July 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Innovators’ Seed Corn Fund is provided by the Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association (GIMA). GIMA established the fund to help support the drive for innovation within the UK gardening industry.

GIMA is keen to encourage new entrants to the industry and has put together a package of support to enable them to navigate the industry. The aim is to support the launch of innovative, never before seen products for the gardening market.

The winner will receive a grant of £6,000 to fund the following:

  • Free exhibition space at GLEE, the UK's leading garden retail trade show to the value of £2,000.
  • Support with design, development, manufacturing or marketing costs - £3,000.
  • Business consultancy with an industry expert - £1,000.
  • Half page advert in the GIMA New Product Digest publication.
  • GIMA membership for one year.
  • ACID (Anti Copying in Design) membership for one year.
  • Free promotion around the GLEE trade show.

Following a year in hiatus owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the scheme is once again open to designers, inventors, small businesses and start-ups. Products can be in varying stages of development and readiness for market.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 20 August 2021.

Fund details | GRANTfinder

How To Apply

This is an annual programme.

The deadline for applications is Friday 20 August 2021. The winner will be announced at Glee 2021.

Applicants should submit any relevant pictures and videos alongside the form in order to help the judging panel fully understand the product.

The winning entries are announced at the annual GLEE trade show, attended by thousands of garden industry buyers and decision makers.

More details can be accessed here

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association (GIMA)
    The White House
    High Street
    TN16 1JE
    Tel: 01959 564947
    Email: [email protected]


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