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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


IUK Launches £2.5m Fast Start Creative Industries Fund

20 May 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Innovate UK (IUK) has launched a competition which provides a package of targeted support for growth, enabling ambitious, creative businesses to reach their potential. The package is designed to help creative firms explore new revenue streams by generating new products, services or IP which respond to changing market conditions.

IUK has allocated up to £2.5 million to fund innovation projects in this competition. Applicants can claim 100% of eligible project costs up to the maximum of £25,000. If the application is successful, applicants must work with an Innovate UK EDGE advisor to maximise their project’s impact.

The competition is open to single applicants only. To lead a project, an organisation must be a UK registered micro or small business that has not previously received funding from IUK. The business must be from the creative industries or support the creative industries and have a demonstrable ambition for growth.

Projects must focus on subsectors including advertising and marketing, arts and culture, broadcasting, crafts, design, fashion, film, games, music and publishing.

The deadline for applications is 16 June 2021 (11:00 BST).

How To Apply

Competition dates:

  • Open: 17 May 2021
  • Competition closing date: 16 June 2021 (11:00 BST)

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

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Addresses and contacts

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

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

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