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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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Launch of £250,000 Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs Competition

31 March 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs Competition aims to help businesspeople bring their enterprising ideas, imagined during the coronavirus lockdown, to fruition.

Successful participants will be awarded grants to grow or buy the basics they need to commence trading.

The competition has an overall budget of £250,000.

Prizes are as follows:

  • 25 grants of £5,000 will be given to existing small businesses looking to expand.
  • 25 grants of £5,000 will be given new businesses needing some funding to get started.

Applications are open to entrepreneurs and micro business owners who are residents of the UK and aged 18 or over.

A panel of experts will choose the winners and grants will be allocated in June and July.

The deadline for applications is 22 May 2021 (23:59 BST).

How To Apply

Applications are made online at the programme website.

More details can be accessed here

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