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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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SME Leaders Programme Launches Second 2020 Round

22 October 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Provided by the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub, the SME Leaders Programme supports promising leaders of high-growth engineering and technology SMEs. By improving the skills of these leaders, the Academy wishes to encourage the pursuit and growth of excellence in UK engineering.

The aim of the programme is to support the development of leadership skills, through a number of channels:

  • A grant of up to £10,000 to pay for leadership courses.

  • Expert business mentoring.

  • One-to-one personal development coaching.

  • Workshops, roundtables, speaker events.

  • Access to the Taylor Centre – a co-working and meeting space in central London.

  • PR and IP support.

  • All travel and accommodation expenses covered.

Leaders of high growth engineering and technology small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK will qualify for assistance.

The next deadline for applications is 9 November 2020 (16:00 GMT).

The programme duration will be six months. Successful applicants will be required to attend the induction day.

More details can be accessed here


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