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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 Opens for 2022

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

26 April 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding is available to support the drive for innovative new products within the UK gardening industry.

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.

The scheme is 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 27 May 2022.


How To Apply

This is an annual programme.

Deadline: Friday 27 May 2022.

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 via the GIMA website.


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