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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.




Grantway is a new grant search portal available completely free of charge.

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NatWest Partners with Black Seed to Support UK Black Entrepreneurs

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

18 October 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Support is being provided to help Black entrepreneurs in the UK set up and succeed in business.

NatWest Bank and Black Seed, a venture capital seed fund dedicated to Black founders in the UK, are working together to support over 10,000 Black entrepreneurs to ‘fast-track’ their businesses.

Funding from NatWest is expected to help the bank deliver workshops online and in person to early stage Black business owners. The programme commences with a startup weekend in Brixton, London, from 18-20 November 2022. Free tickets are available to Black entrepreneurs now.

NatWest has provided a £10,000 fund that businesses can pitch for during the weekend. The pitching panel will feature experts in scaling businesses. There are also plans to run a similar event in Manchester in the new year.

The deadline to register for free tickets to the start-up weekend in Brixton is 23 October 2022.


How To Apply

The deadline to register for free tickets to the start-up weekend in Brixton is 23 October 2022.

Interested parties should contact the funding provider directly for further information.

More details are available at the Natwest website.


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