Start your own business

Blackpool has long had a reputation for creating entrepreneurs - people with bright ideas who are prepared to work hard to turn them into a viable business.

Please have a look at our Blackpool Unlimited website where you will find inspiration and information to ignite your entrepreneurial spirit and to provide practical assistance to transform your ideas and skills into a business.

No two start-ups are the same; there are a huge variety of different businesses.  Some people want to work for themselves, some want to build fast-growing enterprises.  Whatever your needs you will find support, resources and practical guides on Blackpool Unlimited to help you achieve your ambitions.


The support includes the council's Get Started service, a friendly, professional service for Blackpool residents looking to start a new business - almost a thousand businesses have been assisted to start in Blackpool over the past 8 years.

You will get access to seminars and a dedicated business advisor who will work with you from day one to guide you through the do's and don'ts of setting up in business. 

Our advisors have a wealth of experience and are able to cover all the key issues you will face when setting up a business from scratch, and we'll continue to support you in those vital first few months of trading.

What are you waiting for?  Follow the path so many other successful small businesses have taken and get in touch with us today.

To register for Get Started or to find out more, please call us on 01253 477147 or email

You Can Do It!

Are you aged between 18 - 25?

Have you thought about being self-employed or starting your own business?

You Can Do It! (YCDI) is a new project designed to help you explore what it means to be self-employed or what it might be like to start a small business.

Thousands of people in Blackpool work for themselves already.

Being self-employed is a real career option. 

‘You Can Do It!’ invites you to explore this option through a range of activities, events, one to one support and guidance. 

These activities include: 

Business Trail – Meeting at a designated point a small group will walk around the local area meeting those running shops and services.  This is a great way to meet business owners and ask them some important questions.

How did they get started?  Was it difficult to set up? 

Is it expensive to start a business?

You might be surprised at the answers. 

Fun Casino – Once we have looked at the basics of setting up a business, the next big question is all about money and the risks involved. We will invite you to join us at Bispham College for a fun casino event that will get you thinking about how to use your money more carefully. 


If you want to find out more – please get in touch

Email: Telephone: 01253 477380 or visit

Blackpool Unlimited also provides a Start-Up Toolkit, a set of DIY resources to help you through the key stages of starting your business.