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Support for businesses

  • COVID-19 business help desk

    Blackpool Council has set up a dedicated helpdesk to support local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. The council’s helpdesk will be manned by business support experts, familiar with the needs of local businesses and knowledgeable about the business support available in Blackpool.

    The helpdesk helps businesses to understand and access the package of support announced by the government. It will also work with you to identify any other relevant business support that is available.

    Businesses should complete an enquiry form. The team will then respond with bespoke help and guidance.

    The team will then respond with bespoke help and guidance.

    Regular updates on government support for business during the pandemic.

  • Local restriction support grant

    The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) supports businesses which have been affected by localised restrictions placed on Blackpool since 25 September 2020.

    Financial support is available to business who have been severely impacted by the localised restrictions on socialising or which were required to close.

    Find out more information

  • Financial support

    A number of financial supports have been introduced by the government to help businesses. These include:

    • Business rates relief
    • Business support grant funds
    • Support for the self-employed
    • Support for small and medium-sized businesses
    • Support for large businesses

    View full details of financial support available

  • Job retention scheme

    The government's coronavirus job retention scheme went live on 20 April, with businesses able to claim up to £2,500 a month towards staff wages.

    Employers can furlough anyone they employ, provided that on or before 19 March they were on PAYE payroll and HMRC has been notified of payment via the RTI system.

    The scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021 and the level of grant available to employers under the scheme will stay the same until 30 June 2021.

  • Business recovery fund

    A second round of applications for the business recovery fund is now available and open for applications.

    The fund is on top of the non-discretionary grants paid to ratepaying non-essential retail, hospitality and leisure businesses currently required to close during lockdown.

    The Blackpool Business Recovery Fund, offers targeted grant support to many businesses who are ineligible for existing grants.

    This latest round of the scheme invites applications from a range of new business sectors, including those affected by the stay at home restrictions and travel bans, such as:

    • Daytime takeaways
    • Local convenience stores
    • Travel trade operators
    • Kennels and catteries
    • Driving instructors
    • Coach operators
    • A wide range of creative industries.

    It will also provide additional support to taxi drivers.

    Larger leisure and accommodation businesses with multiple venues can reapply, and smaller tourism supply chain businesses can apply for the first time.

    Update as of 29 March:

    • Those who have received help via the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) are now eligible across all categories
    • Sports stadia have been added to the eligible sectors

    Applications are open from 3.00pm Monday 15 March to midnight on Wednesday 7 April 2021.

    More information and make an appllication

  • Restart Grants

    The Restart Grant supports businesses which have been affected by restrictions placed on local businesses following the COVID19 pandemic.

    This will be a one-off payment based on the sector and the size of the business.

    Find out more information

  • Working safely guidance

    The government has issued new guidance to help businesses in the UK to get back up and running and workplaces operating as safely as possible.

    This follows the Prime Minster setting out steps to beat the virus and restart the economy, so we can protect jobs, restore people's livelihoods and fund the country's vital public services.

    View the guidance

  • Helping businesses to stay safe

    Checklist for businesses

    Blackpool Council wants to assist business as much as possible during these incredibly challenging times.

    It is of paramount importance that we all follow the government guidelines to limit the spread of coronavirus.

    Where workplaces are permitted to be open, precautions need to be taken to reduce the risks; to yourself, your employees, and to the general public.

    We have therefore provided a checklist for businesses, of measures that must be in place to control the risk of coronavirus.

    View coronavirus checklist for businesses

    Unfortunately, if businesses cannot comply with the relevant requirements, then the business will be asked to temporarily cease trading.

    Legionnaires' disease advice

    Many businesses will be reopening from 17 May following closures introduced to help control the spread of coronavirus.

    Where a building has been vacant or had significantly reduced usage it is likely that the water supply has also been unused and this increases the chances of bacteria forming.

    This is known as Legionella bacteris, and can cause Legionnaires' disease - a potentially fatal type of pneumonia.

    It is crucial, in order to protect the health of your customers, visitors and staff, that these risks are identified and addressed.

    View information and precautions to take when reopening

  • Workplace testing

    Evidence shows that around 1 in 3 people who test positive for COVID-19 have no symptoms at all.

    These asymptomatic people can spread the virus unknowingly, in workplaces and in the community. That is why the testing of people without symptoms is vital. Identifying those individuals will save lives.

    Employee testing is quick and easy

    Swabbing and processing symptom-free tests can be conducted in the workplace itself.

    Rapid ‘lateral flow tests' are used that give results within 30 minutes, without needing to send them to a laboratory.

    The tests are designed to be easy to use and require minimal training to operate.

    Find out more and register your workplace now

  • Shops and businesses reopening

    Many shops and businnesses currently remain closed.

    You can find more information about the planned re-opening dates on the government website.

    Businesses must carry out a risk assessment before they reopen in order to identify the risks and controls required in the business to open safely with social distancing measures. This guidance should help you with this.

    We have also produced a number of signs/posters that you may find useful. These can be downloaded and used as you need.

    It is also the business owners responsibility to manage queues both inside and outside the premises.

    Any businesses that would like advice on how to protect people from coronavirus in the workplace are encouraged to call the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) telephone advice line 0300 790 6787.

  • NHS Test and Trace app

    • The NHS Test and Trace App will be released to the public on 24 September. For this to work successfully it will need the support of businesses and venues.

      The app will be a critical enhancement of NHS Test and Trace in England. It will allow us to know quicker if we're at risk of the virus, so we can take action, fast, to protect our communities, friends and families.

      The app will provide users with local information, alert you if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, and very importantly has a built-in QR scanner to check-in at venues.

      As a business or venue you must download your unique QR code poster and display it prominently at the entrances to your premises. Do this now and be ready for the launch of the app

      Find more information and download your QR poster now.

  • Employment support

    • We are working with the Lancashire Skills Hub to make sure people have access to the employment support and skills training they need during this difficult period and to assure you that there is help available whether you've been:

      • Made redundant
      • Furloughed
      • Are at risk of redundancy
      • Have been unemployed for a while

      Find what support is available in Blackpool to help you learn new skills, access training courses, get careers advice and guidance and get one-to-one support to help you get back to work.

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  • COVID fraud hotline

    A new national hotline has recently been launched to stop fraudsters illegally targeting COVID-19 help schemes.

    In an initiative between the government and the charity Crimestoppers, the public can now call a new COVID Fraud Hotline anonymously, free of charge, to report any concerns of suspected fraudulent activity in relation to COVID related support schemes.

    This hotline is open 24/7, 365 days a year on either 0800 587 5030 – or by completing a simple and secure anonymous form at