You can do it!

Get Started encourages young entrepreneurs of tomorrow

Blackpool Council’s Economic Development team have secured a project grant to support young people into exploring their options regarding self-employment. This successful funding bid gives the team room to develop an additional project designed to help young people explore their options in relation to starting a business. This will run alongside the current open offer of support for anyone considering starting a business.

‘You Can Do It’ is a business start-up scheme aimed at 18 to 25 year olds. The scheme is designed to encourage the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

This additional funding opens up a great opportunity to develop a scheme with young people in mind. Our Economic development team already deliver support to residents in Blackpool but historically it tends to see people of 35 plus. This project is about putting self-employment and business ownership on the career radar of every 18-25 year old.

The fund is offered by Scape Reinvest to specifically support young people (18 to 25) in Blackpool to consider and plan for self-employment.

The fund was hotly fought over with almost double the applications for the available funding. The Blackpool Council ‘Get Started in business: in Blackpool’ team will be offering new and fresh workshops to open up the idea of becoming self-employed or starting a business.

The additional sessions and support for young people will range from Casino Fun to a town centre Business Trail. Team manager Mr David Slater said we want to find ways that make talking about starting a business less daunting. We are going to offer a range of interesting activities from a ‘Fun Casino’ with funny money through to meeting real life business owners at their premises. All to inspire and help people recognise that with a bit of planning a business is a real career option.

For more information about this project please call 01253 477147 or email

We would very much appreciate your input, so please take a few moments to fill in a short survey to help us get an overview of how aware people are of starting/running a business

The Scape Reinvest Communities Fund supports new business start-ups and encourages entrepreneurial talent among young people, as a means of boosting economic growth and new employment opportunities in the UK. The organisation recognises that individuals require support and encouragement to take their first step into enterprise, irrespective of their background, age or experience. Young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and so Scape wishes to encourage entrepreneurialism amongst young people to create a job themselves and potentially for others.

Social value and economic development sit at the heart of our vision and values. We are therefore delighted to be in a position to offer additional support to our clients and their communities via Scape Reinvest.

Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive