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Blackpool is a great place to start a business

Blackpool has long had a reputation for creating entrepreneurs – people with bright ideas who are prepared to work hard to turn them into viable businesses. Here 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 here to help you achieve your ambitions.

Start your business journey by calling to make an appointment with one of experienced advisers 01253 477147

*Please note* - Most of the team are currently working from home, so if you would like to be contacted by a business adviser please email


Starting your own business? Or Looking to grow your business?

Blackpool Council library has an online portal for residents that can provide some fantastic information to assist you.

Cobra (Complete Business Reference Adviser)

You will find an enormous amount of useful information on your type of business, from what qualifications you need through to marketing tips, as well as useful sites to look for further information.

The information is split into 2 parts:

The Business Opportunity Profiles provide facts on your particular business.

The Business Information Fact Sheets will give you a plethora of information from taxation to legislation.

All the above is kept up to date.

1. You will need a Blackpool Council library card number to access Cobra

2. Join the library here

Once you have joined, you can access all the libraries online books, magazines and other resources, including COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser) here

Virtually all business types are covered in COBRA and for each business you will find everything you need to complete a business plan, or indeed grow your awareness.

Alongside this you will find help with all business topics from Taxation to how to construct a Marketing Plan.

This is a free resource that can aid your research and enable you to increase your professionalism.

Get Started will assist you to start and grow your business in addition to the above support

Start-Up Tool Kit

The resources on offer include:

  • what to think about before starting your business
  • experiences from those who have got started
  • how to find out about the rules and regulations which apply to your business
  • how to do some market research
  • templates to help steer you through business planning and marketing
  • links to a wide range of useful topics
  • information about finance schemes to support your start-up

Business Support

Many people benefit from talking about their plans with an experienced adviser, and attending workshops on key subjects with other people starting their businesses. There are a range of free and subsidised services available to assist business start-ups in Blackpool, including our own ‘Get Started’ service. Our guide will help you choose the right one.


There is a wide range and variety of commercial property available in the Blackpool area, places to start and places to grow. Many people starting a business are unfamiliar with the commercial property market and the vagaries of business rates. Our easy to use property search and links to business rates advice will help to simplify this process.

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