Blackpool Business Recovery Fund Round 2

A second round of applications is now open for the Blackpool Business Recovery Fund, a grant scheme set up to help Blackpool businesses impacted by COVID lockdown restrictions.


Thanks to all who have applied, we have received over 1,000 applications

New rules make more businesses eligible and application deadline extended.

Main changes:

  • Those who have received Self Employment Income Support Scheme are now eligible across all categories
  • Sports stadia have been added to the eligible sectors
  • Deadline for applications has been extended to midnight on 7th April 2021

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, it offers targeted grant support to many businesses who are ineligible for existing grants.

This latest round invites applications from a range of new business sectors, including those impacted by the stay at home policy and travel bans, including daytime takeaways, local convenience stores, travel trade operators, kennels and catteries, driving instructors, coach operators, and 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.

Full details of the grants available and the eligibility criteria can be found in the Grant Allocation Policy which is available here. Please read this important document before making an application.

Applications for the second round of the Blackpool Business Recovery Fund go live from 3pm on Monday 15 March 2021 and will close at midnight on Wednesday 31 March 2021.

There are two application forms available

  • one for taxi drivers CLICK HERE
  • one for other applicants CLICK HERE

Outline details of different types of eligible business are shown below, please see the Grant Allocation Policy CLICK for full details

Category 1 – Hospitality & Retail Sector

Hospitality – Non-business ratepayers

  • Cafes
  • Restaurants

Retail – Business Ratepayers and Non-business ratepayers

  • Takeaways, sandwich shops, bakeries (day time trade only)
  • Local Convenience stores
  • Travel Trade (retail or commercial sales)
  • Market traders (with a current lease)
  • Non rateable kiosks in Hounds Hill Centre

Category 2 – Accommodation Sector

  • Larger hotels – rateable value of 51k and above.
  • B&Bs who pay Council Tax rather than business rates.

Category 3 – Leisure Sector

  • Larger businesses (with a rateable value of £51k or above) in a range of leisure sectors who rely on visitor footfall including amusement arcades, bowling alleys, the model village, piers, trampoline parks, Go Kart rinks, independent theatres, cinemas and other tourist attractions.
  • Tourist concessions such as on the piers and the Golden Mile;
  • Independent cinemas within another specialist property;
  • Specialist local recruitment agencies providing staffing for hospitality events
  • Sports Stadia

Category 4 - Supply Chain Businesses (all rateable values)

Supply chain businesses such as:

  • industrial laundries,
  • catering suppliers,
  • specialist food manufacturers
  • event companies

Category 5 – Transport Sector

  • Coach operators (linked to local or national tourism sector)
  • Driving instructors
  • Taxis – licensed taxi drivers only

Category 6 – Creative Industries

  • Advertising,
  • Architecture
  • Arts & antiques market
  • Crafts: textiles, ceramics, wood, metal, glass, leather
  • Design
  • Fashion
  • Film & video: production, distribution, exhibition
  • Interactive leisure software
  • Music: live and recorded music, music publishing, recording studios
  • Performing arts, theatre, dance, ballet, musicals, etc
  • Publishing: books, newspapers, magazines, electronic
  • Software and computer services
  • TV and radio broadcasting

Category 7 – Other Eligible Businesses

  • Kennels and catteries
  • Stables (beach donkeys only)