COVID-19: support for businesses

Blackpool Council is committed to helping businesses in the town to access the support available to help them cope with the COVID 19 pandemic.

We will be regularly updating the information available here on Blackpool Unlimited to be as current as possible.

Business Support Helpdesk

We are here to help, if you can’t find the right information below, please complete the form outlining your enquiry by clicking on this link.

*UPDATE 21.01.21* Additional Restrictions Grant

Blackpool Council has received details of our financial allocation from Government for the top up to the Additional Restrictions Grant and are working on a strategy for that fund which can be used until March 2022. Feedback from ineligible applicants to previous grant schemes has highlighted the real difficulties faced by local businesses, and there may be a further round of the Blackpool Business Recovery Fund grants, the eligibility criteria for this would have to be determined and will keep this page updated as soon as we have information about this.

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Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG)

The Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) supports businesses that have been forced to close due to temporary COVID-19 local lockdown restrictions imposed by the government.

The LRSG supports local businesses which were open as usual, providing services in person to customers from their business premises, but which were then forced to close for at least 2 weeks due to local lockdown restrictions imposed by government. Find out more information and apply

Businesses required to close in England due to local or national restrictions will be eligible for the following:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants to be £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants to be £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks.

*UPDATE* Applications

The application process is now open for all of the Local Restriction Grant Schemes in a single application form. You only need to apply once.

Blackpool Council know the majority of businesses that are eligible for these payments. Your application will be refused at the point of submission if you are not on our list of eligible businesses.

Financial Support

Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension - The Government is continuing its support for millions of self-employed individuals by extending the Self Employment Income Support Scheme Grant (SEISS).

Tax cuts and deferrals

Business rates relief

Support for small and medium-sized businesses

Support for large businesses

Government support for jobs

*UPDATE* Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended for a month with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked and further economic support announced.

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - 30 November 2020 is the last day you can submit claims for periods ending on or before 31 October 2020

Support for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees

Other areas of support available from the government that can help businesses, employees, and the self-employed.

Other useful links

An open letter to the Prime Minister from Blackpool

Local restrictions and government guidance

Advice and information from Blackpool Council

NHS Test and Trace app

.GOV.UK Covid 19 Guidance and business support

Please check here for updates