Covid 19 Business Recovery Support

Useful information for business recovery

It is our priority to support local businesses with their recovery and we have created this page to assist you and help you navigate your business through these tough times and stay resilient.

*UPDATE* 19.10.20

We are currently awaiting clarification from Lancashire leaders on what support and funding will be available now we are in tier 3 and how businesses will apply, along with eligibility criteria. We will keep this page updated as soon as we have the information

Whether you are an existing business or just starting out, big or small and facing Covid 19 recovery issues, the team at Blackpool Unlimited are here to help. We have advisers who can offer practical advice and guidance on all aspects of your business.

To contact us, call 01253 477147 or email

Must Do!

Blackpool Council’s Coronavirus (Covid-19) checklist for businesses

Working safely -

Reopening and protecting staff -

NHS Test and Trace app - As a business or venue you should by law download your unique QR code poster and display it prominently at the entrances to your premises. Find more information and download your QR poster now.

Business Support

Financial support for businesses -

Covid 19 and International Trade -

Never a better time to get started in business

In tough times, many people have started successful businesses and our advisers at Get Started have helped and supported many of these over 14 years.

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Employment Support

Blackpool Council is 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.

We are here to help. Please complete the form outlining your enquiry by clicking on this link.

New and updated guidance 9.10.20

Job Retention Bonus: Further information has been published on how businesses can claim the government’s Job Retention Bonus. Check your eligibility and find out how to apply.

Advice for food businesses: Guidance for all workplaces involved in the manufacturing, processing, warehousing, picking, packaging, retailing and service of food has been updated. Please see the latest version here.

Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services: Working safely guidance has been updated on the operation of soft play and indoor play areas and taking payment in licensed venues.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension: The grant is being extended from 1 November 2020. Find out here if you are eligible and how much you can get. Guidance is available on how HMRC will work out your trading profits and non-trading income if you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus. A video on how to claim the second grant step-by-step is also available.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: 30 November 2020 is the last day you can submit claims for periods ending on or before 31 October 2020. After this date you will not be able to submit any further claims or add to existing claims. More here.

Cyber safety guide to help small businesses work securely online: The National Cyber Security Centre’s re-launched Small Business Guide sets out five key areas for businesses to help improve
their cyber security.  The new-look guidance arrives at a time when many organisations have moved their operations online due to the coronavirus pandemic. It highlights accessible and actionable steps to take which have little to no cost. There is also guidance that helps small to medium sized organisations prepare their response to and plan their recovery from a cyber incident.