Blackpool Business Recovery Fund

A new discretionary grant scheme has launched

The Blackpool Business Recovery Fund is aimed at supporting those tourism businesses that lost income as a result of moving into Tier 2 and 3 restrictions prior to the national lockdown.

It will provide a range of grants for those operating in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors, including businesses directly supplying Blackpool’s visitor economy.

It will also provide strategic financial help to businesses that are deemed critical to the resort’s economic recovery in 2021.

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 Blackpool Business Recovery Fund will go live from 9am on Monday 30 November 2020 and will close at midnight on Monday 14 December 2020.

Details of how different types of business should apply are shown below, please choose the right method for your business, as using the wrong application form will delay any payment due and may require resubmission of the appropriate form.

Business Sectors - Ratepaying Businesses Only

Category 1 – Hospitality Sector

Restaurants and cafes significantly impacted by the loss of visitor custom.

Ratepaying businesses only can apply.

Rateable value less than £51,000 - apply using this form (eligible businesses do not need to apply if you have already received a national lockdown grant as we already have your details and you will be paid automatically)

Rateable value over £51,000 – apply using this form

Category 2 – Accommodation Sector

This is aimed at local guest houses, B&Bs, hotels, holiday apartments, and caravan parks who have suffered from cancellations and a reduced trading environment since the introduction of tiered and lockdown restrictions.

Ratepaying businesses only can apply.

Rateable value less than £51,000 - apply using this form (eligible businesses do not need to apply if you have already received a national lockdown grant as we already have your details and you will be paid automatically)

Rateable value over £51,000 – apply using this form

Category 3 – Leisure Sector

The focus is on businesses in a range of leisure sectors who rely on visitor footfall including amusement arcades, theme parks, bowling alleys, tourist attractions, the model village, piers, trampoline parks, Go Kart rinks and independent theatres.

Ratepaying businesses only can apply.

Rateable value less than £51,000 - apply using this form (eligible businesses do not need to apply if you have already received a national lockdown grant as we already have your details and you will be paid automatically)

Rateable value over £51,000 – apply using this form

Category 4 - Supply Chain Businesses

Key supply chain businesses such as industrial laundries, catering suppliers, specialist food manufacturers or event companies who have been severely impacted by the downturn in demand emanating from Blackpool’s tourism industry. Evidence of strong links to Blackpool will be required (i.e. serving local markets).

Ratepaying businesses only can apply.

Only businesses with a rateable value greater than £15,000 can apply using this form

Businesses In Non Rated Properties

Category 5

1) Taxis - This recognises the downturn in trade for licensed taxi drivers offering a grant equivalent to the 2020-21 licence costs for drivers, their vehicles and carriages. Over 1,000 registered Blackpool taxi drivers will benefit from this grant.

Taxi grants apply using this form

2) Tourist concessions such as on the piers and the Golden Mile.

3) Cafes/restaurants within or part of another specialist property e.g. the café at Solaris.

4) Small events companies demonstrating a direct link to Blackpool’s tourism offer.

5) B&Bs who pay Council Tax rather than business rates.

Small Businesses in 2/3/4/5 apply using this form

Non-Ratepayers only can apply

2/3/4/5 must operate from within a Blackpool rated property. Mobile businesses do not qualify.