Positive Steps into Work

Positive Steps into Work is a Council service designed to get unemployed people back into work and, at the same time, help local businesses to recruit local people.It’s all part of our commitment to regenerating Blackpool and making it a better place to live, work and do business. We have detailed our range of services that may be of interest to you:

Blackpool Council Kickstart Gateway

Blackpool Council is acting as a Kickstart Gateway. The Kickstart scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. The scheme is looking to create 250 000, 6 month job placements up until the end of December 2021 across the country.

As a Kickstart Gateway, Blackpool council helps local employers get a Kickstart Scheme Grant, allowing them to employ young people on 6 month contracts. As part of the Gateway offer, Blackpool Council also has dedicated staff providing Pastoral and Employability support to the young people who access the scheme through the Gateway. Applications to enter Blackpool Council’s Kickstart Gateway are now closed.

If you would like to register your interest to participate in the scheme if we re-open the Gateway, please email  As of February 2021, employers of all sizes can now apply to the Kickstart Scheme Directly.

To learn more, access the government website: 



BOOST – Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub

Boost your business with the Growth Hub.

Whether you are running a Start-up or an Established Business, contacting Boost can be the catalyst to take it to the next level.
Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. We work with business owners and decision makers to help them improve, develop and grow their business.

We provide a range of funded business support programmes in addition to a dedicated service that helps you navigate the local, regional and national business support landscape to find the right support for your business.

Please visit the website for more information Boost Business Lancashire; Lancashire's Business Growth Hub