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. 

01253 477300 or email



The Platform

The Platform is a new Council service for 16 to 24 year olds to help them find a job, access training or education.



BOOST – Lancashire’s Business 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. They work with business owners and decision makers to help them improve, develop and grow their business.

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



Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)

Are you an SME manufacturer with big ambitions? AMRC North West can help you. Based in central Lancashire, they are a world-class centre for advanced manufacturing research and innovation, and part of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

Please visit the website for more information Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre



Access to Finance (A2F)

A2F service provides SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in Lancashire with bespoke funding support to help them to source funding and finance that will unlock business growth. 

Visit the A2F website for more information



Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) is a Blackpool-based UK-wide network established to support smaller businesses to achieve their ambitions.  FSB offers advice on Legal, HR and Tax issues; has a Funding Platform to help small businesses get the right finance, and lots of advice and support on its website to help make sure busy small business-owners 

Contact for any questions or to discuss how your business can benefit.



SME Productivity & Innovation Centre (PIC) – Edge Hill University

The award-winning SME Productivity & Innovation Centre (PIC) at Edge Hill University delivers real impact through an intensive fully-funded Innovation Sprint Programme that helps established SMEs, with the vision and potential for growth, build a coherent business model strategy to scale-up. On average SMEs who complete the programme achieve 29% growth.

Find out more and read our success stories on our website

(This programme is part-funded by the European Regional development Fund)



Please note no cash grants are available.

Blackpool Growth Business Academy

Start ups


Please note no cash grants are available.

Business Support Enquiry

Meeting Room Enquiry