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Blackpool Town Centre BID reminds us to wear a mask when shopping

Blackpool Town Centre BID

Blackpool Town Centre BID is the Business Improvement District. Please #shoplocal in Blackpool town centre, even when redevelopment and building work is underway. Investment in the town centre is creating better, more attractive places.

Please Wear a Mask!

Blackpool Council and Town Centre BID reinforce the “wear a mask” rule change

Blackpool Council joined forces with the Town Centre BID company to help remind shoppers that they must wear face masks from Friday, July 24. 

Although it’s no longer a legal requirement, please wear a mask when you go inside public places.

Don’t Make us Ask!

Blackpool Council and the BID have produced window stickers bearing the slogan “Don’t Make Us Ask, Wear A Mask” to encourage shoppers to abide by the law and think about others. 

Wear a mask when shopping in Blackpool town centre
Wear a mask when shopping in Blackpool town centre

Blackpool Town Centre BID

The BID aims to provide a safer, cleaner and greener space, and acts as a voice for over 600 businesses.

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Blackpool BID (Business Improvement District) has a simple mission. To work on behalf of its Members to make the Town Centre a better place to do business.

The aim of the BID is to create a cleaner, safer and inviting town centre with something for everyone. Shopping and markets, entertainment, food and drink.

The BID covers the town centre area, from the promenade between Central and North Piers to Sainsbury’s and the railway station going inland. Businesses pay a levy amounting to 1% of their rateable value to pay for BID activities. This include events, warden services and security.

If you have something you want to say, or want to find out more, please get in touch on 01253 476 204 or visit the BID website.

Blackpool Town Centre, managed by the BID
Blackpool Town Centre, managed by the BID
Church Street in Blackpool Town Centre
Shopping at Church Street in Blackpool Town Centre

Please Shop Local in Blackpool Town Centre

If you’ve been to Blackpool recently you’ll know that building work is going on in various places. Please #shoplocal and support the shops and businesses in Blackpool town centre while this work is happening. The roadworks and construction works all have one purpose – making Blackpool better.

There’s a great selection of high street names and local independents. It’s OUR town centre – please support it!

The tramway is being extended to the railway station. The town centre is getting a new conference centre, a new IMAX cinema, and more places to shop and eat. New four and five star hotels are being built. The look and feel of streets is being improved.

Improvements around Talbot Road

Works at Talbot Road to lay tracks for the new tramway extension are now finished. Demolition of Wilko is about to begin to allow the new transport interchange to be built.

Lots of improvements are taking place. New pavements around Dickson Road as part of the Quality Corridors programme have made a big difference to the street scene.

New pavements in Blackpool Town Centre
New pavements in Blackpool Town Centre

Visit Fylde Coast went for a wander around Blackpool North Shore. Take a look around –

A better town centre for everyone

It’s all part of a larger project to create better, more attractive places in Blackpool, leading to investment and jobs for local people. While it’s all going on, the BID continue to work for the businesses in Blackpool, trying to make the town cleaner and safer for everyone.

Blackpool Town Centre BID, creating cleaner, safer spaces to shop
Blackpool Town Centre BID, creating cleaner, safer spaces to shop

It’s an exciting time in our town. A lot of investment and planning is coming to fruition. You know what they always say on TV – local investment and construction is always a sign that a place is on the up!

Offers, Events and Updates from Local Shops

Take a look at the Blackpool BID Facebook page for offers, deals, updates and more from Blackpool town centre shops and businesses.

BID Blackpool Town centre Facebook page

Events in Blackpool

There’s always something to see and do in Blackpool, whatever the weather! Take a look at the Visit Fylde Coast Events Calendar to find out what’s on for you to enjoy

Find Whatever you’re looking for in Blackpool Town Centre

The great thing about Blackpool Town Centre is that it’s got it all. There’s everything here that you’d expect from a great town centre destination.

Make it a part of your day out or holiday. Take a look round the shops, enjoy a bite to eat, a walk on the prom, fun and entertainment. It’s all in close proximity and easy walking distance, for a great day out for all the family.

Blackpool Town Centre is managed by Blackpool BID. Creating a cleaner, safer and inviting town centre with something for everyone. Shopping and markets, entertainment, food and drink.

Indoor shopping

Enjoy the indoor malls of the Houndshill Shopping Centre with national names including Next, New Look and more besides. All under cover in bright and spacious surroundings with cafes, toilets, car parking and baby changing on hand.

Welcome to Houndshill Shopping Centre Blackpool
Welcome to Houndshill Shopping Centre Blackpool

Head outside into the sunshine and sea air of the streets around the Houndshill to find many other big high street names. They include Marks and Spencer, WH Smith and TK Maxx. A spectacular Primark on four floors – and similar national chains.

Blackpool town centre BID looks after Church Street
Blackpool town centre BID looks after Church Street

Independent retailers

There are plenty of independent retailers to explore, and some really nice products to find. There’s all kinds of women’s, men’s and children’s fashions. But also hairdressers, nail bars, cafes and food shops, solicitors and pet shops. Food retailers include the Co-op – with a handy supermarket right in the centre of town on Birley Street.

Co-op supermarket at Birley Street in Blackpool town centre
Co-op supermarket at Birley Street in Blackpool town centre

Just across the road from Birley Street is Abingdon Street Market. It’s a traditional market and long standing part of Blackpool’s retail landscape. Stalls include fruit and veg, bakeries, cheese and dairy, home cooked meats to make your mouth water, and more.

Abingdon Street Market in Blackpool town centre
Abingdon Street Market in Blackpool town centre

Compact town centre

The good thing about Blackpool is that it’s quite a compact place, so you’re not too affected by the inclement British weather! In some cities and town centres you can walk for miles just getting from place to place. Here in Blackpool you can spend most of your time and energy actually finding whatever it is you came for. Without getting a drowning from the weather!

It’s also a great place for leisure too. Perfect if you’re not a big shopper but like to enjoy a busy atmosphere. There are plenty of restaurants, pavement cafes and bars where you can meet a friend for a drink and a bite to eat.

Try the ever popular Nando’s or maybe one of the Taste of Lancashire assured independent restaurants. For a quick bite to eat, there’s plenty of choice of coffee shops and cafes.

Brilliance

Why not head to Birley Street – a pedestrianised area where you’ll find Brilliance. The huge overhead steel structures play music and light shows and in season link the Illuminations to the town centre. Even in the daytime it’s an experience and somewhere to sit awhile and just take in the sights and sounds. At night it comes to life!

Brilliance at Birley Street
Brilliance at Birley Street

A short stroll from Birley Street, past the mock-tudor front of the market, is St John’s Square. It’s a really nice open public space right in the heart of town, where you’ll often find things happening.

Sit a while in the sunshine with a coffee and a cake at one of the many cafes. See the diving sculpture at St John’s Square and how the light catches it at different times of the day and year.

St John's Square, Blackpool. One of the Fylde Coast town centres
St John’s Square, Blackpool.

Things to do

Of course Blackpool Town Centre is also where you’ll find the Winter Gardens, The Grand Theatre and The Blackpool Tower. Enjoy a world of entertainment and leisure, with West End shows, comedy, drama and dazzling nightlife.

Come and enjoy Blackpool Town Centre – it’s got it all!

More About Blackpool Town Centre BID

Blackpool BID looks after the town centre area from the promenade between Central and North Piers to Sainsburys and the railway station going inland.

Businesses pay a levy amounting to 1% of their rateable value to pay for BID activities which include events, warden services and security.

The aim of Blackpool BID is to create a cleaner, safer and inviting town centre with something for everyone – shopping and markets, entertainment, food and drink.

Blackpool Town Centre BID – A Better Town Centre for Everyone

Blackpool BID

The core aims are a Safer/Cleaner/Greener town. To help achieve these aims the BID staffing team includes:

  • full time Street Wardens
  • full time CCTV Operators
  • part time and full time cleaners

A SAFER DAYTIME & NIGHT TIME ECONOMY

The BID is continuously involved in a multi-agency operation to tackle antisocial behaviour and public nuisance issues in the town centre, mainly caused by beggars, spice users and street drinkers. It’s a problem not just isolated to Blackpool town centre but prevalent in town centres throughout the UK.

The operation is ongoing, working with the Police, Trading Standards, Housing Options and the drug and alcohol service.  Although legally the process is quite slow the BID are pleased to report that the number of successes is steadily growing. This has lead to a number of Criminal Behaviour Orders being issued, with more cases on the court schedule.

KEEPING AN EYE ON THE TOWN CENTRE

The BID recruited 3 additional town centre wardens in September 2017.  This enables a full 7 day service to 7.30pm most days. It’s had a significant and positive effect, with praise coming from both retailers and the public alike.

Reintroduction of CCTV is invaluable, with some significant crime prevention and arrests since its reinstatement. The BID supports the continuance of a staffed CCTV service.

SHOPWATCH – This scheme forms a major part of the Safer Campaign. More than 80 retail members in the town centre are linked together by a radio system to assist in the prevention and detection of retail crime. Members work closely with BID staff and we have successfully implemented on average 20 civil exclusion orders and Crasbo orders on an annual basis.

PUBWATCH – Blackpool BID facilitates and co-ordinates Blackpool & Fylde Pubwatch with some 180 members. By working alongside licensees, police, trading standards and other agencies. Pubwatch has helped manage a safer drinking environment by excluding individuals who commit anti-social behaviour or violent crime against staff or customers.

Pubwatch utilises a dedicated radio link system similar to the Shopwatch scheme to 60 members. Initiatives have included conflict management training, and the installation and training of defibrillators in a variety of Pubwatch member premises.

CLEANER & MORE INVITING

Bank Hey Street in Blackpool town centre

The Blackpool Town Centre BID Board extended the role of the seasonal cleaners to an all year round service. They provide afternoon and evening coverage throughout the winter months.

The full time town centre cleaner helps businesses deal with the detritus and rubbish that accumulates around their properties. Positive feedback from businesses and the public alike proves that this cleaning service is invaluable.

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