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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.

Blackpool Town Centre BID

Blackpool BID works to improve the visitor experience and to promote Blackpool Town Centre as a safe, clean place to do business, work, visit, shop and dine.


The resort’s Business Improvement District, or Blackpool BID, is just that – a partnership between more than 400 of Blackpool’s Town Centre businesses and organisations working together.

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.

Qualifying businesses pay a levy amounting to 1% of their rateable value to pay for BID activities. This include 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 extension to the railway station is nearing completion. The town centre has a new conference centre, a new IMAX cinema is on the way, 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 has allowed the new transport interchange to be built. The terminus and Holiday Inn are both scheduled to open in 2023.

Lots of improvements are taking place. New pavements were installed around Dickson Road and Topping Street as part of the Quality Corridors programme. Odd as it sounds, they’ve made a big difference to the street scene.

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

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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!

Find what 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.

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.

Blackpool BID 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

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 and TK Maxx. Plus 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.

Just across the road from Birley Street is Abingdon Street Market. It’s reopening soon after redevelopment as a market and food hall.

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!

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


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. See the diving sculpture and watch how the light catches it at different times of the day and year.

Sit a while in the sunshine with a coffee and a cake at one of the many cafes around Cedar Square.

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!

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
  • part time and full time cleaners
  • a small management team


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, 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 led to a number of Criminal Behaviour Orders being issued, with more cases on the court schedule.


The BID has its own town centre wardens which 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.

Blackpool CCTV is invaluable, and 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.


Bank Hey Street in Blackpool town centre

The Blackpool Town Centre BID provides an all year round street-cleaning service, with 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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