Business spirit is booming on coast

Danielle Chappell who started her own business in 2012

Danielle Chappell who started her own business in 2012

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BLACKPOOL is a boom town for new businesses according to a new report.

The resort has broken its record for start-ups with an astonishing 1,734 new businesses registering last year.

The figures from company formation agents Duport show more people started their own business in 2012 than in any other year in the history of the town.

In 2011, 1,589 new companies formed in the town while there were 1,008 in 2010 and 748 in 2009 at the height of the credit crunch.

Blackpool’s figures stack up well against other towns and cities. Nottingham had 1,420 start-ups, Preston 1,714, Blackburn 915, Huddersfield 504, and Warrington 2,356 last year.

Fleetwood registered 94 new businesses, 277 in Lytham, 143 in Poulton and 170 across Thornton and Cleveleys.

Managing Director of Duport, Peter Valaitis said the data showed Blackpool, noted nationally for its tourism industry, was a town on the up.

He said: “The record number of company formations in Blackpool during 2012 shows entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the area.

“Although these are undoubtedly tough economic times, there are plenty of opportunities out there for business start-ups.

“Blackpool’s new businesses will benefit from the tourist trade and they will, in turn, strengthen the tourist offering.”

Blackpool Council has targeted start-ups as a strategy for tackling unemployment in the area and supports people wanting to form their own business be it as a plumber, hair dresser or relating to hi-tech media.

Coun Gary Coleman, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and urban development, said: “This is really positive news and shows that despite difficult economic situations there are new businesses and jobs being created for people in the town.

“We are working very closely with local businesses to help them grow and to help new companies form, which as a result will put more local people into employment.

“Our Get Started service is a great example of the one-to-one support we offer on business plans, marketing and applying for start up loans.

“In the last 12 months they have helped more than 60 new businesses alone.

“These figures are good, but we will not rest on our laurels and will continue to support businesses even further to help with the revival of Blackpool’s jobs market.”

One firm that started in 2012 is jewellery designer Danielle Chappell’s Yappers-Chappers business.

She was exhibiting at the Winter Gardens this weekend and has a new display at the Grundy Art Gallery after her first one there sold out.

Danielle, from South Shore, said: “I have had some wonderful help from FY Creatives and Geoff Reeves from Get Started, they helped with researching my business and marketing and gave me confidence to sell my designs.

“I have now set up a website yappers-chappers.co.uk and hope to have an online shop by summer.

“If someone has a dream to start their own business and they really want it, then get the ball rolling.”

Another which is building steadily is Ratemyroad.com which is a website that allows people to review their neighbourhood to help with house sales.

Louise Logan, from Marton, who set up the firm with David McDonald, said: “We set up in 2012 and our website traffic is increasing.

“We are getting many more advertisers on board and we are now looking to introduce a forum on our website.”

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