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Wyre's 2022/23 budget - key facts and figures

Budget - economy

Backing business in Wyre  

We are working hard to help businesses get back on their feet following the pandemic. Since 2020 we have paid £52 million to businesses in grants. Through our Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme we have helped businesses to open in vacant town centre premises and at Fleetwood Market, giving our high streets a boost.  

We have launched a new scheme with partner Maybe Tech to provide free social media training and support to help business encourage customers back to the high street. The platform also includes access to the Local Rewards scheme to give residents an incentive to shop locally. Businesses can sign up to this support for free for 12 months using the code WYREC95 at www.maybetech.com 

We recognise that a successful business begins with a healthy workforce. Together with Active Lancashire and our partners in the Business Health Matters programme, we are offering a range of free courses to Wyre’s small and medium sized businesses to help them improve the physical and mental health of their employees.  

Funded by the European Social Fund, we are delivering accredited qualifications for employees and business owners to become Workplace Health Champions through a choice of one and three day courses. We will be hosting open courses for people from across the borough to join or we can come into a workplace to deliver the training. Through the Business Health Matters programme, employees can also access courses to improve their basic skills in Maths, English or ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages).  

Looking to the future, we are working towards re-launching our Wyred Up business support network as a way for businesses to access information, funding, best practice ideas and networking opportunities. If you would like to join Wyred Up, register your interest by emailing regeneration@wyre.gov.uk We are also pleased to be once again hosting the Wyre Business Awards later this year.  

Focussing on our town centres 

We have set up town centre partnership boards across Wyre to boost regeneration, gain a better understanding of the current situation in each area and highlight opportunities for improvement. Each board is made up of local key stakeholders, businesses, community champions and representatives from the education sector and together we are working to form future plans for our town centres. You can read more about this work  on our partnership boards web pages.

In partnership with Historic England, we have been working to support Fleetwood’s heritage quarter to improve buildings through the High Street Heritage Action Zone. The council has already offered over £200,000 of grants to key heritage buildings in the area, with more grants available until March 2024.  

Work has begun on buildings in Fleetwood including Fleetwood Museum, The Steamer and St Mary’s Presbytery Church. There are many more projects in the pipeline, including building improvements to Fleetwood Market, with work due on a number of other schemes in the next few months. 

The projects are intended to support Fleetwood’s existing heritage and enhance the historic high street and the vibrancy of the town. Visit our web page to find out more

Project Neptune  

The ‘Neptune Fish and Food Processing Park’ development located on Fleetwood Docks is due to be completed this spring. We have been working with partners to build a new, modern facility to support the fish processing businesses located at the docks. 

Project Neptune will safeguard jobs in the fish processing industry as well as create up to 100 new ones. It is also hoped that future investment in the wider dock site will be unlocked and the success of Project Neptune will lead to further investment. 

This ambitious project has been part funded by £4 million from the government’s ‘Getting Building Fund’, as well as capital investment from Wyre Council to purchase the facility and financial support from Lancashire County Council’s Lancashire Economic Recovery and Growth Fund.  

The Visitor Economy

A key priority for us is to welcome people back to Wyre, our town centres, hospitality, retail and attractions.  

We are working with event organisers in Wyre to enable events to take place across the borough once again, as well as hosting a number of events of our own, including for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, to help boost visitor numbers and provide entertainment for local people.  

Our theatres have now reopened with shows and events planned for the rest of the year and beyond.  

We have made improvements to Fleetwood market including a new outdoor street food courtyard, an art gallery space as an extension of the Market House Studios and new signage as well as a range of new free family events.