Success Stories

Celebrating the growth of small businesses

Posted in Start | Grow

Blackpool Council is reminding residents of the quality business support available to local entrepreneurs and mogul minds this Small Business Saturday.

Local entrepreneur and Digitav business owner, Ian Mallam, has seen his ideas flourish into a successful business thanks to the council’s Get Started service.

Ian is looking forward to the future in his new prime-area premises on Caunce Street, Blackpool, having outgrown his unit at FYCreatives on Church St.

Digitav specialises in building e-commerce websites, content management websites and online databases, in addition to providing internet marketing plans for numerous clients.

Cllr Mark Smith, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for Business and Economic Development, said: “Blackpool has long had a reputation for creating entrepreneurs – people with bright ideas who are prepared to turn them into viable businesses.

“Ian’s story is proof that local businesses that access the council’s professional support programme and quality office space can thrive, and we hope many more follow suit.

“Through initiatives such as Get Started we’ve ensured there is expert help available to turn good ideas into sound businesses.

“Get Started can provide expert advice on business planning and arranging your finances, simply give us a call on 477147 or visit

Business owner, Ian Mallam, said: “Initially FYC, as an incubator hub with first class offices and managed reception, was the ideal location to be based at, as it enabled me to work collaboratively with other creative tenants.

“However, as the business began to take off I knew that if I was to boost my own profile and expand I would need bigger premises to take on full time staff.”

Ian now employs four people at Digitav, who also work on his latest projects Whisky-Online, a retail and whisky auction website, and Room Booker Online, a secure online software that enables hotels to promote themselves to potential clients.

Thanks to Blackpool Council’s Get Started service and Boost Business Lancashire’s Growth Mentoring Programme, Ian had the encouragement and confidence to grow through impartial advice, guidance and support.

Ian’s success story is just one of 1,000 businesses that have been started up thanks to help from Get Started, which celebrates eight years of supporting new companies.

Equipped with everything a business needs to survive and thrive, office space at the Enterprise Centre, known as EC2, in South Shore is amongst the best Blackpool has to offer fresh firms looking to expand their horizons.

Business start-ups, SMEs, self-employed and home-workers can benefit from our EC2 package - big company office facilities – tailored for small business and you only pay for what you need, when you need it.