Blackpool holiday company’s new coffee house and job boom

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Blackpool Resort in Read’s Avenue, near Central Drive, has employed dozens of new staff since March 2021 as well as opened a new coffee house next to its holiday apartments

 

David Edwards, Mandy Hall Blackpool Resort, Malcolm Ireland with Mark Brockbank from Blackpool Resort
David Edwards, Mandy Hall Blackpool Resort, Malcolm Ireland with Mark Brockbank from Blackpool Resort

A Blackpool holiday apartments company is toasting the staycation boom with dozens of new jobs announced and a brand new cafe.

Blackpool Resort has created 24 new jobs since March 2021 and now has plans to expand its property portfolio further due to the strong demand for family accommodation in the town.

The company recently secured a premises licence for its Blackpool Resort Coffee Lounge which is next to its Reads Court apartments just off Central Drive.

Company bosses say the cafe is a safe, quiet, and relaxing space for guests to enjoy a drink and other refreshments as well as offer bespoke alcohol packages for guests to consume in their property during their stay.

Mark Brockbank, general manager for Blackpool Resort, said: “Footfall in Blackpool is reportedly up 120 per cent this summer and demand for self-catering accommodation like ours has gone through the roof, so these are exciting times for us.

“All our properties are within walking distance of our Blackpool Resort Coffee Lounge and so being able to offer alcoholic drink options has enabled us to create a relaxed space for guests to enjoy both during the day and in the evenings, while the accommodation drinks packages allow us to offer something a little more personalised to what you would get with a typical self-catering property.”

The company offers three and four-star accommodation for families and couples across 60 self-contained apartments and eight houses.

During peak holiday months, Blackpool Resort caters for 340 guests each day.

Mark, who enjoyed a 20-year career in hotel management before his current role, said: “We had six directly employed staff in March this year and now we have 30. It’s been great to see the Blackpool tourism industry getting back on its feet and doing what it does best, which is providing great holidays and experiences.”

The company secured its premises licence with help from the leisure and licensing team at law firm Harrison Drury solicitors.

David Edwards, partner at Harrison Drury, who worked closely with Mark on the project, said: “Mark’s passion for the Blackpool tourism industry is inspiring. He wants the resort to succeed and become known not just for its many attractions but also the quality of its holiday accommodation. Having the ability to offer drinks packages to guests is a fantastic idea that can help the business stand out.”

Malcolm Ireland, head of leisure and licensing at Harrison Drury, added: “The hospitality sector is emerging from the toughest time it has have ever endured, but out of every challenge comes new opportunities.

“Blackpool Resort is fantastic example of a leisure and hospitality business that is innovating to maximise the post-lockdown boom, but also what has been a longer-term growth in domestic tourism.”