Pannone Corporate advises Viva Blackpool on Golden Mile development
Gareth Birch

The real estate team at Pannone Corporate has advised Viva Blackpool in its bid to transform the former Harry Ramsden’s site into the Viva Vegas Diner on Blackpool’s Golden Mile.
The new venue will see the multi-award winning business expand its offer and creating 25 new jobs.
Development work on the Viva Vegas Diner is already underway with a total investment of £1.2m being poured into the new venue, staff development and the existing business.
Martin Heywood, Managing Director of Viva Blackpool, said: “We’re delighted to be expanding with this new venue and investment which is going to create new high quality jobs for local people.
“We’re all about championing Blackpool and providing an exceptional visitor experience to our customers so to have the chance make our mark on Blackpool’s iconic Golden Mile is fantastic.”
Viva Blackpool was opened in 2012 by Blackpool based entrepreneurs Martin Heywood and Leye D John’s, the venue’s host, Entertainment Director and Lancashire Tourism Superstar 2016, and has since gone from strength to strength employing over 65 local people and hosting shows 365 days of the year.
The new venue has been made possible with support from NatWest Corporate & Commercial and Manchester based Pannone Corporate Solicitors.
Gareth Birch, senior associate at Pannone Corporate said: “I have been working with Martin and Leye since they came up with the concept for Viva Blackpool, and I have been delighted to watch them establish what is now a major attraction in Blackpool.
“I am looking forward to seeing them create another high quality venue which will no doubt benefit both the tourism industry and the local community across Blackpool and the wider Fylde Coast area.”
The Viva Vegas Diner will open this May and more information will be revealed over the coming weeks. For more information or to register for updates visit

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