The annual celebration of the Purple Flag programme, which recognises excellence in the management of the evening and night-time economy (ENTE) in the UK and Ireland, will be taking place on the weekend of the 7-9 October 2016.
Towns and cities across the country are planning a wide-range of events to not only showcase the quality, diversity and vibrancy of their ENTEs, but also to challenge the common negative, stereotypical perceptions about the safety and quality of our town and city centres during the evening period.
In Liverpool, the Purple Flag will be flying over the Town Hall and in Chavasse Park. The Town Hall will also be illuminated in purple light throughout the weekend. Citysafe the community safety partnership have also funded digital advertising on taxis about the Purple Flag.
Councillor Emily Spurrell, Mayoral Lead for Community Safety, said: “We gained Purple Flag Status. In 2010 and have retained it since then. It shows that Liverpool city centre is vibrant mix of entertainment, is well managed – and safe. We are proud to be flying the purple flag to let people know that we are celebrating our great evening and night-time economy.”
The ‘after dark’ economy is worth over £66bn annually to the UK, supporting thousands of businesses, employing 4.5% of the UK workforce , and significantly contributing to local economies. This series of purple events intends to capture people’s imaginations, change perceptions and encourage people to do something different with their evening in a variety of locations.
The Purple Flag programme is run by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM). Shanaaz Carroll, CEO of the ATCM said:
“There are over 65 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland who are proudly flying the Purple Flag after working hard to gain accreditation.
The award is not just about safety, but also the vibrancy and diversity of the evening and night-time offer â this can only be achieved by people working together and across the country we are seeing some amazing examples of this type of partnership working.
It is great to see so many towns and cities really celebrating their Purple Flag achievement and putting so much effort into the weekend.”
For more information about Purple Flag programme please contact Sarah Walker, Purple Flag Programme Manager using: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured (left to right): The Lord Mayor, Cllr Roz Gladden, Cllr Emily Spurrell, Mayoral lead for community safety, Cllr Roy Gladden and Kenny Brew, streetscene manager.