Liverpool will be taking part in the official annual celebration of the Purple Flag programme, which recognises excellence in the management of the evening and night-time economy (ENTE) during the whole month of October 2018.
The ‘after dark’ economy is worth an estimated £72bn annually to the UK, supporting thousands of businesses, employing 4.5% of the UK workforce, and significantly contributing to local economies.
Towns and cities across the country are planning a wide-range of events to not only showcase the quality, diversity and vibrancy of their ENTE, but also to challenge the common negative, perceptions about the safety and quality of our town and city centres during the evening.
Liverpool City Council will be proudly raising the Purple Flag on the roof of Liverpool Town Hall, Friday 26. Additionally the Town Hall will lit up purple on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October to celebrate Purple Flag month.
Cllr Liz Parsons Cabinet member for Communities and Partnerships said: “Liverpool gained Purple Flag Status in 2010 and have retained it ever since. It shows that Liverpool City Centre has a vibrant and eclectic mix of entertainment, is extremely well managed and safe.
We are very proud to be flying the purple flag at the Town Hall to let people know that we are celebrating our fantastic evening and night-time economy.”
The Purple Flag programme is run by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM). Ojay McDonald, CEO of the ATCM said; “There now are over 70 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, 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.”