Nottingham is celebrating securing Purple Flag accreditation for a seventh consecutive year.
The Nottingham Business Improvement’s (BID’s) approach to the management of the evening and night-time economy, which is what Purple Flag accreditation acknowledges, is also being heralded as a shining example of best practice on a national level by the Association of Town & City Management (ATCM), the organisation that manages the Purple Flag programme. As an example of this the ATCM brings visitors to the city to learn more about what happens in Nottingham.
Having Purple Flag status indicates that Nottingham is a safe and vibrant place for a night out, with accreditation being based on a number of core themes, including the overall wellbeing of the place, accessibility and public transport, crowd management and access to information, its appeal with regards to having a good mix of dining venues, pubs and bars and late night venues, and attractive public spaces and good signage.
Assessors commended all the work that has gone into making Nottingham safe and welcoming, acknowledging that the Nottingham BID is the main driving force behind the city securing Purple Flag accreditation, working in partnership with other organisations in the city. These include Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire Police, Community Protection, the Crime and Drugs Partnership, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University.
Particular successes this year are Nottingham’s achievements in relation to Best Bar None. This is a national scheme that provides accreditation to licensed premises that are well managed and operated. Nottingham has one of the largest schemes in the UK with a 47% take up, due largely to all the efforts that the Nottingham BID makes to engage with licensed premises in the city centre and support them through the accreditation process.
Andy Crawford, director of the Nottingham BID, said: “We are really pleased that Nottingham has secured Purple Flag status for a seventh consecutive year.
“It is a clear sign to residents, visitors to the city and our student population, that Nottingham is a great and safe place for a night out. It is a clear acknowledgement too that all the efforts that organisations like the BID and its partner organisations put into making Nottingham an attractive place in the evening are effective”.
Cllr Nick McDonald, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Business, Growth and Transport, said: “We are delighted that Nottingham has retained its Purple Flag status. To receive this for the seventh year running is great recognition of the excellent partnership work between the City Council, the BID, the Police, Community Protection and CDP. Nottingham has a thriving and fantastic night-time offer and this status recognises that we have a safe and welcoming city centre for people of all ages”.
Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said: “This is independent recognition that Nottingham remains a safe place to visit, especially during the vibrant and hugely popular night-time economy periods. Together with local businesses and partners we have been working hard to ensure that the city retains its Purple Flag status but I would also like to thank the licensed premises within the city for working with us so positively so that people can enjoy a safe and enjoyable night out”.
Chief Inspector Mark Stanley said: “We have been working hard to ensure that the city is clean, safe and enjoyable for residents, students and visitors. It is through our dedicated partnership working that the city retains its Purple Flag status”.