Photo (c) Olivia Beatty
Photo (c) Olivia Beatty

Liverpool has secured its prestigious Purple Flag status for the 14th successive year.

The award recognises the city’s commitment to creating a vibrant and secure night-time economy, from bars and restaurants to theatres and public transport.

The Purple Flag signifies the gold standard of management of evening and night-time economies, helping to broaden the appeal of the city centre between the hours 5pm-5am.

Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “Millions of people every year enjoy a safe night out in our pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants, so it is fantastic to see this being recognised on a national level by a team of independent assessors.”

In 2021, Safe Spaces were established across the city and in 2023, the You’re Safe Here initiative with LCR Pride was launched which helped train more than 1,000 staff working at 250 organisations to recognise and react to situations where people are feeling vulnerable and uncomfortable.

This status does not come by accident

Liverpool’s submission which won the honour included hosting the Eurovision Song Contest and increased support for the Street Pastors Service.

Bill Addy, chief executive of Liverpool BID Company, said: “I am delighted to see the hard work of every partner in the city centre pay off with the continuation of this status.

“There are many different stakeholders that are committed to the safety of our night-time economy, and it is as important for businesses and venues to be as safe as possible as it is for those who travel the length of the country to come for a night out in Liverpool.

“This status does not come by accident, it is the result of this continued commitment and dedication as we work together as a city to focus on how we can always maintain a safe and welcoming night-time economy for everyone.”

Liverpool joins 100 other destinations across the UK and Ireland, Sweden, New Zealand, and Australia with its accreditation of the Purple Flag.

Featured image (c) Evan Barton

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