The city of Leeds is remaining a proud shade of purple after retaining official status for providing a great evening out for all – for a fantastic fourth year in a row.
The city has again been awarded Purple Flag status, recognising excellence in managing its evening and night-time economy.
A national benchmark for good night-time destinations, the accreditation by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) celebrates the city’s evening and night-time offer as vibrant, diverse, clean, safe, well managed and providing a positive experience for visitors.
Vital to the city is the strength of the broad working partnerships which operate and play an essential role in the day to day management of its evening economy. Partners include LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District), Leeds City Council, BACIL (Businesses Against Crime in Leeds), West Yorkshire Police, Safer Leeds, Leeds Pubwatch, British Transport Police, Public Health England, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Visit Leeds; all contributing to the joined-up approach and clear vision of delivering an enjoyable evening and night-time experience in Leeds city centre.
Assessors highlighted the range and breadth of festivals and events happening in the city as well as noting the extensive improvements and enhancements underway at Leeds Station which will transform the experience of those arriving by train.
LeedsBID Chief Executive Andrew Cooper said: “Securing Purple Flag status for a fourth consecutive year is a great achievement and a credit to all those partners who collaborate for the good of the city and ensure Leeds continues to provide an enjoyable evening experience for all.”
Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Learning, Skills and Employment, said: “It is absolutely fantastic news that for the fourth successive year, Leeds has been awarded prestigious Purple Flag status.
“This reflects the tremendous work which is being undertaken day-in, day out by a range of partners to make the Leeds night-time economy attractive, welcoming, diverse and safe for visitors of all ages.”
Notes to editor:
Purple Flag is one of the programmes run by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM), a not for profit, mutual organisation, which focusses on the creation, development, and management of vibrant and viable town and city centres.
Purple Flag is a positive initiative that indicates an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out and there are 70 Purple Flag towns and cities throughout the UK and Ireland.
The evening and night-time economy covers arts, cultural, entertainment and leisure provision – pubs, clubs, music venues, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, evening retail and public events.
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