Birmingham in a Purple Patch!

By on 20/09/2013 in Cllr Ali, News

Look out for a Purple takeover of Birmingham next week to celebrate renewal of the city’s prestigious Purple Flag status, with the city having achieved its highest rating since the award was first given.

National Purple Flag Week 2013 runs from 21st – 29th September, highlighting the award scheme that recognises well managed town and city centres for the quality of their night time economies. Birmingham was one of the first areas to be awarded the Purple Flag in January 2010.

Each year assessors look at the way that the local authority, the police, the fire and ambulance services, street wardens,  street pastors, taxi marshals and others work together to achieve a safe night time environment for residents and visitors. The standards recorded for 2013 were the best achieved since the city was first accredited with Purple Flag Status.

The Birmingham City Centre Partnership and the city centres’ five Business Improvement Districts also play a crucial role in the communication and engagement of businesses in the scheme.

A key part of the city’s success in the assessment is the diverse range of entertainment available in the city centre, from pubs, clubs and restaurants, to cultural offerings such as Symphony Hall, and theatres, as well as the superb range of late night shopping.

Cllr Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member: Development, Jobs and Skills said: “Birmingham has been a real trailblazer in developing its night-time economy, providing a model of safe and attractive centres offering superb entertainment, bringing in visitors and boosting the economy for communities across the city. It’s good to see the city being recognised for increasing the quality of the experience enjoyed by residents and visitors.”

The city lights up in purple next week, with illuminated attractions including the new Library of Birmingham and Victoria Square Fountain. There will also be purple flags, a purple safety campaign,  purple balloons in Broad Street and much more.

Events planned include:

  • Chinese Autumn Festival – Sunday 22nd September
  • Moseley Craft Market – Thursday 26th September
  • Style Birmingham Live – Saturday 28th September

For more information follow twitter @PurpleFlag2013,  hashtag #purpleflagbham  #PurpleFlagWeek or contact Steve McCarthy in the Press Office on 303 3367.

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Notes to editors:

  • The Purple Flag programme was developed following the Civic Trust Night Vision report in 2006, and is run by the Association of Town Centre Management, London.
  • The accreditation of the Purple Flag Week process is similar to Green Flag Award for parks and Blue Flag for beaches. It leads to Purple Flag status for town centres that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in the evening and night-time economy.
  • In Birmingham the scheme is coordinated by the Birmingham City Centre Partnership.

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