Purple brilliance to celebrate night-time economy

By on 19/09/2012 in Cllr Ali, News

Birmingham's Council House will be illuminated in purple splendour as the city prepares to mark national Purple Flag Week (September 22-30), a scheme celebrating standards of excellence in the evening and night-time economy.

On the evening of Saturday (September 22) Birmingham's Council House will bask in a glorious purple haze for one week to mark the occasion.

Business Improvement District (BIDs) will be drenched in purple brilliance incorporating the purple flag logo on street decorations.

The week will also consist of a number of events showcasing the quality, diversity and vibrancy of the city's evening and night-time economy.

Planned entertainment and activities with a purple twist organised by Birmingham City Centre Partnership and the city centre Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) include:

•    Southside Stories Film Premier at the Electric Cinema
•    Arts Market in the Cathedral Grounds
•    Style Birmingham Fashion event
•    Chinese Autumn Festival.

Cllr Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, jobs and skills, said: “The events taking place throughout the week will highlight the contribution the night-time economy makes to the city as a whole and to local communities. It will also promote the safety and quality of our city centre during the evening.”

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.


Notes to Editors

Purple Flag is:
•    A comprehensive set of standards, management processes and good practice examples designed to help transform town and city centres at night.
•    A research, training and development programme, to help towns and cities improve their evening and night-time economy.
•    A positive initiative that indicates an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out.

Current Towns with Purple Flag Status:
•    Aberystwyth
•    Aylesbury
•    Bangor
•    Bath
•    Belfast
•    Birmingham
•    Bournemouth
•    Bristol
•    Canterbury
•    Clerkenwell, Islington, London
•    Covent Garden, Westminster
•    Derry – Londonderry
•    Enniskillen
•    Halifax
•    High Wycombe
•    Ipswich
•    Kingston upon Thames
•    Leicester square, Westminster
•    Lincoln
•    Liverpool
•    Manchester
•    Nottingham
•    Oxford
•    Preston
•    Sheffield
•    Southend
•    Stockton heath – Warrington
•    Torquay
•    Victoria - Westminster
•    Watford
•    Winchester

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Birmingham City Centre Partnership (BCCP) is a public/private sector partnership with the aim to 'Make Birmingham city centre the first choice for the shopping, leisure and cultural needs of residents, visitors, for those who do business in the city centre and for the people who work here.'

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a precisely defined geographical area within which the businesses have voted to invest collectively in additional local projects and services to enhance their trading performance and environment.

There are five BIDs in Birmingham City Centre: Broad Street, Colmore Business District, Jewellery Quarter, Retail Birmingham and Southside.  A further five BIDs are operational in Birmingham's local centres.

For media enquires please contact:

Carmel Girling
0121 303 2923
Birmingham City Council

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