Downtown Worcester wins Purple Flag award for ‘vibrant’ nightlife economy

Worcester has been recognized for its “vibrant” night-time economy.

Downtown has been awarded Purple Flag accreditation, making it a destination for dining, entertainment, and culture between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The award also recognizes cities for promoting the safety and well-being of visitors and residents.

Worcester BID has led the accreditation process for the past seven months, alongside agencies such as Worcester City Council and West Mercia Police.

Sam McCarthy, Managing Director of Worcester BID, said: “Worcester achieving Purple Flag status reassures and builds consumer confidence that our city is a safe and vibrant place.

The Purple Flag award shows visitors Worcester is ‘safe and vibrant’. Credit: Worcester IDB

“Purple Flag assesses all areas of the nighttime economy, looking at security measures and how partners work together using city resources such as CCTV and the CityNet radio system.

“They are also looking at improvements to the city, ensuring a sense of greater security.

“For example, the New Street and Friar Street festoon lighting recently added by Worcester BID creates a vibrant atmosphere but also adds additional lighting to the area making it safer.”

To support purple flag status, Worcester BID issues Best Bar None accreditation, a head office program that ensures licensed venues meet license terms.

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The BID has also installed five automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in late-licensed locations around the city — and wants to provide more in outdoor public spaces.

Councilor Marc Bayliss, co-leader of Worcester City Council, said: “Worcester has a growing reputation as an ideal destination for shopping, sightseeing, leisure and much more.

“Purple flag status confirms that our town is a great place for a relaxing, enjoyable and safe evening and provides an excellent base to further boost Worcester’s popularity.”

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Dean Hill, Director of Tramps, Velvet and Mode, said: “Achieving the Purple Flag, along with Best Bar None accreditations, supports the positive steps we as licensees and Worcester BID are taking to elevate Worcester’s profile and make visitors feel safe. and have a good time. »

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said there had been a 47% reduction in the number of incidents of anti-social behavior from April to August compared to the same period in 2021.

“I want to see the number of incidents continue to drop,” he added.

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