Purple Flag

What is Purple Flag?

Nottingham is celebrating its Purple Flag status since 2010.

Purple Flag is an accreditation process that allows members of the public to quickly identify town and city centres that offer an entertaining, diverse and safe night out.

Accreditation is based on a number of core criteria:

  • the overall well-being of the place – whether it is welcoming, caring, clean and safe;
  • accessibility and movement in terms of public transport, parking, pedestrian routes, crowd management and access to information;
  • its appeal with regards to having a good mix of dining venues, pubs and bars and late night venues as well as a strong arts and cultural offering;
  • the place – the location of venues, having a strong mix of chains and independents; attractive public spaces and good signage;
  • having clear policies, aims and a strategy for delivering these.

Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) is the main driving force behind the city securing Purple Flag accreditation, working in partnership with other organisations in the city (Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire Police, Community Protection, the Crime and Drugs Partnership, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University).

There are a number of activities in Nottingham that help the city achieve Purple Flag status.

One of these is Best Bar None. This is a national scheme that provides accreditation to licensed premises that are well managed and operated.  Nottingham has one of the largest and most successful Best Bar None schemes in the country with around 85 venues in the city centre securing accreditation this year, a figure that has been rising year on year.  Nottingham BID supports licensed premises in the city centre through the accreditation process.

In conjunction with Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Nottingham BID also funds the Street Pastors who provide on-street support in the city centre on a Friday and Saturday night, helping to look after people who have become vulnerable on a night out in the city.

Nottingham BID also funds the Taxi Marshals who supervise a number of the city centre taxi ranks on Friday and Saturday nights, helping people get home safely after a night out in the city centre.