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Purple Flag

2020 has been a very different year for the UK’s night-time economy and things have changed in a way we could never have predicted. So, amidst all the uncertainty we are very proud to announce that Derby has retained its status as a Purple Flag city for the seventh year in a row.

Purple Flag is an independent national award run by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) in partnership with industry, licensees, retailers, police and consumers..

What makes Derby a Purple Flag city?

If you’ve ever been on a night out in Derby, you may have noticed the teams of volunteers and workers who give up their weekends to help keep you safe. Street Pastors, taxi marshals, Licensing Officers, Derbyshire police, door staff, ambulance crews and CCTV operators all work together in partnership to make Derby a Purple Flag city.

The Purple Flag accreditation is an award given to Derby that recognises the hard work that goes on both on the street and behind closed doors to make your night out safer. Every year, the Council (who lead the initiative) work in partnership with other organisations to show a panel of assessors the steps that have been taken to reduce crime and disorder in the city centre.

Our international Purple Flag accreditation provides the banner to which all the partners rally making Derby as safe, welcoming and diverse city as possible.  The Purple Flag assessors who visited the city earlier this year act as our critical friends providing totally independent assessments to the quality and professionalism of the services we work together to provide.

Derby is one of around 65 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland to have been recognised for outstanding services on offer, contributing to a diverse and vibrant night-time economy.

Amongst the aspects praised by assessors was strong joint working between the Council and partners including the taxi marshal service, Pubwatch, Street Pastors and Derbyshire Constabulary, as well as the help and support of Cathedral Quarter and St. Peter’s Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs).

Find out more about Purple Flag.