Leeds retains prestigious Purple Flag status

A prestigious award recognising a city’s excellence in managing its evening and night time economy has been awarded to Leeds for a fantastic third year in a row.

In granting Leeds a Purple Flag, the award which is accredited by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM), recognises and celebrates the work which has been undertaken in the city to ensure that visitors can have a fun and enjoyable evening night out (between the hours of 5pm-5am).


The criteria which is assessed includes; general management; vibrancy; diversity; safety; cleanliness; general and high level of commitment to providing people with a positive visitor experience.


A key element in Leeds retaining its Purple Flag status has once again been the positive and joined up approach displayed by a wide range of partners including Leeds City Council, LeedsBID, Business Against Crime in Leeds (BACIL) and West Yorkshire Police who are involved in the day-to-day management of the city’s evening economy.


Initiatives include the introduction by Leeds City Council of a dedicated Street Support Team, the continued good work of Leeds Evening Ambassadors providing help and advice to visitors and close partnership support with groups such as Leeds Street Angels and the Angels of Freedom that work closely with the LGBT+ community.


Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive of LeedsBID, said: 

“This is indeed great news for Leeds, our city centre levy payers and all partners who have worked hard to once again ensure we have retained this important accolade.”

“This award is credit to the partner organisations involved who collaborate to ensure Leeds continues to provide an enjoyable experience for all, from the strength and variety of its offer to maintaining a well-managed experience.”


Partners working in the night time economy and part of the Purple Flag partnership include; City Centre Management, Leeds City Council, LeedsBID, Safer Leeds, Leeds City Council, Licensing Team, LeedsWatch, Leeds City Council, Taxi & Private Hire Team, Leeds City Council, Highways Team, Leeds City Council, Visit Leeds, Safer Leeds, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, British Transport Police, BACIL, Leeds Public Health, Leeds Street Angels, Leeds Freedom Angels (LGBTQ)