The prestigious Purple Flag accreditation has once again been awarded to Newry City for its Evening and Night-Time Economy (ENTE).
Purple Flag is an international accreditation that is awarded to town and city centres that meet or surpass the standards for excellence in managing the evening and night-time economy.
Newry has retained Purple Flag status annually since 2016 and highlights from this year’s submission include the level of support being given to businesses; the number of events happening; continued commitment to supporting the appeal and growth of the city and increased resources to boost the Newry brand.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Michael Savage said. “It’s not hard to see why Newry has once again received this prestigious award. Purple Flag areas are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture, while promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and residents.”
“We are also seeing an increase in a wide range of events happening throughout the year including arts and culture, leisure and eating out experiences. Cultural events such as the inaugural Newry Arts Festival – a celebratory mix of exhibitions, comedy, music and drama events – has just finished its ten day run, shining a light on Newry’s arts scene. Events such as these add vibrancy and contribute to the overall appeal of the city.
“With a brand new Theatre and Conference Centre planned, effective and strong partnership, and the attraction of new significant volumes of business start-up activity, Newry looks forward to a bright future.”
Newry Business Improvement District (BID) Managing Director, Eamonn Connolly said, “The hospitality sector has been badly hit with Covid and the challenges arising from our Business Rates System. Our urban centres need to be vibrant and innovative to survive and the retention of Purple Flag status is a testimony to the resilience of the Newry hospitality. The BID is delighted to co-ordinate Purple Flag on the ground in Newry and the partnership with stakeholders is key to ensuring Newry has a safe and attractive night-time and evening economy offer.”
The accreditation scheme is led by the Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM) with backing from government, police and businesses and has been attributed to a consistent increase in footfall and a decrease in crime within the ENTE of accredited towns and cities.
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