Northampton Town Centre awarded Purple Flag for third consecutive year

Northampton Town Centre has once again been recognised for its diverse, safe and entertaining evening economy, by judges from the Association of Town and City Management.

Judges have awarded the town with the prestigious Purple Flag status for a third consecutive year, in recognition of the diverse range of bars, restaurants and evening entertainment venues on offer. It was first awarded in 2018 and officially renewed it this month.

Northampton one of over 70 town and city centres in the UK and Ireland with the award, which is comparable to the ‘Green Flag’ for parks and ‘Blue Flag’ for beaches.

Judges were impressed with the strong partnership between the Northampton town centre Business Improvement District (BID), which co- funded the Purple Flag application, along with Pubwatch and  Northampton Borough Council.

Mark Mullen, BID Operations Manager, said: “This award is based on our town centre at the start of this year. Obviously the pandemic has transformed the landscape and much of our nightlife is only just starting to reopen, with some yet to reopen.

“Despite this we want to take a moment to express pride in our renewed accreditation. We are pleased the Purple Flag judges recognised our commitment to the evening economy and to ensuring our visitors’ experience is a positive one. We look forward to establishing a new normal for our night time economy and to resuming to living up to the high standards of Purple Flag.”

Councillor Anna King, Northampton Borough Council Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “We’re delighted to receive this award once again, and it serves as a reminder of the fantastic range of independent and high street bars and restaurants on offer, which make our town so unique.

“Over 200 food and drink venues in and around the town centre are also taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme this month, and we hope that people will take advantage of this, to support these businesses.

“Our partners at Northampton Town Centre BID and the Council’s team of wardens are doing an excellent job of making sure everyone stays safe while visiting the town centre, but please remember to be patient with staff and maintain social distancing.”