Behind the scenes – aiming for Purple Flag re-accreditation

Purple Flag is an accreditation scheme organised by the Association of Town Centre Managers that recognises excellence in the management of town and city centres between 5 pm and 6 am. Bath was one of the first cities in the UK to achieve this accreditation and to provide a managed taxi rank.

From September 2014 significant events have continued to take place including the array of annual festivals. The support to the city such as the BID’s radio communication system for licensees, Defibrillator service, student 24/7 service, Night Marshals, BID Rangers and Park & Ride are all part of the city provision to ensure a clean and safe environment for visitors. CCTV, Police and the NHS play a critical role and Street Pastors provide the care and support for those who are in the city trying to make their way home.

Collaboration is key to the success of achieving the Purple Flag award and each year an immense amount of work goes on behind the scenes at the Bath BID and the council to secure the status for city. Jenny Adams, Bath BID Ranger has been working tirelessly with businesses and support teams to put in place all the necessary documentation for the review.

After an all-night scrutiny of the city’s management and night-time initiatives by key assessors, planned for the 14th November; we will eagerly await the final decision of the Purple Flag committee in early January 2016. Good luck Jenny and the team.