Evening & night time economy

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The BID supports initiatives to improve the operation of the evening and night time economy. These initiatives are developed in association with those operating businesses at these times, with the Police, City Council and District Watch, with the college and universities and their student representatives and with the resident community.

Click here to see a video about Canterbury’s evening and night time economy.

Purple Flag

Purple Flag is an accreditation process similar to Green Flag Award for parks and Blue Flag for beaches. It leads to Purple Flag status for town centres that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in managing the evening and night-time economy. The Purple flag accreditation scheme is run by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM). Click here to see the Purple Flag Locations Map (March 2015). Canterbury Connected BID has taken over the management of the Purple Flag accreditation for the City centre.

Canterbury has been accredited with the Purple Flag award for a great night out since 2011 and after our last assessment, the judges said: “The panel would like to congratulate you in particular as it really shows through on the submission and assessment at just how good a place Canterbury is with their NTE.” 

How is Purple Flag judged?
Purple Flag covers five broad themes that are key to developing and managing successful centres at night. It captures the rounded experience that people want from their town/city centres at night.

  • Wellbeing – How safety issues are addressed, regulations that are in place and the perceptions of local people.
  • Movement – How transport works, parking, pedestrian routes. how crowds are managed and information available.
  • Policy – How local data is collected and used, coordination between local partners and the inclusion of the local community.
  • Appeal – The choice of different activities on offer including a wide range of bars, restaurants, shops and public buildings.
  • Place – The layout of the city centre looking at its design, identity and diversity of local activities.

The benefits of Purple Flag:

  • a raised profile and improved public image;
  • increased visitors;
  • increased expenditure;
  • lower crime and anti-social behaviour;
  • a more successful mixed-use economy.
  • The Purple Flag mark is not only a sign of quality; it’s also a useful marketing tool that promotes confidence in the Canterbury city centre brand.

While the Purple Flag is not a well-known consumer facing brand, it is increasingly important for a whole range of organisations and especially for families when they make a decision about where to choose for higher education.

Evening & Night Time Economy Conference

Working Together to Deliver a Great Evening and Night Time Experience in the City

We have received very good endorsements for Canterbury’s evening and night time economy, but we don’t want to sit on our laurels: it doesn’t have to be bad to be better. In order to build even better relationships between the businesses that operate in the evening and night time, and with the agencies that regulate and manage it, we hold an annual Evening and Night Time Economy Conference.

The first one took place on 13th April 2016 at the Cathedral Lodge Conference Centre, and the second one took place on 1st March 2017.

Here are the presentations from the 2016 conference: ENTE 2016 master presentation.
Here are the presentations from the 2017 conference: ENTE 2017 presentations.

The second Evening and Night Time Economy Conference took place on 1st March from 10am to 4pm at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge. The evening and night time economy refers to business that operate between 5pm and 5am and involves a wide range of businesses and a diverse group of customers. Whether you’re a restaurant, cafe, pub, club, bar, cinema, theatre, hotel or B&B, this conference is for you. Click here to find out more about the 2017 Evening and Night Time Economy Conference.

Security

For more information about counter-terrorism training, you can contact Laraine Grant, Counter Terrorism Security Adviser South East Counter Terrorism Unit on 01303 297340 or laraine.grant@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NACTSO) website has a wealth of information for crowded places sites: gov.uk/government/organisations/national-counter-terrorism.

street pastors Street Pastors

Canterbury Street Pastors are based on a national scheme that launched in 2003 and continues to grow in the UK and across the world. Street Pastors are trained volunteers from local churches who care about their community and offer support, a friendly presence and practical help to people they encounter in the night time from 10pm – 4am on Fridays and Saturdays in the city centre: bottles of water, space blankets and flip flops are regularly handed out to those who need them and the Pastors also collect bottles and glasses they find discarded as they patrol the city’s streets.

Canterbury Connected Business Improvement District supports the Street Pastors with an annual donation of £500, around 10% of their annual running costs. The evening and night time economy is really important for the city, in terms of jobs and the city’s wider appeal. Having support for people during that time to make sure that everyone has a great night and gets home safely is all part of that. When you see how the Street Pastors are welcomed wherever they go in the city, whatever the circumstances, you realise what a great job they do and how lucky we are to have them!”

To find out more and read some of the testimonials the pastors receive please click here.

June 2016 Report

04/06 11/06 18/06 24/06 25/06 Total 2015*
Hours x SP’s 7.5 20 10.5 14 20 72 92 (4 nts)
Hours x Prayer Team 2.5 20 7 11.5 10 51 51.5
Flip-flops distributed 5 22 3 4 34 47
Water distributed 9 14 10 8 6 47 44
Glass picked up 35 39 5 13 29 121 134
Tin cans picked up 35 31 40 15 25 146 132
Space blankets distributed 6 1 7 9
Instances of urinating 3 6 9 4
Homeless 12 10 8 12 9 51 38
Prayer 1 1 1 3
Encounters 15 29 25 6 18 93 93
Faith Chats 1 4 5 4

*Final column is a record of the same month in 2015.