Civic reception to mark city’s purple flag status

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Aberdeen’s success in becoming the first city in Scotland to achieve prestigious Purple Flag status will be celebrated this week by businesses and individuals from across Aberdeen as Lord Provost George Adam hosts a civic reception at the Town House on Friday (February 28).

The Purple Flag is awarded to cities and town centres that excel in managing their night time experience.

Susan Bree, Chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired said: “Aberdeen is the first city in Scotland to achieve Purple Flag status and highlights what can done when we work together for the benefit of the city. It was great team effort and we look forward to replicating the efforts of Team Aberdeen across the city.”

Aberdeen’s bid to be accredited was led by Aberdeen Inspired alongside support from Aberdeen City Council, Police Scotland, Unight and other key stakeholders with the business organisation collecting the award at a ceremony in Liverpool late last year.

Union Street retailer Geoff Cooper and director of Aberdeen Inspired with responsibility for the organisation’s safe and secure theme, said: “We were delighted to pick up this award which is testimony to the hard work that Aberdeen Inspired and a number of contributing partners put in to ensuring Aberdeen’s city centre night offering is an attractive and safe proposition for visitors.

“The civic reception will see representatives from a wide range of organisations come together to mark the award and it’s a chance to say thank you to the key stakeholders who all played a vital role in what was a concentrated effort to allow a spread of initiatives and programmes to come to fruition.

“I’m sure I speak for all involved with the accreditation in saying that we look forward to continuing to work together to enhance Aberdeen’s night time economy.”

Aberdeen Inspired is the banner under which the Aberdeen BID (Business Improvement District) operates. It is a business-led initiative within the city centre in which levy payers within the BID zone contribute. Proceeds are used to fund projects designed to improve the business district.

Further information on the work of Aberdeen Inspired is available at www.aberdeeninspired.com

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