Stockport is celebrating after receiving the news that it has retained the prestigious Purple Flag accreditation for the town centre’s evening and night-time economy.

Areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture whilst also promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and local residents. Purple Flag aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between the hours of 5pm to 5am.

Key successes in Stockport’s submission included the clear drive and passion demonstrated through becoming the Greater Manchester Town of Culture for 2023, strong engagement with partners including the police, and the wide range of events on offer, providing something for everyone to enjoy.

Stockport has enjoyed national recognition recently from esteemed publications including the Guardian and The Times, all hailing Stockport as a desirable place to live, work and visit and recognising the town’s ambitious transformation. Now referred to as ‘the New Berlin’ thanks to its growing bar and restaurant scene and reputation as a magnet for independent businesses, Stockport has placed itself firmly on the map.

Councillor Colin MacAlister, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council, said: “The fact that we have, yet again, retained our Purple Flag accreditation is testament to all the hard work taking place to make sure our town centre is an attractive place for residents and visitors to visit in the evenings. Our major infrastructure plans to improve the town centre and great partnership working are instrumental in ensuring the town centre continues to be a vibrant and welcoming leisure destination.

“The new Transport Interchange which opens next month and thousands of new homes, will attract even more people to the town centre to take advantage of all it has to offer.”


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