Business chief: City should be proud of its night time economy

The Seven Stars is a key piece of Canterbury's night time economy

All those who work to ensure that Canterbury’s night time economy is thriving and safe have been praised at a special conference.

More than 70 people met at the University of Kent on Tuesday for the third annual Evening and Night Time Economy Conference 2018.

This included restaurants, bars, clubs, hotels, council, police, security firms, festivals, charities, universities and the Sheriff of Canterbury.

The event was organised by the Canterbury Connected Business Improvement District (BID).

Lisa Carlson, the BID chief executive, chaired the conference. She told attendees: “We are here today to support those of you who run businesses and work in the evening and night time economy.

The night time economy conference

“You ensure that Canterbury has vibrant and diverse mix of entertainment while promoting the safety and well being of visitors and residents.

“When the purple flag assessors visited Canterbury in December 2017, they said: ‘You have a wonderful city. You must be very proud of it and of all your achievements.'”

The purple flag scheme has been set up to establish national standards and raise the image of Britain’s town centres at night.

Canterbury was awarded its purple flag earlier this year.

Ms Carlson went on: “I want you to hear that statement because we often gather together in the Purple Flag or Zero Tolerance Steering Committees or the City Centre Action Group or Rough Sleeper Forum – to solve problems.

“And this is testament to the level of partnership working we have.”

The evening and night time economy encompasses any business that runs between 5pm and 5am.

After the conference, all evening businesses were offered the opportunity to attend a free zero tolerance training  scheme that aims to tackle sexual harassment in the night time economy across Kent.


  1. I find this quite interesting as I don’t know one single woman who works in a pub/club during in the night time that hasn’t been sexually harassed in Canterbury.

    I appreciate what BID does but perhaps they should sit and watch in the Seven Stars where the harassment of bar staff is rife.

    More needs to be done.


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