The quality of the night-time economy has led to the re-establishment of a business accreditation.

Watford renewed its Purple Flag status after successfully demonstrating that it has a safe and well-managed night scene with clubs, bars, pubs, entertainment and restaurants.

Launched in 2012, the Purple Flag standard is an accreditation process similar to the Green Flag award for parks - Watford is the only town in Hertfordshire to have a purple flag which it has to renew every two years.

Maria Manion, chief executive of Watford Business Improvement District said: “We are delighted that Watford has maintained its Purple Flag status.

“This is credit to the partnerships in place across the town and the commitment of agencies and businesses in creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming town for everyone.”

The Purple Flag programme is run by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM).

Ojay McDonald, chief executive of the ATCM said: "There now are over 70 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland who are proudly flying the Purple Flag after working hard to gain accreditation.

“The award is not just about safety, but also the vibrancy and diversity of the evening and night-time offer — this can only be achieved by people working together.

“Across the country we are seeing some amazing examples of this type of partnership working.”