Evening Economy - 237 'Vital and Viable' Factors

As part of our series on vital and viable high streets, the High Streets Task Force is presenting 'evidence on a page' summaries of over 200 factors that influence the success of high streets. Here we address evening economy; all economic activity taking place in the evening after many people finish daytime employment, such as eating and drinking, entertainment, and nightlife.

Date added 13 April 2021
Last updated 13 April 2021

Having an evening economy is important for a high street or town centre in order to drive footfall outside of traditional opening hours, making the place more flexible and adaptable to change. Having a stable evening economy can also help reduce crime and enhance safety of an area. Additionally, it can attract different demographics to use an area, for example, younger people and students could be potential users (Biddulph, 2011).

Evening economy is one of 237 factors that have been identified as influencing the vitality and viability of the high street.

For more information and further reading, download the pdf 'evidence on a page'. The page contains information about this factors place within the 237 factors identified and: whether it is a component factor of one of 25 'vital and viable' priorities; how the factor scores in terms of influence, place management control, and priority.

To read more about vital and viable high streets, see www.highstreetstaskforce.org.uk/frameworks/25-vital-and-viable-priorities/