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27% increase in Liverpool footfall due to the Eat Out To Help Out scheme


The discount scheme encouraging diners to bars and restaurants in August has contributed to a 27% increase in footfall to Liverpool’s city centre streets, compared with July.

Footfall data from Liverpool BID Company, which manages two main areas in the city centre covering a Retail and Leisure district and the Commercial District, shows the discount scheme helped the city to see it’s largest level of footfall since lockdown began in March 2020. 

On the final Wednesday of the scheme, 26 August, footfall figures were just a fraction under the last Wednesday before lockdown was introduced in March 2020 (180,154 on 26 August, 182,145 on Wednesday 11 March).

The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme ran from 3 – 31 August and saw donors receive a 50% discount from their bill at participating restaurants.

The data, showing footfall across Liverpool’s two BID areas, which encompass the Commercial District from the Strand, Castle Street, James Street and up to Liverpool ONE, and the Retail and Leisure area, leading from Lord Street and Victoria Street, across Church Street, St John’s Market, Williamson Square and up to Bold Street, ending at Berry Street and Renshaw Street.

The data shows:

  • The biggest impact is on Mondays, where you can see a noticeable increase in footfall throughout August, compared with Mondays in July

  • The final Wednesday of the Eat Out Scheme saw footfall almost level to what they were in March 2020 (180,154 on 26 August, 182,145 on Wednesday 11 March)

  • Retail and hospitality reopening had the biggest increase on city centre footfall in June and July

  • The good weather in July, and then later August, helps to boost the figures as people take advantage of Liverpool BID Company, Liverpool City Council and Culture Liverpool’s Liverpool Without Walls and outside dining offer

  • Liverpool’s footfall is around a third down on the same period last year, largely due to a lack of international tourism and office workers.

Bill Addy, Chief Executive of Liverpool BID Company says:

“The scheme has provided a much needed boost for both Liverpool’s hospitality sector, but also for the city itself. The hard work isn’t over, however, and as the scheme ends we’re looking at how we can continue to support our retail and hospitality businesses, significantly at ways in which we can continue to support outdoor dining later in the year.

“The sector has continued to come to us with their concerns and we will continue to lobby on their behalf, locally, regionally and nationally to ensure they get the help they need to survive this year”.

Find out more about Liverpool BID Company here.

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