According to data from the Liverpool BID Company, which manages the Retail/Leisure and Commercial Districts in the city centre, the discount scheme helped Liverpool see its largest footfall levels since March 2020.
The scheme ran from 3 to 31 August, between Monday and Wednesday, and saw diners receive a 50% discount from their bill at participating venues.
On the final Wednesday of the scheme, footfall figures were just a fraction under the last Wednesday before lockdown was introduced, with the numbers being 180,154 on 26 August and 182,145 on 11 March.
However, the data also revealed that the city’s footfall was still around a third down on the same period last year, due to a ‘‘lack of international tourism and office workers’’.
Billy Addy, chief executive of Liverpool BID Company, said: ‘‘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”.