The Bristol pound
Earlier this week it was announced that Bristol would be getting its own currency. Predominantly featured in the areas that have a high level of independent retailers, the Bristol pound hopes to inject much needed economic stimulation through keeping money local. Bristol Pound Community Interest Company and Bristol Credit Union are behind the scheme, due to go live on 21st May. They hope that the scheme will prove popular, meaning that more and more people and retailers will sign up.
How to get involved
Open an account with Bristol Credit Union (subject to your application being accepted)
Exchange pounds (sterling) for pounds (Bristol) at exchange points around the centre
Look out for the sign on your favourite independent shops to see if they are participating
Spend your Bristol Pounds at local businesses who accept them, either with notes, via SMS texts or by your mobile phone!
Also bonuses, discounts, special offers available on the Bristol Pound Directory
There are already a number of retailers signed up based on North Street (Southville/Bedminster) Gloucester Road (Montpelier, St Andrews, Bishopston and Horfield) and Clifton Village
More information on the Bristol Pound can be found here: bristolpound.org
Bristol has always been proud of its independent shops, and by introducing the Bristol Pound, the CIC and BCU follow the example set by places such as Brixton, London and Stroud, Gloucestershire.