Spend those Pounds the Bristol way

January 30 2017

Look out for the Bristol Pound team in February and March as they will be up and down the Gloucester Road helping people to make the most of this special local money.

Look out for the Bristol Pound team in February and March as they will be up and down the Gloucester Road helping people to make the most of this special local money.

The Bristol Pound is an alternative local currency – payments are made using paper notes, through online payments and by text payments. Members hold a personal or a business account and make transactions in Bristol Pounds rather than in sterling. Over 800 businesses accept the Bristol Pound and over £B2.5million Bristol Pounds have been issued so far.

The first event will be a meetup with businesses at La Ruca Café on the 7th February, open to businesses from the Arches to the Rovers’ ground. There’ll be a workshop at the Amitabha Buddhist Centre on how to use Bristol Pound more, pop up stalls at local businesses to sign up and learn more, including Room 212 on the 25th February, and it will all end in a party in the Gallimaufry on the 9th March.

Bristol Pound’s Community Liaison Manager, Laurie King explained the importance of using the local currency: “This month the Bristol Pound will be celebrating the best thing about Gloucester Road – the vast amount of independent local shops and businesses. We will also be celebrating the fact that by spending Bristol Pounds on Gloucester Road you are making it thrive.  

“That’s because, each Bristol Pound is a commitment for you to spend locally, support the vibrant local business community and keep money in the area. But, what’s more, unlike when you spend sterling in a local business, when you pass on that Bristol Pound at the till, you are passing on that commitment to re-spend locally again and again,” she said.

The team will also be recruiting local residents and business owners who are keen to promote the Bristol Pound in their area by becoming Community Currency Champions and keeping up the good work once the campaign is over. 

Bristol residents and businesses can open a Bristol Pound account and make payments from their regular bank into their Bristol Pound account. Individual members then use the currency to pay council tax, energy bills, buy online and to ‘pay by text’ in local businesses. Business members pay other businesses members for supplies and services as well as pay the council business rates. Anyone can switch their Sterling notes for the beautiful Bristol Pound notes at cash points such as Harvest Natural Foods, Kudacan.

Events in our area:

Tuesday 7th February, 6:-8pm: Business Meetup, La Ruca Café, FREE

Tuesday 21st February, 7-8pm: Our City, Our Money: Why and how to use Bristol Pounds, Amitabha Buddhist Centre, FREE

Saturday 25th February, 11-3pm: Stall at Room 212, FREE

Monday 27th February, 10-12am: Gloucester Road Members Meetup, Café Grounded, FREE

Thursday 9th March, 8-10pm: Bristol Pound Party, The Gallimaufry, FREE