The Bristol Pound in the media

16 faces for 2016

Posted 03/01/2016

Zoe Power is an illustrator, signwriter and mural artist. 2015 highlights included seeing her work printed on the Bristol Pound £1 note.

Local Currencies (Swedish)

Posted 01/01/2016

The ambition behind most alternative currencies is to create greater social or ecological sustainability. 

9 unique ways to see Bristol

Posted 30/12/2015

The Bristol Pound is Bristol's unique currency, accepted at many independent shops, attractions and restaurants. 

Stuck for gift ideas? Discover other options at Born

Posted 07/12/2015

If your friend or relative lives in or near Bristol, why not present them with some Bristol Pounds? They can be spent in independent shops (including Born!!), cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants all over Bristol – and for Christmas they come in a limited edition Bristol Pound gift card.

Bristol's 9 best apps

Posted 30/11/2015

To support our unique currency, the Bristol Pound app allows you to find nearby traders accepting BP payment, pay, top up your credit, and track how much you’re spending in the local economy.

20 ways brand Bristol has made city famous

Posted 20/11/2015

Inspired by pioneering local schemes in Brixton and Stroud, Bristol launched its own currency on September 19 2012, when the Lord Mayor stood by the historic Nails in Corn Street and, at the stroke of (hopefully Bristol Time) noon, bought a loaf of bread with the first Bristol Pound.

Everything you need to know about the Birmingham pound

Posted 19/11/2015

The day-long Enterprise Nation event at the Library of Birmingham will unveil how the Birmingham Pound could look and work, as well as hearing from the man behind the successful Bristol Pound – which has already generated thousands for its local economy.

Made of money

Posted 16/11/2015

Bristol milliner Ani Stafford-Townsend is in the running to win an esteemed hat-making competition thanks to her latest unique creation, made entirely from Bristol Pounds.

Pennies and pounds, Bristol style.

Posted 10/11/2015

Across the UK we’re seeing local currency pop up left, right and centre, from Cornwall to London. The premise is simple. Local currency keeps local money in the local economy. By opting to be paid in Bristol Pound you can use the currency in loads of local independent shops and retailers, from cinemas to food stores to cafes and restaurants.

Will the Scotpound succeed as a parallel currency?

Posted 06/11/2015

The English city of Bristol has the Bristol-Pound, with over £700,000 in circulation. Its success, like the Sardex of Sardinia and the Chiemgauer of Germany, is due in part to the fact that the currencies are designed to circulate more quickly compared to debt-created money. Socially designed money is designed to be used, not hoarded.

The rise of local currencies

Posted 29/10/2015

What's it like to be asked to create bank notes that capture the spirit of the place where you live? So we talked to Charlie Waterhouse of the Brixton PoundRick Lawrence of Samskara Design who created the new Totnes Pound notes, and Owen Davis, Art Director of the Bristol Pound.

How to start your own local currency

Posted 23/10/2015

The London district of Brixton and the city of Bristol have many things in common: a strong sense of community, a thriving cultural scene, a fiercely independent spirit and, for the past couple of years, their own money too.

A persuasive vision of a future economy

Posted 19/10/2015

When we started the Bristol Pound we thought we would help out some independent traders on struggling high streets around Bristol, but now it seems we are a small but important part of helping to change the world. 

The currency of independence

Posted 15/10/2015

Bristol is best known for Banksy, Brunel - and soon, the Bristol Pound. If you haven't heard of it yet, you will - it's a fascinating experiment in local currency and local autonomy. 

Gaining currency

Posted 15/10/2015

The Bristol Pound goes from strength to strength.

The new economy

Posted 06/10/2015

What could the future look like for money, business, ownership, and cities, in an economy fit for people and planet?

Inside the world of local currency

Posted 05/10/2015

It’s a strong idea in places like Bristol, Kingston upon Thames and Brixton - the local currency can create a sense of pride and identity among business owners. Mostly, the point is to get shoppers to shop local.

Bristol Pound prepares third birthday celebrations

Posted 17/09/2015

To celebrate three years since its launch, the city's very own local currency, the Bristol Pound, will be hosting a third birthday party at St Nick's Night Market on Friday September 18.

The green Bristol Pound

Posted 15/09/2015

Bristol Pound will celebrate its third anniversary this Friday with a night market, food stalls and street entertainment at St Nick's Market.

“We were one of the key reasons why Bristol was chosen as European Green Capital,” says Michael Lloyd-Jones, from Bristol Pound.

Bristol Pound or no Business

Posted 10/08/2015

The West Country is proud of its currency and 1 million of the notes are expected in circulation this year with more big business joining in. 

UWE students design new Bristol Pounds

Posted 30/06/2015

Two of the new designs for the #NewBristolPounds released on Wednesday 1 July [2015] are by students from UWE Bristol.

The competition received over 300 entries from artists, amateur and professional, and school children. An independent panel of eight judges selected the eight designs to feature on the new paper Bristol Pounds.

New Bristol Pound notes issued

Posted 30/06/2015

THE team behind a city-wide currency is unveiling several new-look pound notes designed by Bristolians.

Almost three years since its introduction, and with more than £B130,000 in circulation, the Bristol Pound Community Interest Company (CIC) and the Bristol Credit Union are issuing four new pound notes tomorrow.

Barcelona Party Pledges to Print Money

Posted 21/05/2015

Promoters of the idea of a Barcelona currency cite as a model an effort in Bristol, a city in the south west of England that launched an alternative currency in 2012. Under the scheme, people can purchase Bristol Pounds at a one-to-one rate with sterling and spend it with one of more than 700 businesses.

The world of money

Posted 07/05/2015

From the trading floor to the local shop, money can define how we interact with a city and also with one another. We look at how to make financial districts more liveable, discover the heritage of old banks in Budapest, explore one of the remaining open outcry markets and pay our bills with the Bristol pound.

The Urbanist: The world of money

Bristol Pound redesigns unveiled

Posted 02/04/2015

A wildlife map, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and an image of civil rights campaigner Paul Stephenson are among the new designs for the Bristol Pound.

Bristol Pound can be used to pay council tax

Posted 01/04/2015

Bristol residents can now use the Bristol Pound to make council tax payments. This means Bristol is the first UK city where people can pay council tax in a local currency.

Transition verte: la livre de Bristol défie la livre sterling

Posted 12/03/2015

Méconnu en Europe, le dynamisme des Bristoliens en matière de vivre ensemble a permis la création il y a deux ans et demi d’une monnaie locale : la «Bristol Pound» - qui fête cette année son troisième anniversaire en plein «Green Bristol»

Design the brand new Bristol Pound

Posted 03/03/2015

If you've always hoped that, one day, you'll see someone like DJ Derek, Morph or Gary Mabbutt on a £5 note, you'll be interested to know that the Bristol Pound wants new designs for its notes.

Bristol Pound Announces Record-Breaking Christmas

Posted 12/01/2015

Bristol Pound members purchased Christmas gifts with £Bs, gave £B paper pounds as presents and set up standing orders into their £B accounts throughout December, resulting in the most digital Bristol Pounds being spent in a week since the currency launched in 2012.

Bristol Pound tourist map published

Posted 10/07/2014

The Bristol Pound tourist map is a free pocket-sized map showing more than 100 businesses in the city centre that accept the local currency.

Totnes will launch 'text to pay' scheme

Posted 06/07/2014

This autumn Totnes in South Devon will launch a new “text-to-pay” scheme for independent traders which could eventually be rolled out nationally.


Bid to give Cumbria its own currency

Posted 21/03/2014

“The Bristol and Brixton pounds are going really well and experience has shown that when small businesses are involved in the design of these systems they are far more effective than when it is just ethical consumers involved”

Good Cheer!

Posted 21/03/2014

Good Cheer! Bristol Pound drinkeries thrown into the spot light - Bristol Beer Factory, Pipe and Slippers, Hillgrove Grove Pub and Gallimaufry all name checked and reviewed in Bristol's newest mag 'Good Bristol'


A Historia Da Libra De Bristol

Posted 19/03/2014

The story of the Bristol Pound, as told by Chris Sunderland, in the Portuguese magazine 'Rede'. An english version of this article is available on our blog.




Local Shoppers smash Bristol Pound's £20k Christmas target

Posted 24/01/2014

"TRADE over the Christmas period saw a big boost in the amount of Bristol Pounds (£B) being spent. The currency's directors set a £B20,000 target for the festive period – and say they were "thrilled" when more than £B30,000 was spent in December."

Go local for Christmas

Posted 12/12/2013

"If you're buying gifts for the festive season, support your city and its independent traders by shopping and spending Bristol Pounds" - two page article in Bedminster Matters (published by Hibu)


£20,000 to be spent over Christmas, says Bristol Pound director

Posted 07/12/2013

"The Bristol Pound has announced a target of £20,000 to be spent over the Christmas period.

Launched today in support of Small Business Saturday, the Bristol Pound Christmas Campaign will run from 7th December until the 5th January, the last of the ‘12 days of Christmas’"


Bristol Pound Celebrates First Anniversary

Posted 15/09/2013

"The Bristol Pound currency is now one year old - and four new Bristol Pound Cash Points, in Brislington, Bedminster, Horfield and Redfield have been announced to celebrate the anniversary. M Shed muesum has also marked the occasion with a permenent display of Bristol Pounds alongside a set of the 'original' Bristol currency"


One year on, Bristol Pound is helping put city on the map

Posted 26/08/2013

"IT was launched a year ago and made headlines across the world and is still going from strength to strength.

The Bristol Pound is gearing up for its first birthday celebrations with an air of quiet satisfaction and a determination to keep the momentum going."


Baker banks on the Bristol Pound

Posted 22/08/2013

The Guardian talks to a Bristol baker owner who buys and sells in Bristol Pounds, as the community currency approaches it's first birthday

Hoping to be quids in with an Oxford Pound

Posted 18/06/2013

"OXFORD could get its own currency by next year if an idea from local traders comes to fruition.

Adam O’Boyle and other campaigners hope they can introduce Oxford’s answer to the successful Bristol Pound scheme by next year."

Bristol embraces its own currency

Posted 28/09/2012

As governments around Europe deal with crashing economies, a city in the UK is embracing its own local currency.

Europe correspondent, Rachael Brown, visited the Bristol markets to see if the idea's catching on.

Bristol mayor launches city's pound

Posted 19/09/2012

Bristol became the first British city to launch a local currency on Wednesday when Lord Mayor councillor Peter Main handed over a crisp new Bristol pound note to buy a loaf of bread in a city centre bakery

Local currency the Bristol Pound goes live tomorrow

Posted 18/09/2012

From tomorrow the cash tills of hundreds of Bristol’s independent retailers will be filled with the city’s own local currency, as the Bristol Pound goes live.

After three years in the making, the new currency designed to bolster the city’s independent businesses will be accepted in stores such as Chandos Deli, the Glassboat and Goldbrick House.


Hundreds of businesses to accept the Bristol Pound

Posted 09/07/2012

With the Euro in the state it's in, you might think now is not the best time to launch a new currency. But in two months' time, that's what will happen in Bristol. 230 businesses have already signed up to accept the Bristol Pound.

It's being launched on September 19th. Its creators hope to print a million pounds in the first year. Tanya Mercer reports.

Feature on You and Yours

Posted 17/02/2012

Beginning 28:30 into the programme. After Bristol launches its own pound we find out how other local currencies are doing..

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