THE Bristol Pound is celebrating its second birthday with a party and night market, complete with fireworks, magicians and street food.
St Nicholas' Market will host the night on Friday, September, 19 from 5.30pm to 9.30pm. Old City traders, including Bagel Boy, Roll for the Soul and Birdcage Bristol, will run special mini-events on the same evening.
IT was launched to help independent traders and stop wealth generated in the city from being sucked out of the local economy.
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"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.
People can collect the map from dozens of the featured locations or from the Tourist Information Centre."
"Two years after the Bristol Pound was launched just over 650 businesses in the city are now accepting the currency. The organisation behind the scheme has also revealed that £528,000 of the currency is now in use in the city in both electronic and note form.
The news comes as a brand new tourist map highlighting 100 of the businesses which are involved in the scheme has been published."
"The pound in your pocket has a brand new buzz – and there’s not a thing the Bank of England can do about it.
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This autumn Totnes in South Devon will launch a new “text-to-pay” scheme for independent traders which could eventually be rolled out nationally.
The project, allowing payments by mobile phone, will extend the Totnes Pound, which was relaunched with new banknotes in May this year."
"One could even argue that local currencies such as the Bristol Pound, diversifying and strengthening local economies and enabling community investment, should also be seen as public health initiatives."
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"What we do need is a system based on local production for local needs where everyone has the opportunity to walk or cycle to local shops, which are actually local.
What we do need is a system where, as far as possible, the money remains in the local area through mechanisms such as the Bristol Pound."
“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”
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"THE success of the Bristol Pound confirmed the city as an "activist hotspot" – one where individuals or groups are not scared to make a stand and try something different."
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"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."
"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)
"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’"
"Every Bristol Pound that's spent, goes directly back into Bristol's economy"
Bristol 24/7: "Bristol residents will be able to pay their council tax in Bristol Pounds from next month, the city council has said"
BBC: "Council tax payments in Bristol will soon be able to be made using the Bristol pound."
Bristol 24/7 "Bristol residents will be able to pay their council tax in Bristol Pounds from next month, the city council has said"
"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"
BBC: "The Bristol pound is to be accepted by bus operator First, a year after it was launched in the city."
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The Post: "BRISTOL's biggest bus operator has announced it is to start accepting the city's independent currency."
Bristol 24/7 "Bus users in Bristol will be able to use Bristol Pounds to pay for journeys from next Monday, in what is thought to be a first for public transport in UK"
Kevin Butler, Former Bank of England Agent for the South West, speaking on the £B; “I think it’s going to have a kind of snowball effect. You start off small, and as the message gets round, the snowball starts building in size”.
“If I wasn’t accepting the £B I wouldn’t have as many customers as I’ve had…my spending habits have changed, specifically, I will go, along with my girl friend, and go to a place that accepts the £B” Mark Welbourne, Painter, Decorator, Locksmith"
"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."
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"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."
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