Everybody is talking about the Bristol Pound, here's some of our latest news. You can also see what else we are up to by visiting our blog.
Everybody is talking about the Bristol Pound, here's some of our latest news. You can also see what else we are up to by visiting our blog.
Bristol Pound members are coming together to hear how they can benefit from using the many ethical finance options available in the city – and you’re invited.
Candidates for the job of Mayor of Bristol were at the Arnolfini on the Harbourside last week to answer questions from over 200 residents and businesses.
With a little over a month to go until Bristol’s mayoral elections, we are pleased to announce details of our mayoral debate taking place at the Arnolfini on 20 April.
It's a great way for Bristol Pound account holders to view their current balance and recent transactions on the move.
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With Christmas fast approaching, the people of Bristol are busy planning for the festivities ahead. Here in the office, the Bristol Pound team are also very busy with our Christmas campaign, the gift that keeps on giving.
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Bristol Pound are looking to recruit a Membership Recruitment Officer to take a lead role in increasing business member numbers to the Bristol Pound
We now have a new version of the our mobile app which means you can view your current balance and your recent transactions in real time on your phone!
All aboard! Bristol Pound now accepted at Bristol Temple Meads station.
From 1st April, Bristol residents will be able to use the UK’s first citywide local currency to make council tax payments.
Bristolians are invited to enter the ‘£B Artwork Competition’ for a chance to see their artwork on the new paper Bristol Pounds, which will be issued to the public from Tuesday 30th June. The competition opened last week and entries are starting to come in, but more are needed before the competition closes on Monday 16th March.
ALL the paper Bristol Pounds will be recalled and reissued during 2015. Take note of the dates and make sure you exchange your old paper Bristol Pounds for new ones before the deadline!
A record-breaking week for Bristol Pound spenders this Christmas follows the steady increase in the amount of £Bs being spent throughout last year.
'Community Currencies in Action' project launches a comprehensive 'wiki' for community currencies.
Two years have flown by and it's nearly time once again to create an amazing new set of designs for the Bristol Pound money.
Totnesians will be able pay for local goods and services with electronic Totnes Pounds using their mobile phones thanks to the technology that has been supplied by the Bristol Pound.
Thousands of people flocked to the Old City in central Bristol to celebrate the second birthday of Bristol's local currency
This week sees the launch of a new system of food retail that focuses on convenience and affordability, brings people together in neighbourhoods and could eventually rival supermarkets.
To celebrate the Bristol Pound’s second birthday, we are organising a Night Market with live music and street performance in our beloved city! On Friday the 19th of September St Nicholas Market will be transformed to host our festivities — it all starts at 5:30pm and ends at 9:30pm.
Bristol Pound has launched its long-awaited official ‘app’ for mobile phones. The free ‘£B app’ simplifies the £B mobile phone text payment system (called ‘TXT2PAY’), notify users of nearby Bristol Pound businesses, track users’ spending and highlight the discounts offered by traders to Bristol Pound members.
Bristol Pound spenders were encouraged to convert £25,000 sterling into £B25,000 Bristol Pounds during the 30 days of summer. We're pleased to announce that Bristol Pound spenders smashed that target, converting a total of £28,208 in 30 days.
Bristol Pound's Go Local! Challenge aims to convert £25,000 of sterling into Bristol Pounds over the summer. There are hundreds of ways you can get involved and have a great time doing so!
Bristol Pound are launching a tourist map and guide to help visitors scratch beneath the surface and discover the real Bristol
Following the successful launch of Real Economy during Bristol Food Connections Festival, Bristol Pound's newest project is getting stuck in to helping people set up food buying groups all over the city. The initiative supports people to purchase food directly from producers, reducing dependence on supermarkets.
BIG Green Week's temporary Bristol Pound telephone Box Office is open until Thursday 5th June. Over half the Festival’s 150 events are free, but where tickets are required, all bookings can also be made through links on the website.
There has been a sudden increase in the number of Bristol Pound Cash Points in Bristol. A total of Seventeen Bristol Pound traders now offer a 'bureau de change' service where members of the public can exchange sterling for £Bs, 1:1, free of charge.
Lots of wins for Bristol Pound traders at the Bristol Good Food Awards!
We're delighted to be part of the very first Bristol Food Connections, an eleven day food extravaganza taking place in Bristol from May 1 to May 11.
Last week, a serious vulnerability was discovered in the openssl library, an open-source component which is in use on a huge number of web servers around the world.
The latest £B Cash Point has opened today at The Tube Diner in the famous Paintworks complex on Bath Road in Brislington.
Greeniversity is a community skills project that teaches people how to live in a way that values their environment, sign up today and you could win £B30
In an exciting new development for community currencies and community energy, Bristol Energy Coop has become the first Energy Coop to join the Bristol Pound scheme, enabling Bristol people to buy community green energy shares using their own local currency.
A carbon-free postal service is offering Bristol Pound businesses the opportunity to purchase a Bristol Pound stamp for 34p.
Bristol Hub, based on the third floor of University of Bristol Students Union, has opened as the twelfth Bristol Pound Cash Point. Students and members of the public are welcome to exchange sterling for £B cash, free of charge, by visiting the Student Hub, which acts as a platform for student activism and engagement.
The Spark and Bristol Pound C.I.C are pleased to present the first printed Bristol Pound Directory. With over 600 locally-owned businesses listed, you'll never struggle to find a place to spend your £Bs again! Copies are now available for collection from businesses all over Bristol.
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’. The campaign aims to encourage more people to use Bristol Pounds over the festive season to help give a boost to local trade.
Bristol Pound TXT2PAY and on-line payments will not be available between 8am and 10am on the morning of Tuesday 26th November due to essential system updates.
Bristol Pound C.I.C is holding an evening of merriment and mingling at Roll for the Soul (2 Quay Street, Bristol, BS1 2JL) on Friday 13th December from 6pm 'til 10pm.
Bristol Pound TXT2PAY and on-line payments will not be available between 8am and 10am on Tuesday morning due to essential system updates.
Bristol City Council is celebrating the first birthday of the Bristol Pound with the announcement that it will soon accept Council Tax and other service payments in the city’s local currency.
Dave Harvey reports on the progress of Bristol's local currency, for BBC Points West, on 13th September 2013.
Birthday Week News: Four new Bristol Pound Exchange Points, in Brislington, Bedminster, Horfield and Redfield, have been announced today, while Mayor Ferguson unveils the first set of Bristol Pound paper pounds in M Shed.
From 16th September 2013 the main bus provider for Bristol, First Bus, will accept payment of fares in printed Bristol Pounds ‘on the bus’. Account holders will also be able to pay for season tickets using TXT2PAY.
You are invited to celebrate the phenomenal first year of the Bristol Pound! £B Members, volunteers, friends and intrigued Bristolians are invited to join us on The Grain Barge to celebrate our love of all things local. There will be live music, some food and a chance for you to share something about the £B. It could be a song, poem or short story. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you might want to get involved; it will make our birthday if you do! Thursday 19th September from 6pm -11pm at Grain Barge, Mardyke Wharf, Hotwell Rd, Bristol BS8 4RU.
It's a month until £B 1st birthday (19th September) and Local Currency Week (16th - 22nd September) - Let's celebrate!
The Bristol Pound is almost 1.. Let's celebrate! Send Bristol Pound a birthday card sharing what you love about Bristol. All your cards will be displayed on our website and at the Bristol Pound's 1st birthday party.
Minister for Civil Society spends some Bristol Pounds (£B's) at Watershed while praising Bristol for its passion and "ambitious vision for the future" and Mayor George Ferguson buys an electric bike from Atmosphere Electric Bikes using £B's to help him with his duties across the city.
Bristol Pound, in partnership with our good friends at Don’t Panic Bristol, have launched an exciting competition which gives you the opportunity to design a poster that captures what the Bristol Pound is all about! COMPETITION CLOSES THIS FRIDAY (14th)
Today the Watershed, Bristol’s best know independent cinema and creative hub, will begin accepting paper and text payments in Bristol Pound!
Thursday 27th June: A celebration of achievements so far, of the collaboration between Bristol Pound members and team in supporting locally owned independent businesses, building stronger communities and a fairer greener economy
We are delighted to announce a special Bristol Pound TXT2PAY agreement with Big Green Week, so you can buy advance tickets using £Bs before the Festival starts on 15th June. And what is more, BIG Green Week are giving Bristol Pound customers £1 off every ticket bought using £B TXT2PAY!
The Bristol Pound is overjoyed to be partnering with Sunrise Festival in bringing the regional currency to the field.
Newly appointed Bristol City Director, Nicola Yates, who will act as professional head of staff, will be accepting £5000 of her wage in Bristol Pounds.
Over £100,000 has been deposited in Bristol Pound accounts! The 5% bonus has now reached the £5,000 limit on total payments, so it is no longer being applied to deposits to Bristol Pound accounts.
On Friday 15th March, three Bristol MPs - Charlotte Leslie, Kerry McCarthy and Stephen Williams – visited Bristol Credit Union to open their Bristol Pound accounts. Each MP has committed to spending a minimum of £B50 per month from their own Parliamentary salaries and with their £B accounts they will be able to spend it by texting from their mobile phones.
An important TXT2PAY announcement.
Interested in paying for your energy bills in Bristol Pounds?
The Bristol Credit Union has just announced that there is over £B140,000 (140,000 Bristol Pounds) circulating around Bristol! Around half of that figure is balances held in electronic accounts ready to be circulated through the text-to-pay system or online transfers.
Together for a better energy deal. Save money! Go Green! Want to buy green electricity using Bristol Pounds from Good Energy? Let us know by filling in the online form, giving us a call on 0117 929 8642 or by emailing email@example.com and we’ll let you know how things develop.
All our members (Bristol Pound account holders) are invited to this first General Meeting of the Bristol Pound; we look forward to seeing you there.
Three months after launch and the Bristol Pound is already starting to have a very real impact with almost £B100,000 in circulation to date.
From today, At-Bristol science centre - one of Bristol’s most famous destinations - will be accepting Bristol Pounds.
Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson has given the green light for St Nicholas Market stallholders to pay their pitch fees in Bristol Pounds.
Bristol’s newly elected mayor George Ferguson will be presenting Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II with a set of Bristol Pound notes during her Jubilee tour of Bristol today at the M Shed.
Bristol's new Mayor George Ferguson is providing a huge support to Bristol's local economy by receiving all of his salary in Bristol Pounds.
The launch of the Bristol Pound caused a bit of a media frenzy! Camera crews and journalists from all over the world came to Bristol to find out what this exciting story was all about. Here are just some of their reports...
On the 19th September, eyes from all over the world were on Bristol. As the clock struck 12 (Bristol time) the Bristol Pound went live and hundreds of cameras flashed while the Lord Mayor made the very first £B transaction on the traditional exchange nails, on Corn Street. Throughout the day, people from all over the city came down to purchase their Bristol Pounds, to start spending them with Bristol’s exciting local businesses.
Printed Bristol Pounds are now available at seven Access Points located around the city:
In February this year the people of Bristol were invited to help create paper pounds for the Bristol Pound. With a call to budding artists in the South West’s capital, the Bristol Pound launched a competition to find eight designs to be used on each side of the £B1, £B5, £B10 and £B20 paper pounds. Hundreds of entries were received from school children, students, professional designers and amateurs alike.
Organisers believe the Bristol Pound will be the largest of its kind in the UK from the moment it launches on Wednesday 19 September 2012, fulfilling its aim to make a real difference to Bristolians.
On the 15th of March we put on an event, at Colston Hall, to decide the winners of our printed £B design competition. We needed 8 pieces of artwork in total for the two sides of each of the £B1, £B5, £B10, £B20. But with the hundreds of entries we received we knew it was not necessarily going to be easy and there was some tension in the air as the Bristol Pound team awaited the arrival of the judges.
As well as launching the Bristol Pound business directory, we are also exploring a collaboration with the Bristol Green Capital Partnership, who are designing a Good Guide directory - another database for Bristol traders with a particular commitment to sustainable/ethical sourcing.
The Centre of Sustainable Energy has won funding from the Government to develop a new group energy buying scheme for Bristol households - Welcome to the Bristol Switch & Save scheme! Plus Good Energy may start to accept the Bristol Pound if there's enough registered interest, so email firstname.lastname@example.org to give us a thumbs up if you'd like this to happen!