Posted 22/11/2012

The Queen to be presented with unique set of 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.

The Bristol Pound is one of the most ambitious local currencies in the world; over four hundred independent businesses are now trading with it throughout the city and users paying using their mobile phones through a newly developed TXT2PAY system. The Bristol Pound reflects the city’s growing international reputation for innovation and independent thinking.

The Queen will be presented with a hand-made leather wallet, made by Hrothgar Stibbon, a bespoke leatherworker based in Ashton, containing a full set of early edition printed Bristol Pounds. The notes feature original artwork from residents of Bristol people and notably include no portrait of the Queen.

Since the Bristol Pound launched just over two months ago, George Ferguson has been a keen advocate of the scheme and has pledged to receive all of his mayoral salary in Bristol Pounds.

Ferguson said: “I back the Bristol Pound because I believe it can stimulate and help sustain our local economy. It will provide a boost for independent businesses and help to prevent our high streets being overwhelmed by the big chains.”

Ciaran Mundy, one of Bristol Pound CIC’s directors, added: “We are proud to present these Bristol Pounds to the Queen. A new mayor and new currency symbolise the independent enterprise of the people of Bristol and our determination to create a resilient, more ethical economy that puts ordinary people first.”

The Bristol Pound team hold a sign-up event every Thursday in the lobby of the Corn Exchange, at the top of Corn St, between 12.30pm and 2.30pm, enabling everyone to get hold of their own Bristol Pounds. They can also sign up for a Bristol Pound account online and learn all about the scheme at www.bristolpound.org/signup or at Bristol Credit Union on Cheltenham Road.