Bristol Pound - the UK's largest local currency

Way out Economics 2022

On the 4th of October we brought together people working across the broad fields of new and alternative economics. The aim was to share ideas and create relationships between the various strands of work focused on tackling the growing challenges facing our economy and society.

It was an incredible experience and a resounding success - you can read more here.


Bristol Pound has changed. The team behind the UK’s largest local currency has been busy building a new platform called Bristol Pay. (The Bristol Pay project is currently on hold, you can find out more here.)

The Bristol Pound digital currency has ceased operation and Bristol Pound accounts have been closed. Any remaining funds have reverted to sterling and are being held in Great Western Credit Union accounts. Please contact Great Western Credit Union to access any unspent digital Bristol Pounds.

The 2018 edition of paper Bristol Pounds expired at the end of September 2021. Please note that it is not possible to join the scheme as a member, and that the deadline for reimbursements on expired notes passed at the end of December 2021.

Bristol Pay

Bristol Pay is designed to work in a very different way to Bristol Pound, and is about more than just money. You can read more about our vision for the future here

The project is currently on hold as we search for new investors, partners and collaborators.

If you have any further questions, or are interested in helping us blow the dust off the project, please contact us on Responses may take longer than usual.