Bristol Pound Blog

March 14, 2018

Note Design Winners Announced!

After an incredible response both online and at the exhibition, we are thrilled to announce that the designs featured below have been chosen to represent Bristol […]
March 6, 2018

Notes competition voting

Voting is now open to the public for the Bristol Pound note design competition! Please follow the link below to vote for your favourite entries to […]
January 23, 2018

What happened at the Members’ Meetup in January?

Last week, the Mild West room at Hamilton House was buzzing as 30 people came together to discuss inclusivity at the first Bristol Pound meet up. […]
November 30, 2017

Local Currencies: the Rebellious Act as it happened

An Annual Meeting with a difference This week the People’s Republic of Stoke’s Croft hosted ‘Local Currencies: the Rebellious Act’, a space to come together and […]
November 8, 2017

Debt hell is flip side of paradise papers

Don’t get distracted by naming and shaming: we need a systemic shift. Deloittes, KPMG, Ernst and Young, and Price Waterhouse Cooper. The ‘big four’ all provide […]
November 6, 2017

From Panama to Paradise: break the cycle and change the system with Bristol Pounds

The papers cast light on the activity of politicians, sports stars, celebrities and some of the biggest companies doing business in the UK. Even the Queen […]
October 24, 2017

Join the Bristol Pound Board

Vacancies are open on the Bristol Pound Board: Individual and Business Member Representatives. *The deadline for applications has been extended to 27 November 2017* Background The […]
October 17, 2017

Bristol Pound App Bypasses the Banks to Boost Local Economy

The Bristol Pound is launching a new mobile app today (Tuesday 17th October 2017), unveiling the next exciting chapter for the city’s own dedicated currency. Already […]
September 19, 2017

5 years on and 5 million Bristol Pounds spent

The first Bristol Pound was used on 19 September 2012 to buy a loaf of bread at the nails outside St Nicholas Market. Five years on […]
September 19, 2017

Birthday Treasure Hall of Winners

This week, we have lead you on a quest around the city to find treasure packets of Bristol Pounds in celebration of our 5th birthday. We […]
August 22, 2017

Bristol Pound launch city wide treasure hunt

Bristol’s local currency have this week unveiled plans to hide thirteen treasure troves containing Bristol’s money around the city. The treasure hunt, which is being held […]
July 6, 2017

Spending Bristol Pounds on Gloucester Road just got easier with a new map

There is now a beautiful new map of the Gloucester Road, showing all the businesses who accept Bristol Pounds alongside artwork from residents in the local […]
June 5, 2017

Which parliamentary candidates will fight for a fairer, stronger and greener local economy for Bristol?

The Bristol Pound asks candidates for Bristol West and South how they will support a strong local economy. The people of Bristol are gearing up for […]
March 28, 2017

The Bristol Pound text number is changing

Good news! There is a new number now in place for when you Pay by Text, which will mean better coverage for some networks, and quicker […]
March 2, 2017

How can we make sure that more of our taxes stay in Bristol, working for the people who live here?

The council spends £350 million of public money each year. Most of this is spent with businesses outside of Bristol, including with large multi-nationals. The Panama […]
February 1, 2017

7 ways to change the world right now, like this minute, if you live in Bristol

In a world of ever-increasing connectivity, we are more aware than ever of the problems humanity faces. Thinking about fixing some of the global systems creating […]
November 24, 2016

5 ways to help you be a hero this Christmas – take the Bristol Pound Christmas Challenge!

There’s no denying it: ‘tis the festive season. And for many of us that means getting gifts for loved ones and gathering goodies to enjoy over […]
November 16, 2016

The Big Short Film – abstract economy, real economy.

It was great to see the Cube Cinema packed out with around one hundred people on Sunday 6th November, all wanting to learn about and discuss […]
October 25, 2016

A very warm welcome to Bristol’s own energy company: Bristol Energy

That’s right, Bristol is now the first city to have both its own money and its own energy company! It gets better: Bristol Energy is a […]
September 16, 2016

There’s a new sterling £5 note out – so let’s celebrate… why Bristol’s is better

In celebration of the UK’s new £5 notes, let’s remember why Bristol’s are better This month the Bank of England has launched the new sterling five pound note. […]
September 6, 2016

Bringing Bristol Pound to Massive Attack at the Downs

27,000 Bristolians braved the storm on Saturday to watch Massive Attack perform at the Downs and we were very proud to be there promoting a fairer […]
August 23, 2016

Can Bristol Pound bridge the Divide?

The post-film discussion with (left to right): me (Ruby Szarowicz), Cleo Lake (Green Party), Kat Wall (New Economy Organisers Network), Mary Rivers (the Equality Trust) and […]
August 9, 2016

The August system upgrade and how to reset your online account password and PIN

Like any piece of equipment, the Bristol Pound’s online system occasionally needs a bit of essential maintenance. The system is used by Bristol Credit Union to […]
August 2, 2016

Inequality: the nexus of wealth and debt by Frances Coppola

Frances Coppola hits the nail on the head in focusing on the impact of debt on our lives and how unnecessary it should be. He describes […]