Bristol Pound Business & Individual Members were welcomed to The Waterfront Meeting Rooms on a grey Thursday morning to connect and to talk about the future of Bristol Pound. After a last minute change in venue, we weren’t sure how many people would make it so it was wonderful to see an enthusiastic and diverse range of Bristol Pound members arriving at 8.30! Thanks to all of you who came along. For those who couldn’t make it, below is a brief overview of the events of the morning.
After a round of intros, we heard from Diana who explained that the message of a funding crisis was put out well in advance of the potential end date to give people a chance to come forward if they could help and the response has been encouraging – it’s not over yet! But how should Bristol Pound continue if no further funding does come through? Should the currency continue only in paper form? How would this be administered? These were some of the questions to be posed in the workshop section of the morning.
Diana then set out the workshop exercise, giving everyone a chance to write down their opinions on how Bristol Pound should move forward and adapt. This was split into 3 areas, each with relevant questions asked, these were; Promotion & Marketing, Practicalities and Conceptual. Ideas that came from each of the areas are listed below.
Special thanks to Ibi for being there to take the wonderful photographs featured in this blog. See more of her work here (she’s doing 30% off for £B members at the moment!).
Another thank you to those of you who were interviewed for Points West. The story will go out in their Sunday bulletin at 6pm.
Should we continue to offer Business Member Services?
How should we keep in touch with traders?
What resources are needed?
Who could fund this?
Is a directory of £B businesses needed? Online? App based? Physical directory?
Should more notes be issued?
Should we reprint in 2021?
Other questions & comments…
Is a shop local voucher still worth it?
Does £B still have a purpose?
Do you support it in principle?
Is paper money still relevant?
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