Join as an individual

Support Bristol's independent businesses with every transaction you make

When you open a free Bristol Pound account, you can pay for goods by using our app or by transferring sterling into £B paper money.

Joining makes you a member of the movement to localise our money. By having a Bristol Pound account, you have a ready supply of Bristol’s money at your fingertips, and can use your spending to support independent businesses.

First, sign up using the form below, then read our How To guide.

To start spending your Bristol Pounds, browse our directory, download the app and find out more about using our cashpoints.

"Most of my weekly spend is in Bristol Pounds. For me, it's a really simple way of spending money in line with my values, as localism is very important to me.

The other day I popped into Better Food in St Werburghs, and asked if I could pay in Bristol Pounds, and the man behind the till said "oh it would be a pleasure!" You build a unique relationship with the shop owners."

Natalie - Bristol Pound Member

Sign up here:

Submitting this form will take you to the Bristol Credit Union's online application form to complete the sign up process.

You will need to:

  • Have your National Insurance number ready
  • Live in the membership area (the former Avon county)
  • Have a credit or debit card to make an initial deposit into your account
  • Be over 18 years old

If your online application is unsuccessful, please contact the Bristol Credit Union,

When you submit your details, you'll be sent an email asking if you'd like to join our mailing list. You can change your mind about being on our mailing list at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at For more information about our privacy practices please visit our data protection policy. By clicking on Submit, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

Bristol Pound accounts are held with Bristol Credit Union

Bristol Pound accounts are held at Bristol Credit Union – a cooperative, non-profit company, and an ethical alternative to banks. We work in partnership to manage accounts, payment services and security for Bristol Pound deposits.

By opening an account you will become a member and get a BCU Share Account, which will always need to have at least £1 as your share in the Credit Union.