Become a member today

Support your community with every transaction you make.

When you open a free Bristol Pound account, you can pay by app, by text and lots more.

It 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.

"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

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.

Sign-up using the form below:

Note - 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

Your Consent

By signing up to the Bristol Pound, you are consenting to Bristol Pound CIC contacting you by phone, email, post and text message. Most communications are limited to account support and user information. You can opt out of e-communications marketing the activities of the Bristol Pound scheme at the bottom of each email newsletter or from all marketing communications by emailing us at

We will not share your information with a third party unless we are legally obliged to do so.

To find out more, please visit our Data Protection Pledge

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