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Everybody is talking about the Bristol Pound, here's some of our latest news. You can also see what else we are up to by visiting our blog.


Bristol Pound is hiring

Posted 29/06/2016

We're looking for more paid staff to join us. Find out more about the roles.


Bristol Pound to hold Bristol Mayor debate

Posted 29/03/2016

With a little over a month to go until Bristol’s mayoral elections, we are pleased to announce details of our mayoral debate taking place at the Arnolfini on 20 April.


Christmas 2015

Posted 02/12/2015

With Christmas fast approaching, the people of Bristol are busy planning for the festivities ahead. Here in the office, the Bristol Pound team are also very busy with our Christmas campaign, the gift that keeps on giving.


Updated Bristol Pound App

Posted 13/08/2015

We now have a new version of the our mobile app which means you can view your current balance and your recent transactions in real time on your phone!


Bristolians: your Artwork is needed for the new Bristol Pounds!

Posted 26/02/2015

Bristolians are invited to enter the ‘£B Artwork Competition’ for a chance to see their artwork on the new paper Bristol Pounds, which will be issued to the public from Tuesday 30th June. The competition opened last week and entries are starting to come in, but more are needed before the competition closes on Monday 16th March.


Help Design Our New Money

Posted 27/11/2014

Two years have flown by and it's nearly time once again to create an amazing new set of designs for the Bristol Pound money.


Bristol Pound Presents: Birthday Night Market with live music in the Old City

Posted 09/09/2014

To celebrate the Bristol Pound’s second birthday, we are organising a Night Market with live music and street performance in our beloved city! On Friday the 19th of September St Nicholas Market will be transformed to host our festivities — it all starts at 5:30pm and ends at 9:30pm.


Bristol Pound Launches Mobile App

Posted 28/08/2014

Bristol Pound has launched its long-awaited official ‘app’ for mobile phones. The free ‘£B app’ simplifies the £B mobile phone text payment system (called ‘TXT2PAY’), notify users of nearby Bristol Pound businesses, track users’ spending and highlight the discounts offered by traders to Bristol Pound members.


Bristol Pound spenders smash target set for Go Local! Challenge

Posted 04/08/2014

Bristol Pound spenders were encouraged to convert £25,000 sterling into £B25,000 Bristol Pounds during the 30 days of summer. We're pleased to announce that Bristol Pound spenders smashed that target, converting a total of £28,208 in 30 days.


Go Local! Challenge in full swing

Posted 27/06/2014

Bristol Pound's Go Local! Challenge aims to convert £25,000 of sterling into Bristol Pounds over the summer. There are hundreds of ways you can get involved and have a great time doing so!


Buy your BIG Green Week tickets with Bristol Pounds

Posted 29/05/2014

BIG Green Week's temporary Bristol Pound telephone Box Office is open until Thursday 5th June. Over half the Festival’s 150 events are free, but where tickets are required, all bookings can also be made through links on the website.



Posted 21/05/2014

There has been a sudden increase in the number of Bristol Pound Cash Points in Bristol. A total of Seventeen Bristol Pound traders now offer a 'bureau de change' service where members of the public can exchange sterling for £Bs, 1:1, free of charge.


Bristol Food Connections and Bristol Pound

Posted 23/04/2014

We're delighted to be part of the very first Bristol Food Connections, an eleven day food extravaganza taking place in Bristol from May 1 to May 11.



Posted 16/04/2014

Last week, a serious vulnerability was discovered in the openssl library, an open-source component which is in use on a huge number of web servers around the world.


Help Greeniversity to Grow and Win £B30!

Posted 24/03/2014

Greeniversity is a community skills project that teaches people how to live in a way that values their environment, sign up today and you could win £B30


Community energy and currency join together to make Bristol greener

Posted 25/02/2014

In an exciting new development for community currencies and community energy, Bristol Energy Coop has become the first Energy Coop to join the Bristol Pound scheme, enabling Bristol people to buy community green energy shares using their own local currency.


New £B Cash Point in Clifton

Posted 12/02/2014

Bristol Hub, based on the third floor of University of Bristol Students Union, has opened as the twelfth Bristol Pound Cash Point. Students and members of the public are welcome to exchange sterling for £B cash, free of charge, by visiting the Student Hub, which acts as a platform for student activism and engagement.


Bristol Pound Christmas Campaign launches on Small Business Saturday

Posted 07/12/2013

Launched today in support of Small Business Saturday, the Bristol Pound Christmas Campaign will run from 7th December until the 5th January, the last of the ‘12 days of Christmas’. The campaign aims to encourage more people to use Bristol Pounds over the festive season to help give a boost to local trade.


Christmas Drinks & Mingle for £B Members

Posted 18/11/2013

Bristol Pound C.I.C is holding an evening of merriment and mingling at Roll for the Soul (2 Quay Street, Bristol, BS1 2JL) on Friday 13th December from 6pm 'til 10pm.


Bristol Pound 1st Birthday Bash: 6pm - 11pm Thursday 19th September

Posted 04/09/2013

You are invited to celebrate the phenomenal first year of the Bristol Pound! £B Members, volunteers, friends and intrigued Bristolians are invited to join us on The Grain Barge to celebrate our love of all things local. There will be live music, some food and a chance for you to share something about the £B. It could be a song, poem or short story. Email if you think you might want to get involved; it will make our birthday if you do! Thursday 19th September from 6pm -11pm at Grain Barge, Mardyke Wharf, Hotwell Rd, Bristol BS8 4RU.


Send £B a Birthday Card!

Posted 08/08/2013

The Bristol Pound is almost 1.. Let's celebrate! Send Bristol Pound a birthday card sharing what you love about Bristol. All your cards will be displayed on our website and at the Bristol Pound's 1st birthday party.


Bristol is praised for its "ambitious vision for the future"

Posted 01/08/2013

Minister for Civil Society spends some Bristol Pounds (£B's) at Watershed while praising Bristol for its passion and "ambitious vision for the future" and Mayor George Ferguson buys an electric bike from Atmosphere Electric Bikes using £B's to help him with his duties across the city.


Members Meeting

Posted 18/06/2013

Thursday 27th June: A celebration of achievements so far, of the collaboration between Bristol Pound members and team in supporting locally owned independent businesses, building stronger communities and a fairer greener economy


Special discount for Big Green Week tickets with TXT2PAY!

Posted 05/06/2013

We are delighted to announce a special Bristol Pound TXT2PAY agreement with Big Green Week, so you can buy advance tickets using £Bs before the Festival starts on 15th June. And what is more, BIG Green Week are giving Bristol Pound customers £1 off every ticket bought using £B TXT2PAY!


Over £100,000 deposited in Bristol Pound accounts

Posted 04/04/2013

Over £100,000 has been deposited in Bristol Pound accounts! The 5% bonus has now reached the £5,000 limit on total payments, so it is no longer being applied to deposits to Bristol Pound accounts.


Bristol MPs join Bristol Pound and commit to spend £B50 of their salary every month.

Posted 16/03/2013

On Friday 15th March, three Bristol MPs - Charlotte Leslie, Kerry McCarthy and Stephen Williams – visited Bristol Credit Union to open their Bristol Pound accounts. Each MP has committed to spending a minimum of £B50 per month from their own Parliamentary salaries and with their £B accounts they will be able to spend it by texting from their mobile phones.



Posted 22/02/2013

The Bristol Credit Union has just announced that there is over £B140,000 (140,000 Bristol Pounds) circulating around Bristol! Around half of that figure is balances held in electronic accounts ready to be circulated through the text-to-pay system or online transfers.


'Bristol Switch & Save' has landed!

Posted 20/02/2013

Together for a better energy deal. Save money! Go Green! Want to buy green electricity using Bristol Pounds from Good Energy? Let us know by filling in the online form, giving us a call on 0117 929 8642 or by emailing and we’ll let you know how things develop.


What a lot of attention...

Posted 18/10/2012

The launch of the Bristol Pound caused a bit of a media frenzy! Camera crews and journalists from all over the world came to Bristol to find out what this exciting story was all about. Here are just some of their reports...


Oh what a night!

Posted 02/10/2012

On the 19th September, eyes from all over the world were on Bristol. As the clock struck 12 (Bristol time) the Bristol Pound went live and hundreds of cameras flashed while the Lord Mayor made the very first £B transaction on the traditional exchange nails, on Corn Street. Throughout the day, people from all over the city came down to purchase their Bristol Pounds, to start spending them with Bristol’s exciting local businesses.


Where to get Bristol Pounds

Posted 26/09/2012

Printed Bristol Pounds are now available at seven Access Points located around the city:


Winning designs unveiled ahead of launch date

Posted 06/07/2012

In February this year the people of Bristol were invited to help create paper pounds for the Bristol Pound. With a call to budding artists in the South West’s capital, the Bristol Pound launched a competition to find eight designs to be used on each side of the £B1, £B5, £B10 and £B20 paper pounds. Hundreds of entries were received from school children, students, professional designers and amateurs alike.


September 19th Launch Date Announced

Posted 05/07/2012

Organisers believe the Bristol Pound will be the largest of its kind in the UK from the moment it launches on Wednesday 19 September 2012, fulfilling its aim to make a real difference to Bristolians.


The Bristol Pound - Judging Event

Posted 26/04/2012

On the 15th of March we put on an event, at Colston Hall, to decide the winners of our printed £B design competition. We needed 8 pieces of artwork in total for the two sides of each of the £B1, £B5, £B10, £B20. But with the hundreds of entries we received we knew it was not necessarily going to be easy and there was some tension in the air as the Bristol Pound team awaited the arrival of the judges.


Bristol Pound Business Directory

Posted 18/04/2012

As well as launching the Bristol Pound business directory, we are also exploring a collaboration with the Bristol Green Capital Partnership, who are designing a Good Guide directory - another database for Bristol traders with a particular commitment to sustainable/ethical sourcing.


'Bristol Switch & Save' has landed!

Posted 01/01/1970

The Centre of Sustainable Energy has won funding from the Government to develop a new group energy buying scheme for Bristol households - Welcome to the Bristol Switch & Save scheme! Plus Good Energy may start to accept the Bristol Pound if there's enough registered interest, so email to give us a thumbs up if you'd like this to happen!