We often focus on the practical positives of our local currency such as reducing carbon emissions by shortening supply chains or helping to stop money leaking out of the city through a circular economy, but what if there’s a more elusive benefit?
These days transactions can feel impersonal, especially with the rise of self-scanning machines at many supermarkets. However, as a Bristol Pound member I’ve noticed that you instantly have a connection with the business you are spending with.
I’ve been greeted with open arms as if I’m part of a special club in shops and bars across Bristol. I’m sure these places are welcoming to all their customers but spending in Bristol Pounds makes me feel like a VIP customer.
This is especially true in businesses that may be new to £B or haven’t seen the currency before. Showing off the notes can be a great conversation starter.
We know that more and more people are feeling isolated as technology surpasses the need for personal interactions. Sometimes that little conversation over buying a coffee or some groceries can be the only human interaction a person has had in hours, if we can feel like we’re part of something – such as the £B – we can make these conversations all the more valuable and rewarding.
Bristol Pound member Ian had a great experience in Radford Mill recently. He explained, “I was waiting to be served at the till and the person in front of me paid in £B. I then also used £B for my transaction and the person behind me in the queue then asked us what we were using. All three customers and the employee had a lovely conversation about £B – what is was, how to use it – and we all left that experience with something a bit extra than your usual trip to buy groceries”.
What’s the best experience you’ve had using Bristol Pound? We would love to hear your stories!