Testimonial - Cafe Revival
Tell us a bit about your business. E.g. When and how did you start off?
New owner, Mark Rind, took over Cafe Revival at the beginning of 2013. A wholly independent business, Cafe Revival's home is 56 Corn Street a beautiful listed building which stakes it's claim as Bristol's oldest Coffee House.
When did you first hear about the Bristol Pound? When did you join?
Since it's launch and prior to taking over the business fully intended to 'buy in' as much as possible. We took paper £B immediately and started TXT2PAY approx Feb 2013.
Why did you get involved with the Bristol Pound?
It's core beliefs and intentions are honest, honourable and realistic; so long as everyone engages. I felt it was initially up to traders to 'buy in' to allow suppliers and customers to subsequently 'buy in' and thus complete the circle. Being passionate about the £B, believing in the concept and acknowledging a responsibility of an independent business owner to help the concept grow, all ignited my desire to get involved
How do you or your customers feel or behave when using £B compared to sterling?
It ALWAYS ignites a conversation.... Other customers, overhearing the transaction, often ask to have a look at the notes. It's a talking point....
What’s TXT2PAY like?
It's great fun! Very efficient and easy...
How have your Bristol Pounds been re-spent or where do you plan to re-spend them?
We have one regular supplier who will take a % in £B. We pitch £B to all new suppliers, and established ones, and it does influence deals a little as I need to pass them on!
What’s the best thing that has happened for you and your business from joining?
Aside from becoming a bit of a hub for the Bristol Pound team (which we love!;-)) visitors and local customers identify immediately that we're independent and it demonstrates that we're part of Bristol's independent charm.
What do you hope will happen as a result of Bristol people and businesses having their own currency?
Aside from the obvious that our local economy thrives, it would be wonderful to see visitors arriving at Temple Meads and changing their sterling for £B at a vending machine because they know that's how Bristol trades....a little like visitors to London get an oyster card on the 1st day of their visit.
How do you help staff to make the most of your customers commitment to using £B?
I make them fully aware of the £B as well as involving them in the various £B news/twitter convo's etc.... As a result they are buying into the £B concept, so much so that one has now started taking a bit of her wages in £B.