Where we're going

Our vision is a fairer, greener, stronger economy for Bristol, and after 8 years of running Bristol Pound, we’ve realised we can do more. We can involve more people and we can create more impact.

So we’re developing Bristol Pay.

Today, if you make a payment using your card or your phone, a small percentage of the sale leaves our city in transaction charges. It might not sound like a big deal, but it’s been estimated that these charges total £60 million leaving Bristol per year! 

With Bristol Pay we want to keep as much of that money in Bristol as we can. Any profits we make will be reinvested in social and environmental projects in the city. 

Of course, we will continue to promote Bristol’s independent businesses.

And we’ll be doing something totally new –we will be trialling token schemes, to emphasise the non-financial parts of our economy. It will work a little like a score in a game, or your Fitbit, but instead of earning points for reaching your goals, you’ll be able to earn them for participating in your local community, and better understand your own impact. This will be an important tool to help Bristol meet its One City Plan targets – like being zero carbon by 2030.

Read about the full vision for the future of Bristol Pay here.