The Bristol Pound, our city’s very own currency, turns three this month and is hosting a party at St Nick’s Night Market to celebrate.
The Bristol Pound was the UK’s first city wide currency, designed to support the independent business sector by helping us commit to spending locally. It helps forge new business relationships because if we pay using Bristol Pounds the businesses accepting them have to spend locally too. The money is kept in Bristol where it circulates again and again.
Bristol Pounds come in printed form, available from £B Cash Points around the city or via the online £B Cash Point, but those who don’t like to carry a wallet can also spend them via TXT2PAY using their mobile phone or by using online payments. The Bristol Shop is proud to accept Bristol Pounds at the checkout; we were actually the first online shop to do so.
It’s a particularly beautiful currency, with new notes issued earlier this year featuring designs by Susan Taylor, Tom McCarthaigh, Zoe Power, Yoshino Shighara, Stewy, Annie Kenney, Danny Bird, Luke Carter, The Orca Design Co., Gaby Selby, and Kara Backes, winners of a competition to find new designs that would celebrate Bristol’s character and culture.
Souvenir unused and unissued notes are available from The Bristol Shop in single denominations or as a full set. Delivered First Class by Recorded Post, they come in a plastic holder with full certificate of authenticity. You can of course spend them in any business that accepts Bristol Pounds, should you choose to do so.
The Bristol Pound will celebrate its third birthday with a huge party and everyone is invited. It will take place at St Nick’s Night Market on Friday 18 September, from 5.30pm until 9.30pm, Entry is FREE. There will be performers, food, music and fun, plenty of £B Cash Points and all traders will accept Bristol Pounds. RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends too. Click Here for further information about the Bristol Pound, including details of how to open an account.