Creating your own money
Bristol Pounds stick to the British city of Bristol, build community connections and work for people not banks to create fairer, stronger, happier local economy. The Bristol Pound is the UK’s first city wide local currency, the first to have electronic accounts managed by a regulated financial institution, and the first that can be used to pay some local taxes.
The Bristol Pound the is run as a not-for-profit partnership between the Bristol Pound Community Interest Company and Bristol Credit Union.
You can spend Bristol Pounds at every participating business using either paper Bristol Pounds, or from a Bristol Pound account with any mobile phone by using our simple TXT2PAY sms payment system, or over the internet.
Having electronic accounts makes Bristol Pounds easy and convenient to use for the public and opens up the opportunities for business to business payments.
All electronic accounts are managed by Bristol Credit Union on established and secure banking systems.
Bristol’s unique qualities - its community spirit, creativity and freethinking attitude – make it an incredible place to live. Much of this character is created and embodied by the local businesses in which we shop, eat and socialise. We don’t want Bristol to be another clone town. Bristol Pounds supports independent business by helping us commit to spend locally, and helps forge new business relationships because choosing Bristol Pounds means that businesses spend locally too.