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  • Bristol Pound: cashing in on community
  • Bristol Pound: cashing in on community
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Bristol Pound: cashing in on community

There are more than 2.5 million Bristol Pounds in circulation, and it’s accepted at over 800 business across the city. How is this alternative currency developing a sense of community, helping out hip professionals and hard-up locals alike, and even increasing people's self-esteem?

Location United Kingdom

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Local currencies are nothing new. They have been around since the nineteenth century, and research at Bucknell University suggests that they are most likely to come up at times of crisis, high unemployment or economic instability. Normally, however, they fall out of use as the economy recovers. [1]

The Bristol Pound, however, is an exception. Whilst it was dreamt up during the financial crisis of 2008, and launched in 2012, it continues to go from strength to strength. First conceived by former engineer Mark Burton as a way to support the local economy after the financial ...

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