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This sort of thing can really help local economies become more independent and therefore help our ideals. The industries we oppose rely heavily on the profits of big business and a great vacuum of taxes going towards central governments. The Bristol pound is an alternative currency to pound sterling and is designed to help support local businesses.
Read more here.
I see the design competition deadline was March 14th, with the winners chosen on the 15th, and the currency is due to appear in May, so good luck! (Any sight of the winning designs yet Herb? Are you following their Tweets?)
Sadly, I don't know how successful these schemes really are, especially with the shift towards a cashless society (though I note that the £B can be used on mobiles and online). To quote a Totnes local -
"Local currencies are a bit of a drag. I live in Totnes and the much-feted Totnes pound has more or less disappeared - shopkeepers aren't that keen on it and nor is the public. We use the local shops because they're good, not because we're tied into a currency. It just seems ridiculously parochial to start inventing our own - and in the end a waste of effort - and money."
Thanks for the information Richard. The good news is that the Bristol Pound has some high profile local supporters. One is George Ferguson CBE who is heavily involved in local businesses including running Bristol Beer Factory and Bristol Ferry Company. He will also be running for the position of Bristol Mayor if Bristol votes yes in a referendum for whether it wants a directly elected mayor or not. I think a directly elected mayor would be a good thing as it would make Bristol more individual which would help improve the chances of the Bristol Pound especially if the mayor supports it of course. His wikipedia article is worth reading.
I think he initially made his name as an architect. Here he is giving some thoughts on urban aesthetics: