Scott Logic Develops App to Boost Bristol Pound
A team of Bristol based technology experts are hoping that their new software application will provide a major boost to the local economy.
The Bristol based team from national software consultancy, Scott Logic has created a new mobile app to help propel the success of the city’s own dedicated currency – the Bristol Pound.
Its team of product designers and software engineers have donated their time for free to create a state-of-the-art mobile app in a bid to encourage more users and businesses to come on board with the trail-blazing local currency.
Already used by 800 businesses and organisations across the city, the new app, which was officially launched this week, will allow users to manage their account from their smartphone as well as make speedy payments to businesses which trade in the local currency.
Whilst Bristol Pounds have received international acclaim and have been welcomed by many small businesses and larger organisation alike across the city, the team behind the project recognised that the existing technology was clunky and presented a barrier to its ongoing growth and success. They were delighted therefore when the Scott Logic, which works with the world’s largest financial institutions and global investment banks to create bespoke complex trading platforms, offered their technical expertise and support to create a user friendly mobile app.
Nic Hemley, who heads up Scott Logic in Bristol said: “As a personal user of The Bristol pound, I have always endorsed the concept but I could see how the existing technology presented users with unnecessary hurdles and would prevent the currency from reaching its full potential so we decided to offer up the services of our designers and developers and enlisted support from our colleagues around the country to help the Bristol Pound team. Scott Logic specialises in providing bespoke software applications for the financial sector so creating an app such as this was second nature to us and allowed us to apply our expertise with modern mobile app frameworks.”
“The new app removes any of the perceived barriers for both retailers and the consumer and payment can quite literally be made at the touch of a button; users can now access their account and transfer money from any mobile device. In the financial sector mobile is key and having a fully functional mobile application which can be used across both apple and android devices is one of the biggest hurdles for a business to overcome and we’ve done just that.”
He added: “As well as supporting our local community, getting involved with projects like this allows our developers to explore new and exciting technologies and test the capabilities of new open source software, making it a win win for both parties.
“We’ve created an app which uses the latest software technology which we know meets the needs of customers today and in to the future and we strongly hope provides a real boost for the Bristol Pound project and our city in general.”
Ciaran Mundy, CEO at Bristol Pound said: “We are confident that the new app will play a major part in our ongoing growth. In five short years, Bristol Pound has come a long way: more than £5 million Bristol Pounds have been spent; 80,000 transactions have been made; more than 830 business have registered and nearly 1,500 individuals have set up electronic accounts. This new improved technology will make it easier for businesses and customers to use Bristol Pounds and we are confident of much greater adoption across the city.
“The greater the adoption, the greater the benefits to the local economy and the local independent businesses which make Bristol the vibrant and iconic city that we all love.”
He added: “Scott Logic deserve huge recognition for the invaluable contribution they have made to the ongoing success of the Bristol Pound project and therefore the wider local economy.”
The Bristol Pound app is available to download for free from app stores now. For more information visit bristolpound.org