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Bristol Pound: Building Community Connection

In 2012 the first “Bristol Pound” was spent by the Lord Mayor on a loaf of bread. Since then, the Bristol Pound has become internationally recognised as a trend-setter in the local currency world.

The Bristol Pound is the UK’s first city-wide local currency, designed to encourage people to spend money with local, independent businesses in the area. It's a complementary currency that can be used alone or alongside the national currency. The Bristol Pound is run as a not-for-profit partnership between the Bristol Pound Community Interest Company and Bristol Credit Union.

Delivered by Scott Logic

  • User-led functionality: the new app's features were requested by users. These include the ability to make payments by phone, view transaction history, and filter by business type on the interactive map
  • Weekly UX and development iterations: the team moved from wireframes to prototype in weekly iterations, delivering regular updates and beta versions of the software
  • Open source software: in keeping with the spirit of the Bristol Pound, the software is open source and available on GitLab
We didn’t just end up with a great new open source app for finding traders and making payments. As an organisation, we also now understand far better how to make the right tech dev happen faster.

Ciaran Mundy, Bristol Pound CEO