The World’s First Local Currency Cash Machine Opens In Brixton

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The Brixton Pound (B£) has been around since 2009. It is money that ‘sticks to Brixton’ and was designed in order to support Brixton businesses and encourage local trade and production. Banknotes carry images of local heroes, including David Bowie and Luol Deng, as well as pieces of Brixton public art and has been designed by local creatives, for example Jeremy Deller, the British artist who won the Turner Prize in 2004. It is the only local currency of its kind in London, and thus it comes with great joy to announce there is now the world’s FIRST local currency machine open. Dispensing…you guessed it! The B£!

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The Brixton Pound (B£) ATM in Market Row dispenses special Brixton bank notes, which can only be spent in the area, which includes more than 300 local independent businesses, including shops, bars, and restaurants. The cash machine, which was designed and produced by local independent and creative agency Kind Studio, has been funded by the London Mayor’s High Street Fund and is also supported by Lambeth Council, through Payroll Local, which is a scheme that allows council staff to turn some of their salary directly into electronic Brixton Pound (B£e). While Payroll Local is optional, those who participate can then use their B£ balance to buy their lunch, go shopping, use services around Brixton, or donate to local charities.

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The ATM can be found in, Market Row, part of the covered market between Coldharbour Lane, Atlantic Road, and Electric Avenue, and is available during market opening hours.

Featured Image Credit: BrixtonBuzz

Lucy Bloxham

Lucy Bloxham

To improve her employability Lucy decided to do a Masters in Shakespeare. Her favourite play is Much Ado About Nothing - appropriate considering she’s now been at university for almost five years... Growing up in Newcastle, Lucy always wanted to be a travel journalist. Someone needs to tell her that going to Zone 5 every now and again does not count.