Exeter Pound

Exeter Pound

About the Project

The Exeter Pound (£E) was a form of local complementary currency, or community currency launched in Exeter, UK on 1 September 2015.[1] Its objective was to ensure more money was spent with local and independent businesses. It was one of the many alternatives in the UK to the official sterling currency. It was discontinued on 30 September 2018

Our Aims:

  • To raise awareness about the importance of buying from local and independent businesses.

The Story So Far

Previous to the Exeter Pound, local currencies were launched in the UK in Bristol (2012),[4] Totnes (2006),[5] Lewes (2008), Brixton (2009)[6] and Stroud (2010).

The Exeter Pound was a local and community currency that was designed to improve the local economy of Exeter.[7] It aimed to support independent local traders and enhance local economic activity. The scheme was run by the Exeter Pound Community Interest Company.[8] It made a profit by setting an “expiry date” on each note, as identified in small print on the note itself, after which it could not be spent.

Exeter Pound CIC made the decision to discontinue the currency on 30 September 2018. Ian Martin, the company’s director, claimed that societal moves toward cashless transactions and lack of regulatory framework to develop its own digital currency were key factors.[3]

    How to Get Involved

    Exeter Pound is now closed. However if you are interested in local economics please see our Economics working group.