Brixton Pound: The world’s first local currency cash machine opens in Brixton today

Brixton Pound: The world's first local currency cash machine opens in Brixton today

Today the Brixton Pound (B£) has unveiled the world’s first local currency cash machine, with the new machine dispensing currency paper notes located in Market Row.

Brixton Pound: The world's first local currency cash machine opens in Brixton today

The notes feature local heroes and personalities such as David Bowie and Luol Deng, as well as pieces of Brixton’s public art, and can be spent in over 300 independent businesses.

Funded by The Mayor’s High Street Fund, the machine forms part of a wide range of initiatives in Brixton supporting businesses in the town centre.

Brixton Pound told Brixton Buzz:

The cash machine will aid Brixton Pound in furthering its mission to showcase what a social economy might look like in Brixton. B£ is a local currency, the only one of its kind in London, designed to keep money in the area, encourage people to support independent businesses, and build community connections in Brixton.

The cash machine will give local residents an increased opportunity to spend paper B£s to support these values and imagine a better world, and help B£ achieve its vision – that a different high street is possible.

Brixton Pound: The world's first local currency cash machine opens in Brixton today

Brixton Pound’s Managing Director Tom Shakhli added:

“Our cash machine is the latest in our challenge to the conventional view that we’re moving towards a cashless society, and gives locals and visitors to Brixton an opportunity to experiment with money that celebrates community and creates conversations rather than closes them off.”

The cash machine was designed and produced by Kind Studio, a local independent creative agency and is situated in Market Row, part of a covered market between Coldharbour Lane , Atlantic Road, and Electric Avenue.

Use the machine:
The machine is available during the market’s operating hours: 8am – 11:30pm Tuesday to Sunday, and 8am – 6pm on Mondays.

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