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B£ App is here!

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We’re happy to announce that from today, the iPhone owners among our users can start using our new and fully-functioning mobile app*!

A collaborative project with Czech start up Dingo, we’re confident that this is going to mark the start of a much-improved B£ user experience. We will be using the app as our go-to platform for innovation in the future, but starting today users can benefit from new functionality such as:

A much faster, automated payment process

We’ve placed a number of bluetooth devices in some B£ locations. When you go into one of these locations, go into the app and provided that your bluetooth is switched on, it will already know that you are in that store. All you then have to do it click pay, type in the amount and click send! If the store doesn’t have a bluetooth device then you can just select it from a drop-down menu. And if all else fails, or you’re just feeling a bit old-school, then there’s always good ol’ pay-by-text at hand.

Discover more Brixton

Ever wondered where else you can spend the B£? You can browse the in-app location map on the spot to see where accepts the B£.

Leave your wallet at home

We know that many people would use the B£ more if only they had credit readily available on their phone. Those days are now over. Using Stripe, you can link your bank card to your B£ account and easily top up as and when you need.

Like the sound of it? Well it’s all yours. Get started over at Brixtonapp.org to download it or go straight to the app store and then let us know how you get on with this next step in the B£ story. Tweet us @brixtonpound using the hashtag #brixtonapp, or just send us an email to let us know your thoughts and ideas on how we can make it even better.

*We know that many B£ users are on Android – me included – so the development of this version is very much a priority! Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long. – Tom

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#YourPound: Meet the Trader: Live the Wheel

This blog post is by Hayley James, who is researching the Brixton Pound as part of her MA in Social Anthropology

Stuart Taylor is the man behind Live the Wheel, a bicycle repair service in Brixton, and one of our B£ traders. He bases his business from his home near Brixton Hill, having started the business while he was a stay at home dad. Stuart has an excellent knowledge of bike maintenance and repair having worked as a cycle courier for many years.

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Stuart’s customers are mainly local Brixton people, who like the flexibility of getting their bikes repaired so close to home. Stuart offers a really convenient, tailored service, where you can drop your bike off before work and pick it up after by arrangement. He’s a really helpful and friendly guy so I would recommend giving him a call if there’s anything you need in the realm of bicycle repair, especially because he offers a 10% discount for B£ customers. photo 3 (1)

Stuart has accepted Brixton pounds for a year or so, as he thinks it is good to support local businesses. He often uses the B£ he earns for eating out and food shopping – in fact we recently bumped into Stuart enjoying the Big Lunch using his B£ to help raise money for the Brixton Soup Kitchen! Stuart is also one of the organisers of The Brixton Book Jamm which takes place at the Hootenanny, which is great for all book lovers. You can find out more at http://www.brixtonbookjam.com/.

To contact Live the Wheel bicycle repair service, call Stuart on 07960963552.

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New special edition B£ note – nominate your Brixton hero

Paper notes, remember them?

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While it is true that the vast majority of B£ is now spent electronically, our notes remain popular with people in Brixton and beyond, and it’s not hard to see why. Designed by local artists and following heavy consultation with residents over who they wanted to see appear on the notes, they are a celebration of the history, art, politics and cultures of Brixton.

The figures on the notes are rightly celebrated for their achievements and deserving of the term “Brixton Hero”. However we feel that heroes should not be the preserve of the famous or public figure. We believe that there are heroes on every street in Brixton, those who run youth groups, help the elderly, clean our streets, create jobs for others, dish up great food, campaign for economic, social and environmental justice, and many more.

This year, to mark the 5th year of the Brixton Pound, we want to put the spotlight on these people and give them the ultimate immortal accolade – presence on a new special edition Brixton Pound note. Who are these people? That’s for you to decide. Over the next few weeks we’re going to be asking people to nominate their Brixton hero, starting at the Lambeth Country Show where you can come and write your suggestion on our enlarged note. You can also email [email protected] with the word HERO in the subject and a nomination, along with why you think this person is a Brixton Hero.

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