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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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Brixton businesses to benefit from new app

dingo_02It has been a long time coming, but we’re excited to say that we’re nearly ready to launch an innovative new B£ app. For existing users it will mean functionality like easy account top up, a map of where you can spend B£, and a faster payment system. For new users it will allow you to sign up on the spot.

Businesses will also be able to create their own content and communicate this directly to B£ users. Check out our press release here. We are planning to launch the app in July so keep an eye out for announcements! #YourPound

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