Category Archives: Pay-by-text

Local energy, local people, local money

Earlier this year we wrote about the launch of Brixton Energy Solar 1. The good news is that the project has been even more successful than was hoped for. The solar panels have generated more electricity than expected.

Brixton Energy Solar 1: The Brixton Energy team at Elmore House – before and after photo; January 2012 and April 2012. Photo credit: Tim Mitchell http://www.timmitchell.co.uk/

Following on from the success, the fabulous team at Brixton Energy have now launched their second 2nd share offer. This will see the installation of 45kW of solar panels on the roofs of the Loughborough Estate in Brixton. The project will be 100% community owned giving local investors a share of the profits, with the remaining profit created being used to help address fuel poverty in Brixton through the Community Energy Efficiency Fund, right across the 20 year life span of the project.

The exciting thing is that this time round you’re able to buy shares and receive returns in Brixton Energy Solar 2 in Brixton Pounds. Local energy, paid for by local investors, using local money! We believe this is another U.K. first! Simply read the relevant documentation, complete and send the application form and make a B£e pay-by-text payment to brixtonenergy.

Brixton Energy Solar 2 site. Five Styles Gardens flats.

Co-founder and project manager of Brixton Energy, Agamemnon Otero, said “This is a true community project that has been enabled through the donation of over 1000 hours time invested by a variety of local people who are committed to a clean energy future. It’s great to see the launch of Brixton Energy Solar 2 and the continued support and commitment from local people. Pioneering inner-city co-operatively owned renewable energy projects has been challenging, but we are proving that with the right skills, dedication and commitment, we can all take steps to make clean energy a reality, and we hope other community groups across the UK will be inspired to take action. We want to make Brixton Energy a shining example of inner city community resilience for the next 20 years”.

Brixton really is at the forefront of sustainability innovation in the U.K. Be part of the revolution and invest in Brixton Energy Solar 2!

Pempamsie – the gem on Brixton Hill

This week we’re featuring a little gem on Brixton Hill that has been trading for 19 years – Pempamsie. Pempamsie which means ‘unity is strength’ sell a wide variety of products. From black interest books to natural beauty and health products, home furnishings and jewellery it would be difficult to visit without something taking your fancy!

Watch Basil tell you a little about his wonderful business.

Pempamsie also specialize in picture framing – in fact they framed some old Brixton Pound notes for us a few weeks ago and did an incredible job!

So whether you’re looking for a stylist gift or a treat for yourself, top up your pay-by-text account and visit this little gem.

Pempamsie are open Monday to Saturday 10am – 7pm.

 

 

Business Rates are live!

Brixton Pound businesses are now able to pay their business rates to Lambeth Council using electronic Brixton Pounds. This will give local independent businesses an additional way to spend their B£e balance. The first business to do this was Casa Morita . Watch the short video of Sarahgwen talking about her business and about the Brixton Pound.

We’re excited to be the first local currency in the U.K. to be accepted by the council in payment for business rates. Thank you to Lambeth Council for working with us to make this possible!

Keep an eye out for more exciting announcements in the near future!

Payroll Local to launch in September!

Today we announced a new way for Lambeth Council’s 3,000 staff to support their local community – Payroll Local will launch this autumn. Payroll local is a scheme that will allow all Lambeth Council employees to receive a small portion of their salary in electronic Brixton Pounds (B£e). They can then spend their B£e with local, independent businesses or donate to local charities and social enterprises. Employees who wish to be part of the scheme will receive an additional 10% on the proportion of salary they put into their online B£ account.

Derrick Anderson (pictured), Chief Executive of Lambeth Council, has already committed to receiving part of his salary in B£es.

This is excellent news for local, independent, Brixton businesses who are likely to see increased trade as a result. It is also great news for our community, as more money will stick to Brixton, directly benefiting local residents. In additon, the scheme will offer a convenient way to donate to local charities, social enterprises and community groups that may not be reached by corporate payroll giving schemes.

The Brixton Pound’s managing director Simon Woolf commented “Payroll Local is one of a number of innovative schemes that we’re launching this year – It’s vital for the Brixton Pound’s ongoing success that we don’t stand still. We’re absolutely delighted to have support from Lambeth Council at the highest level, as they are one of the most important financial players in our community.

You can find out more about Payroll Local by watching this short video or by checking out our frequently asked questions page. Note that the video was put together a few months ago and there are now 72 businesses accepting pay-by-text, with more joining the scheme every week!

When you hear the words…

… ‘Barber de Seville’, maybe you think about the famous opera or perhaps even the funny Bugs Bunny sketch where Bugs makes a fruit salad on Elmer Fudd’s head. Well – a growing number of us in Brixton think of one of our favorite barber shops in the heart of Brixton.

The Barber de Seville has now been open for 11 months (happy 11 month birthday!) and has been a great success with locals. With its trendy interior, friendly staff and long opening hours it has quickly grown to establish itself as one of the leading men’s hairdressers in Brixton. I got my haircut there last week and am incredibly pleased with it!

It is especially popular with pay-by-text Brixtonites giving them the opportunity to support the local economy in a convenient, hassle-free way.

Dorian (pictured above) has no resemblance to Bugs Bunny but was a little shy in wanting to appear on video (see our previous blog). You are likely to see Dorian in house or in the Brixton area. If you see him, please say hello!

So – if you have a date tonight, a job interview tomorrow and just need a haircut today – pop into The Barber de Seville and pay using money that sticks to Brixton.

Opening hours:

Monday:10am to 8pm
Tuesday:10am to 8pm
Wednesday:10am to 8pm
Thursday:10am to 8pm
Friday:10am to 8pm
Saturday:9am to 6pm
Sunday:11am to 5pm

Join us for our belated Christmas party!

Happy New Year everyone, we hope 2012 brings health, happiness and prosperity to all.

Kaff's cool counter's mural

So with Christmas now really and truly out of the way…well we decided to postpone our Christmas party until mid-January when we thought we would be in serious need of cheering up.  But let’s just remove the ‘Christmas’ and focus on the ‘party’!

We hope you and your friends and loved ones can join us on the night, Thu 19th January from 6:30pm at Kaff Bar.

Kaff Bar are both on our paper and electronic currency schemes, so plenty chance to play with your phones on the night.

There will be DJs and some finger food, and more importantly a great crowd of Brixton residents and businesses to socialise and network with.   We shall also be  at hand to sign up any newbies onto our amazing Pay by Text service, for which you get a 10% automatically added to your account every time you top it up.

Other than that, it’ll be an informal evening of drinks, nibbles, chats and DJ’s spinning their tunes.

We look forward to seeing you then!

Pay by Text or On-line with B£…Coming Soon!

The Brixton Pound team is excited to announce that from the end of September you will be able to pay by text or on-line for goods in local independent shops and businesses using Brixton Pounds.  The Brixton Pound Pay by Text or On-line pilot scheme will be launched at the Brixton Pound’s second birthday on Thursday 29 September 2011.

You will be able to register and set-up an on-line Brixton Pound account from Tuesday 6th September 2011. Once set-up, you can top-up your Brixton Pound account via standing order or transfer from your current account. You will then be able to pay for goods either by text or on-line in an instant at any of the local independent shops that are taking part in the Brixton Pound Pay by Text or On-line pilot.

The Brixton Pound pay by text and pay on-line pilot is an exciting new scheme supported by the latest mobile phone and on-line technology. It will make transactions easier for customers and businesses, opening up more opportunities for local trade and strengthening our local economy and community in the face of recession.

A dedicated webpage on the Brixton Pound website will be available from Monday 5 September 2011. It will give you all the details on how to register, how it works and the businesses that are signed up to the Brixton Pound Pay by Text or On-line pilot. So watch this space!

 

The Brixton Pound is a Community Interest Company (CIC 07635113) that supports local independent businesses and a stronger and more sustainable local economy.