The Lewes Pound may be expanded to allow shoppers to use the currency electronically.
Launched in 2008, the Lewes Pound supports local independent businesses, encourages local producers and attracts visitors to Lewes.
Nikki Plummer from the East Sussex Credit Union said: “We welcome the idea of an electronic Lewes Pound. Working together using the secure financial platform of the Credit Union has the potential to bring benefits to the wider community of Lewes and the surrounding areas.”
More than 100 businesses accept Lewes Pounds and more than 1,000 LP are spent every month.
Fiona Kay from award winning Cheese Please on Lewes High Street, said: “We have customers who use Lewes Pounds regularly. An electronic Lewes Pound sounds a great idea and worth exploring.”
Electronic currencies are used in Bristol and Brixton.
The Lewes Pound is seeking a paid part-time researcher for a short project to look at the merits of introducing an electronic version.
To apply contact The Lewes Pound Community Interest Company at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 19. An open meeting will discuss the study at the Rights of Man pub at 7.30pm, May 19, all are welcome.
The Lewes Pound said it is grateful for the support of Bill’s, Cheese Please, Frank Richards & Sons, Harveys, Just Trade Food Co-op, Knill James, Laportes, 50 Sheep, Lewes Town Council, South Downs National Park, Pelham House and Transition Town Lewes.
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