Exeter pound

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Exeter Pound
Exeter Pound Logo 1.png
PluralExeter Pounds
 Freq. used£E1, £E5, £E10, £E20
Date of introduction1 September 2015
Date of withdrawal30 September 2018
User(s) United Kingdom
Central bankExeter Pound CIC

The Exeter Pound (£E) was a form of local complementary currency, or community currency launched in Exeter, UK on 1 September 2015.[1] Its objective was to ensure more money was spent with local and independent businesses. It was one of the many alternatives in the UK to the official sterling currency. It was dissolved on 30 September 2018.[2]


The Exeter Pound was a local and community currency that was designed to improve the local economy of Exeter.[3] It aimed to support independent local traders and enhance local economic activity. The scheme was run by the Exeter Pound Community Interest Company[4] and made a profit by setting an "expiry date" on each note, which was identified in very small print on the note itself, often overlooked at the point of exchange. This meant that many notes although paid for at the equivalent value in sterling could not actually be spent if not used by the specified deadline.

Previous to the Exeter Pound, local currencies were launched in the UK in Bristol (2012),[5] Totnes (2006),[6] Lewes (2008), Brixton (2009)[7] and Stroud (2010).


  1. ^ "Exeter launches city's local currency". bbc.co.uk. 1 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Home Page - Exeter Pound". www.exeterpound.org.uk. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Exeter Pound: City Launches Own Currency". BBC West News. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2015.
  4. ^ Richardson, Gordon (1 February 2015). "Q&A: Everything you need to know about the Exeter Pound". Express & Echo. Retrieved 18 November 2015.
  5. ^ Shane Hickey (7 June 2015). "The innovators: the Bristol pound is giving sterling a run for its money". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 November 2015.
  6. ^ Rob Sharp (1 May 2008). "They don't just shop local in Totnes – they have their very own currency". The Independent. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  7. ^ Leo Hickman (16 September 2009). "Will the Brixton pound buy a brighter future?". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 September 2012.

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