July 2008

Traders Prepare for Own Currency

BBC - The new currency will be launched with 5,000 Lewes pounds.

Traders in an East Sussex town are gearing up to launch their own currency in an effort to encourage shoppers to support the local economy.

Campaigners in Lewes hope to have 30 shopkeepers signed up when they release 5,000 Lewes pounds on 9 September.

It is the idea of Transition Town Lewes, which campaigns for a more self-sufficient community, following a scheme launched in Devon last year.

People will be able to buy the currency at various locations in the town.