Shoppers in Bristol will be able to buy goods using a new currency from today.
The idea of the Bristol Pound is to keep money in the local economy, by spending it with independent traders.
230 businesses have already signed up to the currency. Its creators hope to print a million pounds in the first year.
Trials of a new local currency begin today.
Nine businesses and fifty people will be using the 'Bristol Pound' ahead of its official launch in September.
The aim of the scheme is to keep money in the city's economy and encourage people to use local businesses.
With the Euro in the state it's in, you might think now is not the best time to launch a new currency. But in two months' time, that's what will happen in Bristol. 230 businesses have already signed up to accept the Bristol Pound.
It's being launched on September 19th. Its creators hope to print a million pounds in the first year. Tanya Mercer reports.