Budget 2016 and Business Rates

Budget 2016 and Business Rates

Small businesses with a high street presence will now benefit from budget changes that give them a similar deal to on-line businesses on ‘cyberstreet’.This is great news for Kingston small businesses isn’t it? Perhaps not. This article suggests that when business...
More Than a Method of Payment

More Than a Method of Payment

From the start Kingston Pound has tried to be more than a method of payment. It is trying to strengthen the bond between local businesses on the high street and ‘cyberstreet’ and us, the community. Money transactions are also opportunities for social interactions...
Efficiency or growth?

Efficiency or growth?

You often read about economic performance being expressed as GDP (Gross Domestic Product). This is the monetary measure of the ‘output’ of a country and is used for international comparison. What if there was a limit to this growth and what if going forward there was...
Busking in Kingston Upon Thames

Busking in Kingston Upon Thames

I was walking through Kingston last weekend and was amazed by the sheer talent of our town centre buskers. Some of these acts generate a bit of a crowd and all of them have the obligatory open guitar case into which we drop our change. It occurred to me that they...