The big takeover

Its like the best military campaign ever. First you identify your prey, in this instance a local high street. You notice all the potential footfall that can attract away when you open your big box mega store just out of town. Footfall in the high street dwindles and a...
Growth or Efficiency

Growth or Efficiency

Economists typically compare the relative performance of countries by using Gross Domestics Product, or GDP. This is the monetary value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country’s borders in a specific time period. There seems to be an obsession...
The Kingston Pound Bridge

The Kingston Pound Bridge

What is Kingston Pound trying to do? The answer is it is trying to build a bridge between Businesses and the Community. That is not to say that bridges don’t already exist because they do. It’s just that these bridges originate from one side or the other. For example,...
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...