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...
Active Money 2

Active Money 2

On 22nd September 2015 we wrote about the possibility of more countries reducing interest rates to below 0%. We are now seeing more countries introducing negative interest rates, the latest one being Sweden who have lowered their interest rate from -0.35 to -0.5%....
A Dam

A Dam

Small river dams provide a wide range of economic, environmental and social benefits including recreation, flood control, water supply, water power, waste management and wildlife habitat.  What has this got to do with a local currency like Kingston Pound? Well, money...
Active Money

Active Money

The speed at which money changes hands in the UK is generally falling. There are rumours of interest rates becoming ‘negative’ to encourage people to spend rather than keep money in the bank. In other words there would be a fee for the privilege of keeping money...
Helpers needed

Helpers needed

We need additional helpers to share increasing workload. Anyone can join in, there is plenty to do and you can either use your existing skills or maybe learn some new ones. We are looking in particular for people with the following skills (or who want to acquire...