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Wadebridge Launches New Local Currency – The Wren

Spend money in Wadebridge, keep the High Street strong, and help build the Community Fund!
Wadebridge now has its own local currency – the Wren (Wr). 
 
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The beauty of using this currency is that for every Wren redeemed, a percentage is put back into the Community Fund.  Many shop keepers and businesses in Wadebridge have kindly agreed to donate 10% of the Wrens they receive, so for every Wr25 redeemed, £2.50 will go directly in to the Community Fund.  This fund is then used to benefit the local projects, so money spent in Wadebridge stays in Wadebridge.  And because Wrens can only be spent with local, independent traders, they benefit the local economy rather than see profits disappear up country.
 
Initially introduced as an incentive for various low carbon schemes affiliated to WREN, the currency is now available from the Energy Shop where anyone can purchase Wrens and use them in participating businesses.
 
With so many businesses participating in the scheme, Wrens make the perfect gift for local people, so next time you are stuck for present, why not give them Wrens, and feel good about the fact that you actively doing something that will benefit the town.  Dominic Walford, Chair of the Wadebridge and District Chamber of Commerce said, “The Chamber is fully behind this exciting initiative in our move towards becoming a low carbon town. It is another way in which we are making sure that the centre of Wadebridge thrives, whatever problems there are in the wider economy.”
 
WREN is working hard to bring you further initiatives that incorporate the Wr’s just like the amazing offer from Hawkins Motors, whereby anyone purchasing a new electric car will automatically receive 200 Wr’s. Click here to find out more about this great offer.
 
If you use incentives as part of your business strategy, whether that is for customers or staff, then talk to WREN today about how you could continue to reward people but help the local community at the same time.
 
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Laura Knightly spending the first Wr25 at ArtyCrafts on Molesworth Street
 
The image featured on the front of the new Wr25 note is "The Wren Sings" by local artist Elizabeth-Jane Grose, while the reverse side bears a drawing of Wadebridge's eponymous bridge.
 
In July 2014, a new Wr5 denomination note was introduced, designed by local schoolchildren Izzy Gregson and Maisy New. The serial number of '1' of each note was presented to the Wadebridge Museum.
 

Use Your Wrens at Any of the Following Wadebridge Businesses

Allium
Alexander & Co
ArtyCrafts (both shops)
Astons Carpets
Babes n Bikes
Bloom Room Flowers
Bricknells Stationery
Bricknells Toys and Nursery
Bridge Bistro
Brooks & Jeal
Carraways Cafe
Cleanearth
David Wood (Domestic Energy Assessor)
Delicia
Depicture Photoshop
Elixir Health
Fusion
Glanvilles
Helen Sanderson Dressmaker
Hobgoblin
Impress51
Indigo Clothing
Little Living
Local Eyes
Lola Smith Clothing
Manna Tea Room
Matchbox
Michael Scott Photography
Natural Radiance Reflexology
One Step Ahead
Relish
River Spa Wadebridge
Rural Urban
Senta
Shooting Star
Sticky Fingers Nursery
The Barber Shop
The Bridge on Wool
The Carpet Trader
The Glasshouse
The Heat Store
The North Cornwall Advertiser (payment against advertising!)
The Picture and Coffee House
The Shoe Boy
The Vine
Tile Italia
Trelawney Garden Centre
Vivienne's Fashion Fabrics
Wadebridge Bookshop
Wadebridge Wines
Warnes Restaurant & Bar (Former TC's)
Woolacotts
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