Shopping street turns cashless

A shopping street is going cashless for the day as part of a "social experiment".

Shops on a Manchester street will be going cashless for one day
Shops on a Manchester street will be going cashless for one day

A bakery, a hairdressers, a convenience store, a deli, bars, restaurants and boutiques are among stores in Beech Road, Chorlton, Manchester, to trade without notes or coins.

The innovation is the idea of card payment provider Handepay, which supplies more than 22,000 businesses across the country with card payment terminals.

Mark Latham, product and innovation director at Handepay, said: "We're carrying less cash in our pockets than ever before and Britain is at the forefront of countries heading towards being cashless because the public are always eager to embrace new technology.

"With the British Retail Consortium this month revealing that cash use has dropped 14% in the past five years and experts predicting the end of physical currency inside 20 years, this will be a reality for many consumers with developments in card and mobile payment making it easier than ever to get what you need without any cash in your pocket."