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In the last week, ABCUL’s Town Hall Consultation events have visited Taunton, Cardiff and Birmingham. A total of 66 credit union professionals from 46 credit unions attended three different town hall events in the space of seven days, ABCUL Chief Executive, Robert Kelly described as “a great experience for me and the ABCUL staff. Despite each region  having its own local identity as a credit ...
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Last week, Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire Credit Union (CNED CU) celebrated 21 years of service to its community. It has been a year of importance for the credit union, following a recent office move to expand services to members, a change in leadership and also reaching the milestone of 5,000 members. Over 75 guests attended the special event last week, with a mixture of the credit ...
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Last week, in Birmingham, 24 credit union staff members and Directors from across England, Scotland and Wales, attended the annual ABCUL Forum Officers’ Conference. ABCUL’s strategy for Forums for the last three years has been to provide greater support to enable volunteer Forum Officers’ to work together to deliver consistent, quality events for members across the 9 national and regional Forums. ...
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  ABCUL has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment in this week’s Programme for Government to launch a £10 million Credit Union Investment Fund, which aims to assist credit unions to grow and help more people save and borrow. The announcement states that the fund will be launched in the Spring of 2020. The Government also commits to developing a national strategy to aid the growth of the ...
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Plane Saver Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in the UK, has just announced it has hit 15,000 active members. Plane Saver has been helping its members since 1993, providing financial services to employees of organisations including British Airways and the Ministry of Defence. With now over 15,000 members, Plane Saver has seen record membership growth in this year across its payroll ...
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Last week, ABCUL's North West Forum participated in a one-off training event delivered by Barclays, in Manchester city centre. "It was fantastic for us to be able to share our knowledge and expertise with local credit unions as we see the huge value and importance they provide to our local communities," said Branch Manager at Barclays and Director of Cashbox Credit Union, Ben Goodwin. Sessions ...
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The St Albans District Credit Union has recently secured a grant of £10,000 from National Lottery Lotteries for All, to be used towards the costs of relocating its office within St Albans. "We are delighted to receive this grant which will greatly assist our move. It will further our growth and development, whilst extending credit union services in the community" says Chairman, Colin Metcalfe. ...
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Over the past two weeks, the hugely successful television series, ‘A Matter of Life & Debt’ returned for its third season, airing on prime time BBC One. A Matter of Life and Debt explores the important and life changing work carried out by credit unions up and down the country. The series tells the story of credit unions and some other community lenders, through the eyes of the staff and ...
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This week in Glasgow, a total of 92 people from 36 credit unions attended the third ABCUL Town Hall Consultation event. “I was immensely proud to host ABCUL’s third Town Hall Consultation event, in my home city of Glasgow, earlier this week. Being part of Scotland’s credit union sector, for the past 15 years, I have a clear understanding and awareness of the challenges and dilemmas facing Scottish ...
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Central Liverpool Credit Union is celebrating a landmark milestone of 30 years of service to its community. Chief Executive, Eileen Halligan said: “Over 30 years, we’ve become a valuable asset to the community and something to be extremely proud of. What started in a small community centre has grown to provide safe savings and ethical loans to over 12,000 members throughout Liverpool.  Here’s ...
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A new digital transformation and a ‘join to borrow & save’ loan are being implemented at Stirling Credit Union to improve its valued services and grow its membership to the wider community. “This is a new strategy to be a more modern, accessible credit union for many years to come,” says Chair of SCU, Gordon Stewart. Over the last few months, the credit union has been working hard to ...
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Commsave recently hosted a visit of international students.  The students were participating in a programme in partnership with the University of Northampton.  Abi Wicks from the university explained “The University is hosting an Academic Partnerships Office Summer programme, a high profile two-week social exchange visit for overseas MBA and Post graduate students. This is a unique educational ...
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