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Pennine Community Credit Union opens new branch on Burnley High Street

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16 Nov 18

Pennine Community Credit Union opened its new branch in its town’s high street alongside the Mayor of Burnley.

The special event marked a new beginning for the credit union providing much needed financial services on Burnley’s high street. Speeches from the Mayor of Burnley, Charlie Briggs, Julie Cooper MP for Burnley and ABCUL President Karen Bennett spoke of delight to see PCCU support its community in a period it needs it most.

Mayor Charlie Briggs cut the ribbon to officially open the branch which will offer its saving and borrowing services six days a week. The Mayor said: “I am happy to see PCCU on Burnley’s high street, it is good for the town and its people to be able to access much needed services”.

The new branch has been totally renovated to include a private interview room and cashier desks for account holders to deposit and withdraw. Speaking about PCCU and their impact in the community, Julie Cooper MP said: “At a time when local people are experiencing low wages or worrying about the expensive Christmas period it is good know the credit union are here to help”.

Julie also expressed her excitement that PCCU launched a new website called ‘PCCU Own Comforts’, in partnership with local social enterprise SPE Furnishings. The website stocks a wide range of furniture and electricals such as washing machines, TVs and computer consoles. Julie added: “It is great to know that PCC U Own Comforts will be offering an ethical alternative to the pay weekly stores, which charge local residents high levels of interest”.

Amongst the large number of attendees were figures from the UK credit union movement. Karen Bennett, President of ABCUL gave a speech offering support from the association as well as sharing experience from Enterprise Credit Union. Karen said: “The branch looks great, I am sure it will be a success and I know from Enterprise you will provide services that many people in community need”.

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