About ABCUL

A co-operative of co-operatives

The Association of British Credit Unions Limited:

  • is the main trade association for credit unions in Britain
  • is a co-operative of co-operatives, governed by volunteer directors
  • represents credit unions to governments, policy makers and the media
  • provides a full range of information, training and development services to help its members grow as sustainable financial services providers

The majority of credit unions in England, Scotland and Wales choose to join ABCUL and the Association represents the majority of the British credit union movement on every key measure - number of credit unions, number of members served by credit unions, and assets. You can view a full list of our credit unions here.

Our dedicated staff team is committed to making a difference to credit unions in Great Britain. We provide a full range of advice, training and development services to help our member credit unions grow as sustainable, thriving financial co-operatives.

Our Vision

Credit unions will become the primary source of affordable, high quality and ethical financial services for the people of Great Britain.

Our Mission

To be the principal, democratically-governed representative body of the credit union movement in Great Britain and to provide credit unions with the leadership, services and assistance they require to meet the financial needs and aspirations of the people of this country.

Join us

If your credit union is not already a member and wants to find out more about what we offer then please call us on 0161 832 3694 and speak to Marcus or John.

What our members say about us

ABCUL's Four Themes

Our dedicated and highly-rated service is structured with four themes: lead facilitate represent and serve. 

Lead

ABCUL represents 70% of affiliated credit unions in Great Britain and has delivered £50 million of value to credit unions over the last few years (The equivalent of £160,000 per credit union).
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Represent

ABCUL represents credit unions to governments, policy makers and the media – promoting and defending your interests.
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Serve

ABCUL provides a full range of information, training and development services to help your business grow as a sustainable financial services provider.
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Facilitate

ABCUL facilitates networks of credit unions to support cross-sector sharing, learning and support including the largest annual gathering in the sector.
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We are a Living Wage Employer

 

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We are delighted to be an accredited Living Wage Employer by the Living Wage Foundation. ABCUL meets the standards set by Citizens and the Living Wage Foundation by signing the ‘UK Living Wage Employer’ license agreement.