Crownsavers Merger with Lewisham Plus Credit Union

By cunews posted 05-09-2023 18:47:53


Lewisham Plus Credit Union Limited (which trades as Lewisham + Bromley Credit Union) and Crownsavers Credit Union Limited, are delighted to announce that their members have agreed for Crownsavers to merge with Lewisham Plus.

The merger will create a stronger, more resilient credit union dedicated to serving the communities of the London Boroughs of Bromley and Lewisham, and represents a significant milestone in the promotion of financial wellbeing and inclusion in South-East London.

The new, combined credit union will have over 16,500 members, including over 1,400 junior savers and 53 corporate members Five local branches, in Catford, New Cross, South Lewisham, St Paul’s Cray, and Sydenham. Total savings of more than £15.8m and total loans of more than £8.2m. 17 employer payroll partnerships, with organisations including London Borough of Lewisham, and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

Mark Plummer, President of the merged credit union, says: “It has never been more important that people in Bromley and Lewisham, and across the UK, have access to affordable, ethical credit and a range of other financial services.

“Financial exclusion is a real threat to our communities; the knock-on impact of not being able to access the basic financial services that many of us take for granted can create hardship and prevent people from playing a full role in their community. The expanded, strengthened credit union will enhance our ability to provide affordable financial services, promote financial literacy, and build the financial resilience of our community.”

By merging the expertise, resources, and shared values of both organisations, Lewisham Plus Credit Union will provide a range of savings and loan products, while enhancing operational efficiency and expanding its reach within the community. Members will benefit from a stronger and more diversified credit union, with an increased physical presence.

Lewisham Plus Credit Union Limited, established in 1992, provides the residents and workers of Lewisham and Bromley with accessible savings solutions, ethical and affordable loans, and financial education, through its network of four branches, playing a vital role in helping members achieve their financial goals.