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For almost 30 years, Blues and Twos Credit Union has been passionate about improving the financial well-being of all its members and this month achieved the milestone of surpassing 15,000 members.  Established in 1992, Blues and Twos provide savings and loans for local police officers, and has steadily grown and developed, now serving all emergency services and councils within Lancashire and Cumbria. ...
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World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) made history as it was looking back on it Wednesday, closing out the first-ever virtual World Credit Union Conference with a celebration of its 50th anniversary. The week-long event came to a close with  a video featuring outgoing WOCCU President and CEO Brian Branch  talking about the value credit unions provide people of all income groups, the history of the ...
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A £500 new education grant to help young people continue in further education has been made in memory of a founder of Just Credit Union. In memory of Roger Walker, a founder member, long time chair and board member, the award is intended to help young people who live in the region to continue in further education. Applications are open now and close on August 8. Karen Farrow, Chief Officer of Just ...
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The first all-virtual World Credit Union Conference welcomed 1,100 attendees from more than 30 countries.  World Council Board Chair Rafał Matusiak, who also serves as President of Poland’s National Association of Cooperative Savings and Credit Unions (NACSCU), welcomed attendees by thanking them for serving as financial first responders for their members during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I hope the ...
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In the heart of inner-city Liverpool sits a community garden area built by Central Liverpool Credit Union. The credit union created a garden for the whole community to enjoy. This month, BBC News visited the garden and spoke with Central Liverpool Credit Union’s CEO, Eileen Halligan.  “We’ve had some amazing volunteers who have put everything into the Central Liverpool to make it what it is today,” ...
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This month, Serve and Protect CU is pleased to announce a merger with Durham Constabulary Credit Union (DCCU) – welcoming their 958 members and £2million in savings. The merger, which was approved by the DCCU members after the recommendation of their Board of Directors will be completed in early September 2021. It will provide DCCU members with a wider range of products and services, including ...
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Smart Money Cymru Credit Union   has bucked national trends in key areas of lending, membership and asset growth despite the Lockdown. Bank of England (BoE) figures show that, in the six months to June, Smart Money Cymru Credit Union (SMCCU) saw a massive 35% uplift in loans to its members. In Wales, credit union lending rose 9% and in England, it increased by 2%. Mark White, Chief Executive of ...
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As part of its North Ayrshire Recovery Plan, Local Councillor, Joe Cullinane has agreed to make a £150,000 grant to 1st Alliance (Ayrshire) Credit Union. “The pandemic has left many families struggling financially and the grant will help 1st Alliance provide access to fair credit, helping to prevent people from going to high-cost loan sharks when in need,” says Joe. Community Wealth Building is ...
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Medway Credit Union is a community-based credit union open to anyone who lives or works in Medway or Swale. This month, it was pleased to announce the opening of its new office in Rainham. Rosie Evans, Treasurer of Medway Credit Union said “We are looking forward to welcoming old and new members alike to our new site. We thank the Pentagon for hosting us for the last nine years. As well as our new ...
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A recent article published by  Metro , asks readers that if they have never investigated how a credit union could help their finances, perhaps it is time to take a look. Speaking to Metro, Robert Kelly, Chief Executive of ABCUL, says that there has been a ‘wrong perception’ in the past that a credit union was a ‘poor man’s bank’. The reality is that’s not the case. ‘Credit unions are offering competitive ...
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The 2021 UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Women list was launched this morning by  Great Place to Work® UK , recognising Serve and Protect CU among 114 ranked organisations. Benedict Gautrey, Managing Director of Great Place to Work® UK, explains: “We’re delighted to recognise so many great organisations in this fourth year of the UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Women list. The issues affecting women in the workplace, ...
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World Council of Credit Unions’ Board of Directors has selected Elissa McCarter LaBorde as the organisation’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. The new leader of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) brings more than 20 years of experience heading international financial inclusion and microfinance efforts.  “A very warm welcome to Elissa in her new role leading the World Council of ...
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