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Crownsavers CEO, Dolores Beckford passes away

The Board, staff and members of ABCUL are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of CEO of Crownsavers Credit Union, Dolores Beckford after a short illness. In a statement on Crownsavers' website, a spokesperson said: “Dolores has been an integral part of the Crownsavers organisation...

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South Manchester Credit Union 'Opens up' on the importance of financial resilience

In a recent interview, South Manchester Credit Union CEO, Sheenagh Young tells ‘Open Up’ Magazine about the importance of supporting local economies and building financial resilience. Last year, South Manchester Credit Union worked as part of the Greater Manchester Consortium of credit...

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ABCUL Annual Conference dates confirmed

This week, the Association is delighted to announce its first ever online conference will take place on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 March on a virtual conference platform. ABCUL’s Annual Conference which takes place in March each year, is the largest gathering of credit union personnel in...

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New report explores barriers to growing the UK’s purpose-driven finance sector

Published last month, a new report by the Finance Innovation Lab examines the potential the UK’s purpose-driven finance sector, which incudes credit unions, has to expand. According to the research, there is space for all of the players in this ecosystem to grow, particularly by...

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A Year in the Credit Union Sector

As the year edges closer to 2021, ABCUL Chief Executive, Robert Kelly reflects on what has been a memorable one for ABCUL and the credit union movement in Britain. How was 2020 for ABCUL and the wider credit union sector? A clear highlight for the sector came in March, following the...


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Credit unions highlight significant contributions to communities in Social Impact Reports

Multiple credit unions across Britain have this year published Social Impact Reports which articulate the true value of the services they provide to their members and communities. Clockwise Credit Union reported it delivers social outcomes worth more than £10m. In other words, for every £1...

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Credit union pioneers honored at Save & Sound project online ceremony

The work of the British Credit Union Historical Society has been honoured at an online signing ceremony, as the wealth of material the society has built up over many years was handed over for safe custody with the Credit Union Foundation. The BCUHS has transferred ownership of the...

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World Credit Union Conference to be held virtually in 2021

The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) has announced that its 2021 global conference will be held virtually on 14-21 July. The event was initially due to take place in Glasgow and co-hosted by ABCUL, between 11 and 14 July, but WOCCU decided a virtual format would be more appropriate due...

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Connection Credit Union celebrates its 40th anniversary

This month the longest running credit union in the South West of England, Connection Credit Union celebrates its 40 th anniversary. Back in 1980, a common bond was established for Raychem employees in Swindon yet no funding was received from Raychem, but 9 volunteers put a roadshow together...

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Oral history interviews moving online

A team of volunteer oral history interviewers are looking forward to starting the exciting task of collecting the stories of credit union pioneers from across the north of England. The Save and Sound Project has adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic by moving online and is ready to start...

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