British Credit Union Historical Society

!st Class Credit Union Ltd

1st Class Credit Union was formed in 1992 and was originally set up to serve Employees of The Royal Mail Group in Glasgow. Since then we have expanded our membership base to cover the U.K.: All Royal Mail Group employees and their families. B.T, O2, Virgin Media, Capita and Santander employees and their families. CWU members and their families, CWU employees and their families, CWU retired members and their families. In other words, all workers in the Communications Industry and their Families are able to join 1st Class Credit Union. In 2016 Ist Class Credit Union was officially awarded Fairbanking Mark a five-star rating to their personal loan products. 2018 the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen MP, and the Minister for Pensions & Financial Inclusion, Guy Opperman MP, visit 1st Class Credit Union’s operational arrangements including chatting with staff and looking at new tech developments powered by credit union supplier, Incuto. There was also an opportunity to chat to two members of staff from 1st Class Credit Union, whom in the past dealt with financial difficulties and were supported by the credit union 

Blackburn Seafield and District Credit Union

was formed in September 1994 originally for the residents in the villages of Blackburn and Seafield. Now, anyone who lives or works in the towns and villages to the west of Livingston including Harthill and Eastfield in North Lanarkshire, can join the Credit Union. In 1996 the first School Saving Scheme opened in Blackburn Primary School, this has grown to 20 School Saving Schemes where pupils save almost £40,000 a year. Through saving at school young people learn the practical side of financial education and hopefully develop a habit for life. The credit union has “Empty Your Piggy Bank Days” are provided throughout the year free of charge to be paid into a members credit union account. The credit union became a  member of ACE trade association in 2015 and  membership stood at 2700. the Credit Union offers a face to face service at  collection points in Addiewell , Bathgate, Fauldhouse, Stoneyburn, Armadale, Whitburn as well as the office in Blackburn.

10 Sycamore Walk, Blackburn, Bathgate EH47 7LQ

Castle Community Bank Credit Union Ltd

Castle Community Bank trading as North Edinburgh & Castle Credit Union formed late in 2015 following the merger of two long established credit unions: Castle and North Edinburgh, along with the members of the Water of Leith Credit Union Study Group that served the communities of Craigmillar and North Edinburgh. . The study group was set up with the aim of establishing a Credit Union in Leith. Castle Community Bank has built on this proud heritage to extend its reach to people across Edinburgh and the Lothians, and now across Scotland thanks to its association with FEA UK.  They share FEA’s belief that the best way to fight financial exploitation is to educate the general population on how to effectively manage their financial affairs. Innovative online platform has seen a surge in new saving and loan applications and this, unquestionably augurs well for the future development of Castle Community Bank, unburdened by shareholder dividends, ‘fat cat’ bonuses and other significant banking costs. The common bond qualifications for membership are based on people who live or work in the ‘EH’ postcode area. Castle Community Bank has two “walk in” branches in Niddrie and Wardieburn.

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18.08 | 14:55

I am very proud to be a part of the credit union and the ethos of people helping people.

Congratulations to No1 CopperPot.

14.07 | 04:57

A very inspiring and educational experience. It awaken my interest to serve the community.

01.07 | 13:06

As schools Development Worker for Unify Credit Union, I found the schools project resources very useful.... some really good ideas, Thank you x

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