On the 19th November 1996 the Register of Friendly Societies formally registered the Pontypool and District Credit Union Ltd. We opened quietly on February 7th 1997. The Benefice Council took it upon itself to form a working party that would
look into the implications of a Credit Union, to find the level of interest that might already be in the community, to stimulate some interest and seek some kind of response. This small group took a practical approach and immediately set about contacting
as many groups as possible in the area. Fifteen people at the meeting expressed an interest and a willingness to train. We saw the formation of the Steering Group. Training was financed by a grant awarded by the County Council. As we have
grown we have made a deliberate effort to market the Credit Union in certain places.
On the 7th August 2008, at the invitation of North Abergavenny Communities First, we expanded our common bond to include Monmouthshire and became Gateway Credit
Union Limited. We currently have a presence in most towns in our area, served from the Head Office at 21 Commercial Street, Pontypool, which we now own.