British Credit Union Historical Society

Greater Govan Credit Union Ltd

Local residents who were concerned about the increasing number of local people experiencing financial exclusion founded greater Govan Credit Union on The 18th March 1997. Their aim was to create a financial co-operative which would encourage saving and offer low interest loans to their members.
After operating from different premises over five years, our current office on 15 Burleigh Street was opened in December 2002, followed by the opening of our Shawlands Branch in 2006.
In 2008, we extended our common bond to include anyone working or living in the G post code area and in October 2009 we merged with Ruchazie, Craigend and Garthamlock Credit Union. The Ruchazie office is on 427 Gartloch Road.
Our active membership is now up to 4000 adult members and 1500 juvenile members.

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National Health Service Credit Union Ltd

he NHS Credit Union was started in November 1998. Founder member Robert Rae had started the ball rolling about 18 months earlier in his role as UNISON Branch Secretary of the Southern General Hospital Branch. With the support of the trade unions and the employer, Southern General NHS Trust, the original volunteers set about establishing the Credit Union.

   The credit union began its life operating from a nurse’s bedroom in Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital. Since then, the Credit Union has grown steadily, reaching a number of landmarks along the way, from opening the office at the Southern General and employing our first staff member, to developing to cover all NHS employees and their family members across the whole of Scotland and the North of England It now offers financial services to more than 11,500 members and looks after savings in excess of £12.6m. 

In 2016 the credit union was officially awarded Fairbanking Mark a five star rating to their personal loan products 

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North Coatbridge Credit Union Ltd

North Coatbridge first registered for business on April 1994 with 20 members the management structure has not changed much since first registering. The management have always strived to be a self sustainable Credit Union and not relying on government funding. They were operating out of Alexander Resource Centre supplied by the social services up until the resource centre was due for closure in 2003. They purchased the first premises in 2003 with part funding from the European grant, due to the success they quickly grew out of their premises at 8 Sunnyside Road and were looking for bigger premises, which were found two doors down at 5 Sunnyside Road. They received part funding from North Lanarkshire Credit Union Regeneration Fund and purchased  new premises; at present they have two full time employees and two part time employees. They then purchased their own premises due to the thrift and diligence of the management structure created all those many years ago at Alexander Resource, the credit union would not be a success without the members. Therefore the more members North Coatbridge Credit Union has the more successful the credit union will become.

The management take great pride in what North Coatbridge Credit Union has achieved and are now striving towards making your Credit Union accessible by using our web site so members can conduct their business with the credit union from the comfort of there own home. Our membership at the moment stands at over 2000 members with new members joining every day and taking advantage of a well run Credit Union.


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