British Credit Union Historical Society

Pioneer Murual Credit Union Ltd

Established in 1993 as East Renfrewshire Credit Union, it rebranded as Pioneer Mutual in 2016 and expanded its common bond to serve anyone who lives or works in a G, PA or ML postcode – extending the credit union’s potential membership well beyond East Renfrewshire to also serve people across Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Dunbartonshire and Lanarkshire.Pioneer Mutual Credit Union have signed the Women in Finance Charter: A pledge for gender balance across financial services and pledge to retain 50% of women in senior management positions. In 2017, the credit union is to be a finalist in the East Renfrewshire Business Awards Community Impact category. It is a great recognition of the important role credit unions play within communities and the vital financial services provided.” The credit union has gone from strength to strength, establishing itself as a vital service for more than 3,500 members in the local community

Pollock Credit Union Ltd

A dedicated group of volunteers were trained for over a year in all aspects of Credit Union management and finally in November 1993, Pollok Credit Union was registered. The first collection point was opened at the Pollok Community Centre on November 8th 1993. The common bond at the time covered all those who lived in the Pollok, Corkerhill and Crookston areas. In 1999 they expanded the common bond to cover all those who either lived or worked in the Greater Pollok area, this included those who were employed by the 246 firms in the Greater Pollok area. Funding was secured for two members of staff that helped enormously in developing the Credit Union and with the addition of collection points in Darnley, Arden and Kennishead. In 2002 a new collection point was opened within the Pollok Shopping Centre that had given the Credit Union a higher profile in the area. The common bond was further extended again in 2007 to include everyone who lives or works in the G postcode area.  In 2009 they moved into the Silverburn Shopping Centre as a joint venture with Pollok Post Office. In 2017 there are seven schools in the ‘G’ postcode that are currently involved in the Pollok Credit Union School Bank Savings Club. SAVVY savers at two Glasgow primary schools have saved more than £45,000 in their accounts. Cardonald Primary School Bank opened in 2012 and there are currently 110 pupils enrolled as members.  Our Lady of the Rosary launched its School Bank Saving Club in August 2017 and it’s already proving successful, with 100 pupils signed up and £3000 already saved. The initiative, which is supported by volunteers from the parent council, is run by four primary seven pupils appointed as bank staff. Pupils that are interested in taking on roles submit job applications and are interviewed to take on the roles of bank manager, assistant bank manager, cashiers and records clerk. The scheme was set up by PCU to encourage children to become financially aware from a young age. It also teaches them the importance of saving for the future as well as showing them how banking systems operate


Stranrar Credit Union Ltd

A few local neighbours formed Stranraer Credit Union originally as a Savings Club and friends in the Dickshill area of Stranraer and collections were made in the resource centre there.  In 1999 it was accredited by the FSA (Financial Services Authority) as a Credit Union. It originally met in a one-room office in a car park but now rents office space near Stranraer town centre, which provides a more professional business environment.   Its common bond was initially for those who lived in the Stranraer and Rhins areas, but in 2012 our common bond area was extended to include the Machars area of Wigtownshire.

Phone 01776706911 Address 25 Hanover Square, Stranraer, DG9 7AG Dumfries & Galloway.

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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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