New Beginnings, renewed passion

Autumn 2019

I’ve been meaning to sit down and write my first blog for South Manchester Credit Union for a good while now, and as they say, there’s no time like the present. In our case, this is especially true, with the whole host of recent developments at our credit union.

It’s certainly a time of transition for us at Fog Lane, with our brand new office extension, allowing us to branch out into number 189, where our new expanded Marketing Department now sit. This brings me to welcome Ed, who’ll be helping team members Ryan & Beck out with all things marketing. Our fantastic duo are now the three marketeers! Ed joins us having spent time with our friends at CashBox Credit Union, whilst he prepares to complete his University studies.

The new team has some really exciting plans for upcoming campaigns, and I for one can’t wait to see what they have in store. If they’re half as good as the buzz the guys created for International Credit Union Day, then we’re in for a treat.

This year, we were delighted to celebrate ICU Day 2019’s theme – of “Local Service, Global Reach”, a perfect encapsulation of credit union values. By working within our local communities, as part of something much wider, we can strive every day to improve the financial wellbeing of credit union members, across the country and the world. This really hit home at our Grand Reopening event, as we hosted credit union colleagues from across the country, as well as representatives from ABCUL. It’s reaffirming to know that we belong to a worldwide movement, working together towards the same goal. Despite some early piñata related mishaps, we had a fantastic time celebrating our new opening, and it has set the tone for some exciting new beginnings in South Manchester.

Another cause for celebration was at the Fairbanking Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Event, where we were delighted to accept our 5* Award. Myself, Beck & Ginka loved the chance to visit Westminster, and to hear first-hand the impact the Foundation has had over the past ten years. They’ve been a vital component of our sector, and continue to be one of our most vocal supporters in providing fair financial products to our members.

Recently, we were excited to launch our brand new PrizeSaver accounts, giving our members the chance to win cash prizes for saving up with South Manchester Credit Union. For every £1 saved with us, that means 1 chance to win up to £5,000 – every month. A fantastic incentive for those of our members wishing to get started with their savings – you can only win, you can’t lose!

With all the fresh new changes happening in South Manchester, it’s great to know the foundation of our success – the commitment of our staff, volunteers and directors – continues to be a source of inspiration for myself and others, as we work every day to make this credit union the best it can be.

Thanks for reading,


CEO, South Manchester Credit Union

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