Scotland’s Credit Union Conference “Growing to meet the challenge”
Book Now! Scotland’s Credit Union Conference “Growing to meet the challenge” Scotland’s Credit Union Conference
Friday 14th September 2012, The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
Your opportunity to explore how credit unions in Scotland are growing to meet the challenges of difficult times and to meet new professionals in the field.
The agenda will address a wide range of topics from the role credit unions can play supporting people to manage impending welfare reforms, to partnership working with employers and advice agencies; from landmark reforms to Scottish bankruptcy law to credit unions’ place in a better financial services industry.
We have worked hard, with the help of our sponsors – CUNA Mutual – to keep the delegate fees as low as possible:
• Credit unions - £50 per delegate
• Public and third sector - £70 per delegate
• Private sector - £90 per delegate
Growing to meet the challenge
In continuing difficult economic times following the global financial crisis, people across Scotland face a range of challenges. As money gets tighter, the need to build up savings to fall back on and access to affordable credit are more important than ever.
Against a backdrop of households across Scotland facing up to the challenge of Welfare Reform and a loss of trust in many financial services providers, the time is right for credit unions to play their part in working with partners to meet these challenges.
So with the generous support of CUNA Mutual Group, ABCUL – the Association of British Credit Unions Limited – is delighted to be hosting Scotland’s Credit Union Conference.
In Scotland, more than 100 credit unions serve over 280,000 people, holding £210 million in savings and lending £180 million – often to people who would be unable to access affordable loans elsewhere. A new UK Government investment of £38 million in the British credit union movement will give the sector the opportunity to modernise and expand its services to even more people across the country.
A credit union is a financial co-operative which provides savings, loans and a range of services to its members. Credit unions share the co-operative ethos of people helping people, and because they are owned by their own users and not by external shareholders or investors, the emphasis is always on providing the best service for members; not maximising profits from them.
Around the world, there are 196 million members in 51,000 credit unions in 100 countries. In the USA, Canada, Australia and Ireland, over a quarter of the population are credit union members, so there is great potential for Scotland’s credit union movement to grow even stronger to meet the challenges facing people across the country.