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A Matter of Life and Debt – BBC One

In case you missed itA Matter of Life and Debt is a BBC documentary series about credit unions and other responsible lenders across the UK, telling the stories of people whose lives have been transformed by an ethical loan. The series is on every week day, BBC One 11am, repeated on BBC Two 7.30am and available on BBC iPlayer.

If you’ve seen the programme and want to join credit union, that’s great!

Click here to join as a saver.

Click here if you would like to apply for a loan.

If you don’t live in Birmingham or Solihull Borough, then there will be another credit union local to you, check your postcode at www.findyourcreditunion.co.uk

 

 

 

Christmas Loans 2017

Christmas presentGetting excited about Christmas already?

Don’t miss our Christmas top tips to help you get the most for your money this Christmas.

To help members who want a Christmas loan top up, with effect from 1st October 2017 members may top up their loan if the outstanding balance is £300 (increased from £200).

Not a credit union member? That’s OK, you can apply for a loan until Saturday 2nd December, applications received after that date may not be processed in time for Christmas.

Our loans start from £300, interest rates range from 9.4%APR to 42.6%APR. see our loans.

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Christmas Loan Deadlines:

New members: Saturday 2nd Dec 2017

Existing members: Saturday 16th Dec 2017

 

 

 

 

Christmas Club withdrawals 2017

Congratulations to all our Christmas Club savers – more than £65,000 saved this year! Our best ever!

Only a few days left until you can withdraw your Christmas Club savings.

There is no fee charged for Christmas Club withdrawals.

Need to topup your Christmas Club savings with a Christmas loan? That’s OK, as a Christmas Club member you can apply for a loan until Saturday 16th December, applications received after that date may not be processed in time for Christmas.

Our loans start from £300, interest rates range from 9.4%APR to 42.6%APR. see our loans.

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Building work update 26th September

Our building work is nearly complete, so we should be getting a bit more back to normal. We now have a larger back office which will allow the credit union to continue growing and improve customer service. Thanks to Jericho Construction for all their work. If we aware of any further interruptions we will update our website, Facebook and Twitter so please follow us!

click here for Cheaper Gas and Electric

Switch and Save 10Oct17Solihull Council have launched a new switch and save, a great opportunity to get a better deal on your gas and electricity! Nearly 5,000 local households have saved more than £400,000 over the last two years.

Register your interest by 10th October 2017, you will be notified within a few weeks if you can get a better deal from a different provider. This offer is open to everyone, not just Solihull residents – the more people who sign up, the better a deal can be negotiated.

We are Recruiting – Compliance Manager

Advance Credit Union is looking to recruit a Compliance Manager (Flexible Hours – Up to 30 Hours per Month) to take the lead on strengthening our supervisory and compliance functions and make a significant difference to our growing credit union, which serves the communities of North Birmingham and Solihull.

We are looking for someone who is a fully or part qualified accountant/internal auditor with experience in internal audit, compliance, risk and process improvement. Ideally, you will have some knowledge of the banking or financial services sector.

Are you looking to give something back to your local community and work with a ‘not for profit’ organisation which is making a real difference through providing ethical financial services including credit at fair and reasonable interest rates as well as promote saving and good money management? Are you looking to work with a small team of staff and volunteers to share your knowledge and experience on audit and compliance activity to develop their skills and make a difference to our overall effectiveness of internal control systems, policies and procedures?

Applicants of all ages and backgrounds with the relevant experience are encouraged to apply.

The closing date for applications is 16 October 2017. Interviews for shortlisted applications will be held by arrangement with candidates.

 

Children staying in education after GCSEs? Tell the Child Benefit Office!

Are your children staying in education beyond 16 years? Then you must inform the Child Benefit Office every year. Child Benefit stops on 31 August after your child’s 16th birthday. Parents or carers can continue to receive child benefit If they continue within approved education or training, but you must tell the Child Benefit Office. You can notify them online, by post or phone 0300 200 3100.

Find our more on the Government website www.gov.uk/child-benefit-16-19

Building work update

Our building work is going really well and we’re on track to be all completed by mid September. We will keep disruption to a minimum, but there is likely to be an impact on customer service, so do please bear with us. We will update our website, Facebook and Twitter so please follow us!

Due to building noise we may not be able to answer the phones, so if you need to contact us the best way is our contact us page, email or the green send a message online chat button at the bottom of your screen.

We are creating more space in the back office to allow the credit union to continue growing and improve customer service.

Bank Holiday Monday 28th August

Credit Union will be closed on Monday 28th August due to the bank holiday. We are open as usual on Saturday 9.30-12 noon, then open again Tuesday 29th August.

Our desk at Solihull Connect in Chelmsley Wood will also be closed on Monday, we will be there again every Monday from 4th September.

Credit Union Questionnaire 2017 – closed!

Thanks to all our members who completed our latest Membership Survey – more than 700 completed which is a fantastic response. This will be invaluable to the credit union as we improve what we do and serve our members better. We will announce the winner of the £50 shopping voucher very soon!