Why credit union

26% of UK adults have little or no savings. This means that when an unexpected bill arrives or a family crisis occurs some households have to borrow, sometimes from high cost lenders. 

Personal debt can cause anxiety and depression, when staff are preoccupied by money worries they are not focusing on their work and performance can suffer. 

Credit unions encourage regular savings and provide affordable, ethical loans. Working with your local credit union can help your employees build up savings giving them financial flexibility and the option to borrow affordably when they need it.

Advance Credit Union has been providing simple savings and affordable loans for 30 years. Find out more about us.

Working in partnership with Advance Credit Union employers can promote good financial health for employees.


Be a credit union Partner

What if you could help your employees or clients with little effort and no cost to your business?

It is easy to promote credit union savings and loans. Three simple ways:

  1. Just download a poster and share with staff or pin to noticeboards
  2. Provide a link to our website on payslips or internal communications.
  3. Talk to us about further marketing materials, articles for staff newsletters or provide a presentation to employees.

Boosting financial capability by encouraging regular saving and affordable borrowing is not only good for employee wellbeing, it is also good for your business. The next step is Payroll Deduction; offering credit union savings and loans as an employee benefit, a feature of your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Contact us for more information business@advancecu.org.uk or call 0121 663 6390

Payroll Deduction

Employees also have access to our affordable loans. Payroll deductions are adjusted to repay the loan from their payslip. Employees’ individual savings and loans are kept confidential and are not disclosed to the employer. We can however provide management information to monitor the take-up and effectiveness of the scheme.

Employers offering payroll saving to their employees have the reassurance that their people are taking responsibility for their money; they are putting some money aside for when they need it, and they have access to the affordable loans from Advance Credit Union.

We do not charge employers for this service and many payroll outsourcers do not charge their customers for the processing of credit union loan repayments, so the cost to employers of offering Payroll Deduction is negligible.

Contact us for more information business@advancecu.org.uk or call 0121 663 6390

Benefits for employers

  • Reduce employees’ financial stress, absenteeism
  • Reduce salary advance and loan requests
  • Reassurance that employees have access to affordable finance
  • Employees taking responsibility for managing their own money
  • Improve employee financial wellbeing
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Support local social enterprise


Reduce absenteeism
Financial distress causes more than half of the 15m stress-related days off each year.

Reduce Stress and Anxiety in the workplace
It is estimated that at least 50%, and perhaps as many as 90% of people in debt feel anxious and depressed.

Free addition to your benefits package
Boost staff retention and retraction and best of all the service is free.

Corporate Social Responsibility
Show employees you care about their wellbeing and the service is free!

Benefits for employees

  • Saving straight from their pay packet – they won’t miss it
  • Putting some money away for a ‘rainy day’
  • Planning for a big event; Christmas, holidays, weddings
  • Earn dividend on savings (1% last year)
  • Apply for a credit union loan at affordable rates
  • Avoid high-cost credit, bank fees 
  • Simple loan repayments straight from their pay packet
  • Internet banking
  • Life insurance included (terms and conditions apply)
  • Confidential; individual’s savings or loans are not disclosed to the employer

Our Payroll Partners 

Advance Credit Union already offers Payroll Deduction for employees of the following organisations:

Jaffray Care logo
Solihull-Community-Housing-logo Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Pioneer Group logo WAA Chosen logo

want to add your company to the list?  

contact us for further information


Tenant Account

For private landlords and social landlords, our Tenant Saver Account ring-fences and manages local housing allowance and universal credit providing reassurance that the rent is paid. Peace of mind for the landlord and security for tenants. What’s more, tenants can access our range of services, helping them manage their money better. Find out more about our Tenant Saver Account.

Corporate Membership 

Advance Credit Union does not currently offer corporate membership, but if your organisation would like to become a member when we start accepting applications then do please contact us

Business Loans

We currently do not offer loans to business, but this is part of our long-term plan. Contact us if you would be interested in this and help us create transparent and fair loans for business.