Merthyr Legal Secretary Wins Savings Award


A Merthyr Tydfil legal secretary at a local solicitors’ firm has won a prestigious award for encouraging her fellow workforce to become “super-savers”.

Samantha Birrell-Roberts, a Legal Secretary at JNP Legal won the Workplace Champion category in this year’s Credit Unions of Wales Awards.

She said: “I was absolutely ecstatic to learn that I’d been nominated for the award let alone winning it. So I’m very honoured and grateful for being recognised in this way.

“Merthyr Tydfil Borough Credit Union are wonderful to work with and thanks to their range of services many of my colleagues save for special events – especially Christmas – while others take advantage of the affordable loans they provide.”

When JNP Legal first became a payroll partner with Merthyr Tydfil Borough Credit Union, Samantha was quick to be nominated by fellow employees as their ‘payroll patron’.

She is always quick to help new employees become members and ensures that every person has information about the credit union when they join the organisation and many activities have been organised from information days to welcome packs to boost credit union membership..

Jane Hutt MS, Patron of Credit Unions of Wales said: “For the third year running the Credit Unions of Wales Awards has highlighted the many success stories of this global movement and I want to congratulate each of the winners for their dedication and commitment to the cause.

“As financial cooperative, credit unions have a major role to play in the economic health of Wales by offering easy access to ethical savings and affordable loans.

“Once again, congratulations to the many businesses, organisations, members, volunteers and schools who have been recognised for their contribution to the success of credit unions across Wales.”

The Credit Unions of Wales Awards were sponsored by Engage and supported by the Welsh Government.

Geoff Leech, Managing Director of Engage added: “Engage Account is delighted to be sponsoring the Credit Unions of Wales Awards for the third consecutive time and we are continually impressed by the high standards of entries.

“This year is no exception as they illustrate once more the commitment and dedication of businesses, workers, organisations, members and volunteers towards the global credit union movement.

“We congratulate all of the winners and highly commended for all that they do to further the incredible work of ethical savings and loan providers across Wales.”

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