National Credit Union Awards 2020 Announced

Volunteers, members, schools, housing associations and private businesses are among the cohort of 2020 Credit Unions of Wales Awards recipients.

For the third year the Credit Unions of Wales Awards celebrates the positive impact credit unions and financial cooperatives have on people’s lives and recognise those supporters who are a true Credit to Wales.

Patron Jane Hutt MS 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.”
Due to Covid-19 and lockdown procedures, plans to hold an awards ceremony at The Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay were postponed.

Awards were presented to all nine winners by their local Member of the Senedd or credit union manager with a heartfelt thanks for their support of the global movement.

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

Geoff Leech Managing Director at 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.”

Credit unions are member-owned financial co-operatives that accept deposits and give out loans. They are set up by people with a common interest, such as where they live or work, and offer low-interest loans, savings and accounts.

The of the 2020 Credit Unions of Wales Awards are:

Payroll Partner (Private)
WINNER Legal & General (Cardiff & Vale Credit Union)
HIGHLY COMMENDED We Fight Any Claim (Gateway Credit Union)

Payroll Partner (Public)
WINNER Newport City Council (Newport Credit Union)
HIGHLY COMMENDED Cardiff Council (Cardiff & Vale Credit Union)

Payroll Partner (Third Sector)
WINNER Linc Cymru Housing Association (Cardiff & Vale Credit Union)
HIGHLY COMMENDED Tai Calon Community Housing (Smart Money Cymru Credit Union)

Member Making A Difference
WINNER Sharon Rees Williams (Smart Money Credit Union)
HIGHLY COMMENDED Claire Kennedy (Gateway Credit Union)

Volunteer of the Year
WINNER Meryl Cullen (Merthyr Tydfil Borough Credit Union)
HIGHLY COMMENDED Sherinda Spencer (Smart Money Credit Union)

School Partnership
WINNER Blaengwrach Primary School (Celtic Credit Union)
HIGHLY COMMENDED Corneli Primary School (Bridgend Lifesavers Credit Union)

Workplace Champion
WINNER Samantha Birrell Roberts (Merthyr Tydfil Borough Credit Union)
HIGHLY COMMENDED Gemma Newman (Smart Money Credit Union)

Lifetime Achievement
WINNER Tecwyn Jones (All Flintshire Credit Union)
HIGHLY COMMENDED Pam Farrant (BAG Credit Union)

Access to Financial Services
WINNER SaveEasy Credit Union
HIGHLY COMMENDED Dragonsavers Credit Union

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