Unify Credit Union has opened up a new branch in Leigh to mark 10 years of service in the town that has given its members financial lifelines totalling more than £6million.
Chief executive of Unify, Angela Fishwick, says the past decade in Leigh has been a huge success with more people turning to them for help, resulting in increased membership and awareness year on year.
She added: “In the last year alone more than £1million worth of loans have been accessed by Leigh members – helping them steer away from high interest loans from loan sharks, doorstep lender, payday lenders and other sub-prime lenders. Unify helps its members break free from a cycle of debt in an affordable and responsible way.”
Andy Burnham MP performed the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new branch on Bradshawgate, alongside Angela, Unify chair, Elaine Chillag, and councillor and Unify member, Jo Platt.
Elaine said: “This is the first property that Unify has owned in Leigh after being here for ten years. We are very proud that our members now have an asset investment as well as money in the bank. We are delighted to move into the new premises in a prominent position in the town centre to provide easy access and we hope to support many more people living in Leigh for years to come.”
"It is great that Unify supports more than 10,000 residents across the borough. The times that people have been facing means that Unify is needed more and more and I hope to see membership grow."
Andy Burnham MP
Mr Burnham, who is a Unify member himself, took the opportunity to pay into his account while in branch.
He said: “It is great that Unify supports more than 10,000 residents across the borough. The times that people have been facing means that Unify is needed more and more and I hope to see membership grow. I am a 100 percent supporter of Unify and as a member, I am very proud of how far the credit union has come.”
Staff, members, colleagues and partners were invited to the launch event where refreshments and a celebratory cake were served.
Councillor Platt added: “Unify Credit Union is not just about banking – which is what makes it so special. The collaborative work the staff do with different partnership organisations, like schools, means that the whole community benefits from its work.”
For more information on how to join Unify Credit Union go to www.unifycu.org, call 01942 603565 or go into the branch.
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