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West Midlands Forum looks ahead


19 Jan 16

Credit unions in the West Midlands have gathered to share their thoughts and experiences at the Forum AGM.

ABCUL members from across the region met in Birmingham to catch up with colleagues, to swap notes and to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities that the credit union movement can look forward to in 2016.

The ABCUL West Midlands Forum held its Annual General Meeting, and then heard from three guest speakers.

ABCUL Policy Manager Matt Bland updated delegates on some of the key regulatory, legislative and other policy issues that credit unions need to be aware of, and led a discussion on how the credit unions in attendance are approaching the new Senior Managers Regime.

ABCUL Chief Executive Mark Lyonette then gave a presentation on the Association’s recent and forthcoming work, as well as an overview of some of the trends and challenges in the credit union movement globally and some steps credit unions in Britain might want to consider.

The Forum then heard from a special guest speaker, Dr Christopher A Johnson (pictured with Mark Lyonette). Dr Johnson is a business management consultant and award-winning author who was awarded the Obama Shield in 2009 for publishing the British Caribbean Enterprises book. He spoke about the importance of credit unions’ ethical value principle and the need to emphasise the credit union difference, and shared his thoughts on a potential role for the sector in supporting small and medium-sized enterprises.

ABCUL Chief Executive Mark Lyonette said: “I always enjoy visiting our Forums around the country to catch up with credit union staff and directors and to hear their thoughts on some of the big issues facing the movement.

“ABCUL’s Forums are a great way for credit unions to share their knowledge and experience as part of a larger credit union community, and they are an important service that the Association delivers for our members.”

ABCUL’s Forums are organised across the nations and regions to help credit unions meet up regularly with their neighbours, and all ABCUL member credit unions are entitled to attend.

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