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New services launched at Conference

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14 Mar 16

ABCUL has celebrated one of its biggest ever annual conferences with the launch of new services for members.

Over 350 people gathered at the Midland Hotel, Manchester for a weekend of learning, networking and knowledge-sharing.

Delegates heard a keynote speech from the Chair of the Financial Conduct Authority John Griffith-Jones, and plenary session topics included meeting the lending challenge and the success of the Automated Lending Decision tool.

Meanwhile, workshop topics included the Fairbanking mark, social investment, marketing, lending, conduct risk, legislation and regulation, governance, cyber crime, building your online presence and serving rural communities.

ABCUL was delighted to welcome a delegation from Georgia, USA to the conference, and President and CEO of Georgia Credit Union Affiliates Mike Mercer gave an inspirational address to delegates.

And ABCUL used the conference to unveil a number of exciting new services for members. The ABCUL Academy is the most comprehensive training suite available to credit unions, including an industry standard qualification provided with the ifs University College. ABCUL inSight is a market-leading business intelligence tool, and CU Futures is an exciting new programme to develop the next generation of credit union leaders.

ABCUL Chief Executive Mark Lyonette said: "So many delegates have told me this was the best ABCUL Annual Conference ever, and there was a real buzz about the event throughout the weekend.

"Mike Mercer gave credit unions the challenge to be vital to our members' lives. In the same way, ABCUL is striving to be vital to the sustainable growth of our member credit unions with innovative, exclusive new products and services to add to the outstanding value the Association already delivers for the movement."

The ABCUL Annual General Meeting was held during conference, with members agreeing a number of changes to the Association's rules, including a change from charging dues based on the number of members to a formula based on assets.

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