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Lanarkshire CU up for award


19 Aug 16

Lanarkshire Credit Union has been shortlisted for Scottish Social Enterprise of the Year.

The prestigious award, which is organised by Social Enterprise Scotland, recognises social enterprises that demonstrate excellent vision and strategic direction, clear leadership and management of the organisation, a high degree of customer satisfaction, and clearly evidenced social, environmental and community impact.

Contenders for the award must also show sustainability in terms of both profit and growth, good brand awareness and communication outputs, and evidence of creativity and innovation.

Lanarkshire Credit Union is one of just four social enterprises across Scotland to be shortlisted for the most prestigious category in the 2016 Social Enterprise Awards Scotland. The winner will go on to compete for the Social Enterprise of the Year UK award.

Lanarkshire Credit Union’s Financial Marketing Co-ordinator Scott Craig said: “We’re honoured to have been nominated for such a great award. The fact that we’ve been shortlisted among three other organisations is such a huge achievement for us. The whole credit union has been abuzz since the news and we’re hoping that all of our hard work pays off in the end.

“We’ve worked hard over the last few years to bring a new and innovative approach to our services, and being nominated for the award has really made us feel confident that we’re taking the credit union in the right direction.”

Originally founded as Blantyre Credit Union, Lanarkshire Credit Union has grown into one of the largest credit unions in Britain. Anyone who lives or works in South or North Lanarkshire is eligible to join the credit union, which serves 12,800 adult members plus more than 6,000 junior savers from its branches in Blantyre, Rutherglen and Larkhall.

Members have savings of more than £12.5 million in the credit union and are borrowing more than £6 million at affordable rates of interest. Lanarkshire Credit Union will celebrate its twenty-fifth birthday in November, which is also when the winner of the Social Enterprise of the Year award will be announced at a special reception at the Scottish Parliament.

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