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SMCU young professional up for award

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24 Apr 17

Joe Platt from South Manchester Credit Union was a finalist at the Insider North West Young Professionals Awards.

The awards honour the talented young people aged 35 or under who have made a real difference to organisations in the region over the last 12 months with their dedication, expertise and dynamic approach.

The ceremony at the Lowry Hotel in Salford was compèred by comedian and broadcaster Matt Richardson, and the guest speaker was entrepreneur Neil Clough, who starred in BBC One’s The Apprentice and is the founder of sales, recruitment and training business Prime.

Joe (pictured at the ceremony) was shortlisted in the Young Banker and Financier category, and although the award was ultimately presented to one of the contenders from a major global bank, his nomination was tremendous recognition of Joe and the credit union movement.

After completing an accountancy qualification with the Open University, Joe went on to achieve first class honours in Finance & Accounting from the University of Salford and became a graduate trainee at South Manchester Credit Union.

His nomination for this prestigious award came just a few weeks after Joe graduated as a member of the CU Futures Class of 2017. CU Futures is the innovative programme run in partnership by ABCUL and the Credit Union Foundation and sponsored by Citi Foundation to support and develop young people across the British credit union movement.

Joe said: “It’s important to me that I believe in what I do, and working at South Manchester Credit Union has satisfied my need to work for an organisation whose ethics are in line with my own.

“Although I didn’t win the award, it was an honour to have been nominated and great to represent credit unions at such an event. Maybe next time!”

A limited number of additional places have just been made available on the 2017/18 CU Futures programme, but applications – including a reference from the Chair or Manager of the sponsoring credit union – have to be received by 5pm on Tuesday 2 May. Applications must be submitted via the online form here.

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