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10/6/2022
Government Minister ‘deeply Grateful' For Sector's Role In Communities
Addressing credit union professionals at the ABCUL Conference last month, John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, highlighted the positive impact the sector have in communities across the country.   The Minister thanked credit unions in his speech for "delivering services that your members, communities, and the country need...  
24/2/2022
Save And Borrow With Your Highland And Islands Based Credit Union - Hi-ScotThumbnail for article : Save And Borrow With Your Highland And Islands Based Credit Union - Hi-Scot
As the world begins to hesitantly open up, it's no surprise that the past two years have taught us the value of shopping local.  But have you ever thought about banking local? "A credit union is rooted in the community, especially as it is owned by its members and not external shareholders," said David Mackay, General Manager of HI-Scot Credit Union.  
30/11/2021
TSB Bank Thurso To Close As Axe Hits 70 BranchesThumbnail for article : TSB Bank Thurso To Close As Axe Hits 70 Branches
The Thurso branch of the TSB will close on 22 April 2022.   TSB will continue to have 7th largest branch network with over 200 branches No closures where TSB is currently "last branch in town" 10 further ‘pop-up' branches to be opened 150 fewer roles but all impacted staff to be offered alternative roles at TSB TSB has announced it will close 70 branches in 2022 as it responds to declining branch use and increasing numbers of customers switching to digital banking services.  
19/11/2021
From Now To Net Zero: A Practical Guide For SMEs' ReportThumbnail for article : From Now To Net Zero: A Practical Guide For SMEs' Report
Climate change poses a risk to every aspect of our lives and reducing carbon emissions to achieve Net Zero is an essential step.  The journey to Net Zero is a long one and the transition of our economy to a sustainable footing will be the most momentous change in business and industry of our generation.  
30/9/2021
Virgin Money To Close Wick Bank
Virgin Money will close 31 of its 162 branches in the coming months as more customers shift to online banking.   The Wick branch was part of the Clydesdale network before being acquired by Virgin.  
29/9/2021
Banking Protocol: Preventing Fraud And Protecting Members In Credit Unions
The Banking Protocol is a rapid response scheme that will enable credit union staff to alert police when they suspect a customer is being scammed.   Police will attend the branch within the timeframe of an emergency response, enabling them to provide an effective customer intervention, secure evidence to enable them to investigate the potential scam and sometimes catch fraudsters in the act.  
20/6/2021
Credit Unions Are Growing In The UK But Still A Long Way To Catch Up With USA
The history of credit unions in USA has been one of growth over many years.   The public in many states seem to have moved in greater numbers and saved even more with their local credit union.  
23/5/2021
World Council Launches The Global Credit Union PodcastThumbnail for article : World Council Launches The Global Credit Union Podcast
World Council of Credit Unions is excited to launch a new monthly podcast that will provide the international credit union community with an in-depth look at some of the interesting and important stories it has to tell, particularly in the areas of international advocacy, international projects, education and networking, and digital transformation.   The Global Credit Union Podcast will also be telling stories about the work credit unions across the world are doing on behalf of their members.  
30/4/2021
UK Credit Unions Has Reached Its Highest Reported Value At £3.98 BillionThumbnail for article : UK Credit Unions Has Reached Its Highest Reported Value At £3.98 Billion
The latest quarterly report by the Bank of England shows UK Credit Unions continue to increase in strength.   The report published on 30 April 2021 showed - Adult membership of credit unions increased in 2020 Q4 after decreasing in 2020 Q3.  
30/4/2021
New Partnership Supports International Credit Union Community
This new project aims to share research and resources with credit unions in the UK and Ireland.   Filene Research Institute announced an exclusive partnership with the Dublin, Ireland-based CMutual to expand research and resources available to credit unions in the United Kingdom and Ireland.  
24/2/2021
Launch Of £15 Million Scottish Community Lenders Fund
A new £15 million fund has been announced to support affordable lending services.   It will support Credit Unions and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) which offer financial help to those who have poor credit and are often turned away from high street banks.  
15/10/2020
International Credit Union Day - Join Hi-Scot Credit UnionThumbnail for article : International Credit Union Day - Join Hi-Scot Credit Union
International Credit Union (ICU) Day celebrates the spirit of the global credit union movement.  The day is recognized to reflect upon the credit union movement's history, promote its achievements, recognize hard work and share member experiences.  
27/9/2020
Employers Can Help Workers Save With Payroll DeductionThumbnail for article : Employers Can Help Workers Save With Payroll Deduction
If your business would like to support employees in building a regular saving habit, call HI-Scot Credit Union..  
18/9/2020
Saving In The Time of Pandemic - Check Out The Credit UnionThumbnail for article : Saving In The Time of Pandemic - Check Out The Credit Union
2020 has not been the easiest of years and, for many people, saving has been the last thing on their minds - but there's never been a more prudent time to think about putting money aside for a rainy day.  Or a global pandemic.  
20/8/2020
Over 1000 Cars Bought By Hi-Scot Credit Union LoansThumbnail for article : Over 1000 Cars Bought By Hi-Scot Credit Union Loans
A Hi-Scot credit union loan is now easier than ever to arrange for members.   Cars are a popular reason to borrow but loans can be arranged for a wide range of things.  
5/8/2020
Save With Your Credit Union - Hi-ScotThumbnail for article : Save With Your Credit Union - Hi-Scot
Hi-Scot Credit Union is a membership organisation covered by the Financial Services Authority who guarantee savings in credit unions.   It makes sense to save with us Everyone benefits from regular saving, as it allows us to work towards our financial goals and gives peace-of-mind should an emergency arise.  
5/8/2020
Get A Loan With Your Credit Union - Hi-ScotThumbnail for article : Get A Loan With Your Credit Union - Hi-Scot
Hi-Scot Credit Union covers the Highland and Islands and is membership organisation covered by the Financlal Services Authority Directors are elected each year and are unpaid volunteers with professional staff running the day to day business.  Online banking has recently become available for members.  
22/4/2020
Royal Bank Launches Card For Carers
Royal Bank of Scotland is introducing a new ‘companion card' - a supplement card to an existing current account that enables vulnerable customers and those in extended isolation to give trusted volunteers a way to pay for their essential goods.   New card offers quick & easy way for vulnerable customers to pay for essentials through a trusted carer or volunteer.  
17/3/2020
Hi-Scot Credit Union - Ready For CoronavirusThumbnail for article : Hi-Scot Credit Union - Ready For Coronavirus
COVID-19 (coronavirus) information.   We're here to help We're here to support you in a number of different ways.  
26/2/2020
HI-Scot credit union is on a mission - to get the Highlands and Islands saving in 2020Thumbnail for article : HI-Scot credit union is on a mission - to get the Highlands and Islands saving in 2020
"As we enter our fourteenth year of business, we'll be spreading the word about the benefits of saving with the credit union," said HI-Scot's General Manager, David Mackay.  "HI-Scot is member led and member run and we offer a range of services." HI-Scot is well established in the Western Isles, where the credit union is based.