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  • ACE members' newsletter available - May 2018

    The May 2018 newsletter is now available to download, including:

    • Whitehaven, Egremont & District Credit Union Wins National Award

    • Citysave Credit Union has moved to new premises

    • Grampian Credit Union - celebrating 25 years of savings and loans to people living in North East of Scotland

    • 2018 ACE Conference in York highly rated by delegates

    • Election of Directors

    • Long-awaited meeting with Credit Union Regulators coming soon

    • ACE Conference 2019

    • New website – members' suggestions for change

    • Barclays selects credit unions for the final project year

    • Welsh Government “ring-fences” £500,000 funding pot from Westminster to support Credit Union Capital Requirements

    • Credit unions and “cyber-crime”

    • Farewell to Jeff Hopkins

    • NEWCU 25th Anniversary Celebration

  • ACE members' newsletter available - January 2018

    The January 2018 newsletter is now available to download, including:

    • Moneywise Credit Union continues to grow

    • ACE credit unions represent more than 80,000 members

    • ACE Conference & AGM - 11th-12th May 2018 - York

    • Larger credit unions set to benefit from common bond membership extension

    • Newport Credit Union Chair awarded Volunteer of the Year for Wales on International Credit Union Day

    • Welsh Government continues Credit Union funding

    • Barclays Credit Union Programme final year funding 2018 applications

    • Barclays masterclass success

    • How things work in Jersey - not a credit union but the same basic ethos

  • ACE members' newsletter available - September 2017

    The September 2017 newsletter is now available to download, including:

    • 2018 ACE Conference & AGM

    • Falkirk District Credit Union gets congratulatory parliamentary motion

    • New members for ACE

    • Knowsley Mutual Credit Union

    • Unify Credit Union

    • Grampian Credit Union

    • Welsh Credit Union Collaboration Group

    • ACE Board structure

    • Current position of ACE

    • Regional meetings to be supported by ACE Board members

    • Towards a financially inclusive society in the UK: “What needs to be done?”

    • ACE Credit Union Services office relocation

  • ACE members' newsletter available - June 2017

    The June 2017 newsletter is now available to download, including:

    • 2017 ACE Conference - report and summary of presentations

    • 2017 AGM Motions

    • Barclays announces Year 3 winners of its Credit Union Support Programme

    • GDPR - new Data Protection rules

    • Meeting with the Regulators

    • CEO Credit Union visits 2017/2018

    • SAVEeasy attends Mega Fun Day Out to promote new Pembroke Dock office

    • Neath Port Talbot Credit Union changes its name and spreads its wings

  • ACE members' newsletter available - February 2017

    The February 2017 newsletter is now available to download, including:

    • Barclays hosts compliance masterclass for support programme credit unions

    • Barclays launches year 3 of its Credit Union Support Programme

    • Welsh Government announces new grant fund for Welsh Credit Unions

    • Meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Credit Unions

    • ACE 2017 Conference & AGM takes shape

    • FCA Responds to Trade Bodies' Concerns about the Senior Managers & Certification Regimes

    • Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) Cover Changed

    • ACE Credit Unions Joining Together in Somerset

    • BAG Credit Union Celebrates 25 years of Business

    • Dorothy Brown becomes MBE for services to Swindon communities

    • North Tyneside Employee Credit Union’s First Savers Scheme a big hit

  • Barclays launches year 3 of its Credit Union Support Programme

    Barclays has just launched the third year of its four year Credit Union Support Programme in partnership with ACE, UKCU and Toynbee Hall. To date twenty British credit unions have benefited from the programme and a further ten credit unions will be selected this year. The programme is open to all credit unions in the UK, regardless of trade association affiliation. Through this programme, Barclays hopes to encourage collaboration, identification and sharing of best practice and the development and enhancement of key skills and operational practices to promote growth and improvements across the sector. This in turn will allow credit unions to better meet the financial needs of their members and support more financially excluded and underserved households to manage their money and access and use appropriate financial services. It is being delivered through a number of expert delivery partners: Toynbee Hall, ACE Credit Union Services and UKCreditUnions Ltd, with the involvement of staff and senior executives from within Barclays. The programme is being independently evaluated by the Financial Inclusion Centre.

    The programme will fund a team of specialists who will work with participating credit unions to explore their key support needs and priorities and then develop and deliver tailored training and support that will help make a sustainable impact in the sector, improving the skills and capabilities of selected credit unions and their members across the UK, with the training programme being adjusted to fit the needs of each credit union. The Year 3 Application form for the Barclays Programme can be downloaded from the ACE website. Please send your completed application to: barclayscreditunionprogramme@barclays.com

  • ACE members' newsletter available - November 2016

    The November 2016 edition of the ACE Newsletter is now available to download (PDF).

    This newsletter includes articles on:

    • Regulatory Issues - November 2016

    • Death Trust Fund update

    • International Credit Union Day 2016

    • SaveEasy Credit Union opens new office in Pembroke Dock

    • Powys Credit Unions working together

    • Virtual training to continue

    • ACE 2017 Conference & AGM in Birmingham

    • Michael Sheen joins Neath Port Talbot CU

    • West Lothian CU celebrates lending over £10m - attracts Scottish Partliament funding for its work in schools

    • ACE web-site members' area

    • Salford Credit Union campaign week to break cycle of debt

  • ACE members' newsletter available - June 2016

    The June 2016 edition of the ACE Newsletter is now available to download (PDF).

    This newsletter includes articles on:

    • ACE Conference & AGM

    • AGM motions

    • Annual Conference presentations

    • Welcomes and Goodbyes to and from the Board

    • CEO Plans to Visit the Majority of ACE Credit Union 2016-2017

    • Newport Credit Union moves to Indoor Market

    • Conference Feedback

    • Mendip Community Credit Union Produces Volunteering Video with support from Unity Trust Bank

    • Barclays Announces Year 2 Support Programme Winners

    • Next meeting with the Regulators 5th July 2016

  • ACE members' newsletter available - February 2016

    The February 2016 edition of the ACE Newsletter is now available to download (PDF).

    This newsletter includes articles on:

    • PRA makes significant modifications to the reform of the Legacy Credit Unions Sourcebook

    • Barbara Hann awarded CBE by the Prince of Wales for services to the financially excluded

    • ACE Conference heading for Newcastle in North Tyneside's Year of Credit Unions

    • Scottish Parliament pledges to make Scotland a Credit Union Nation

    • Is your Credit Union's money safe with the banks and building societies?

    • Banknotes are changing - the new fiver is coming in September 2016

    • Collecting financial date to promote ACE Credit Unions

    • ACE launches virtual training programme pilot in partnership with Coventry and Warwickshire Co-operative Development Agency

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