Mayor of Burnley opens Pennine Community Credit Union’s new Burnley branch
At the branch opening of our not-for-profit cooperative that provides ethical savings and affordable loan accounts to the residents of Burnley and Pendle, speeches were heard from Councillor Charlie Briggs the Mayor of Burnley, Julie Cooper MP for Burnley and representatives from credit unions across the UK who attended the opening of the new premises located at 48 St James’s Street.
Mayor Charlie Briggs cut the ribbon to officially open the branch which will provide PCCU’s saving and borrowing services six days a week
I am happy to see PCCU on Burnley’s high street, it is good for the town and its people to be able to access much needed services
PCCU President Gerard Spain welcomed Councillor Briggs and outlined the credit union’s long term commitment to the residents of Burnley
At a time when some businesses and banks are vacating the high street, by opening this branch we are telling the community that PCCU are committed to providing saving and borrowing facilities to Burnley and Pendle for many years
The new branch has been totally renovated to include a private interview room and cashier desks for account holders to deposit and withdraw. Julie Cooper MP spoke passionately about the importance of PCCU being situated on the high street amongst the banks, most well-known department stores and coffees shop
At a time when local people are experiencing low wages or worrying about the expensive Christmas period it is good know the credit union are here to help.
Mrs Cooper was excited to hear that PCCU had also launched a new website called PCCU Own Comforts, in partnership with local social enterprise SPE Furnishings, to coincide with the branch opening. The website stocks a wide range of furniture and electricals such as washing machines, TVs and computer consoles
I am delighted to support Pennine Credit Union. It is great to know that PCCU Own Comforts will be offering an ethical alternative to the pay weekly stores, which charge local residents high levels of interest
Amongst the large number of attendees were figures from the UK credit union movement. Karen Bennett, President of ABCUL the main trade association for credit unions in Britain, gave a speech offering support from the association as well as sharing experience from Enterprise Credit Union in Liverpool where she is the Chief Executive Officer
The branch looks great, I am sure it will be a success and I know from Enterprise you will provide services that many people in community need