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Itís all about our members

Bristol Credit Union is run solely for the benefit of our members Ė thatís people like you. You can join BCU as an individual, corporate, sole trader or work for one of our employee partners. We also welcome members from UNITE and UNISON from across the South-West.  Weíll ask you to pay a small one-off membership fee to join BCU. Currently that's £2.50. You'll also need to deposit at least £1 (£7.50 online) to your Member Share Account to become a member, making a total of £3.50 (£10 online). You always need to keep at least £1 in your Member Share Account while you're a member, but you can have it back if you leave the credit union.


You can become a member if you live, work, volunteer or study in the membership area which is Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.  You can join by applying online or completing our application form in branch, at one of our service points, or by sending it to us.

It's quick to join and apply for a loan or savings account online, you just need to:

  • live in the Click to Download Membership Area
  • have a valid credit or debit card to make an initial deposit (minimum £10)
  • have a working email address to receive the link to the application form
  • be prepared to have an on-line identity check made (this will not affect your credit rating)
  • be over 18 years old

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Joining takes no more than 15 minutes

Join in-branch

If you work or are studying in Bristol (but don't live in the membership area) or donít have a credit or debit card you can still join. Simply complete our application form and bring it along with your ID, proof of address and employment to your local branch or alternatively send it to us.

Click to DownloadDownload Membership Application Form 2017 (71.6kb)

Click to Download Download Membership ID Checklist (226.3kb)

Employer Partner

If you work for one of our Employer Partners you can save or repay loans direct from your pay. You may even qualify for discounted loan rates and special, exclusive loan products.

To join as an Employer Partner select 'Payroll Savings' when you apply online and tell us which partner you work for.

If you are already a member and want to set up payroll deductions contact us.

Our current Employer Partners are:

  • Airbus
  • Bath & North East Somerset Council
  • Bristol City Council
  • Bristol Community Housing Foundation
  • Coexist
  • Curo Housing Group
  • Julian House 
  • Learning Partnership West
  • Second Step HA
  • Sirona Health & Care CIC
  • Soil Association
  • Solon SW HA
  • Sustrans
  • Talking Money

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Corporate or Sole Trader

To join as a Corporate or Sole Trader member, your organisation must qualify to become a member of Bristol Credit Union.  You can then complete and return the application forms for a Corporate Deposit Account or register as a trader for Bristol Pounds.  Please complete the application forms below.

Download Corporate application forms

Click to Download Download Corporate Membership Documentation Requirements (44.8kb)

Click to Download Download Corporate Membership Application Form (52.8kb)

Click to Download Download Corporate Membership Account Mandate (33.1kb)

Click to Download Download Corporate Deposit Account Application (52.4kb)

Click to Download Download Bristol Pound Trader Account (76.2kb)

Click to Download Download Sole Trader Application Form (41.1kb)

How to contact Bristol Credit Union

Main Branch

112/114 Cheltenham Road
Bristol, BS6 5RW

By phone

Call us on 0117 924 7309

By email

Find Us here:
Bristol Credit Union Tel: 0117 924 7309 Fax: 0117 989 2540 Email: info@bristolcreditunion.org.uk Web: http://www.bristolcreditunion.org
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