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20 July 2017

Summer survival guide

We know the summer holidays can be an expensive time for parents; research from Groupon suggests that the average family expects to spend £389 on activities and treats to keep their kids entertained in the school holidays. A scary figure, but t...

13 July 2017

We are recruiting!

Bristol Credit Union is recruiting a Junior Lending Officer, a Finance Officer, and a Finance Manager. If you would like to apply for any of our vacancies please download and review the supporting documents as well as the job description, and use the...

6 July 2017

Curo roadshows

We’ll be at The Maltings , Bath, in August and September for CURO employees to find out more about savings and loans through payroll deduction. Our Employer Partner scheme offers Curo employees a simple way to build a nest egg or borrow extra funds w...

29 June 2017

Don’t keep us a secret

You can help your credit union grow, and we’d love as many members as possible to get stuck in. Do you want to get involved in our marketing campaigns, or help us promote our services in your local community or workplace?We’ve set up a Marketing Hub ...

28 June 2017

Back-to-school

Getting ready for a new school year can be expensive. With kids outgrowing clothes fast and feeling pressured to have the latest gear,  it’s no wonder many families end up overspending their budget.But it doesn’t have to be this way. To help you cut ...

28 June 2017

Work for Bristol City Council?

We’ll be at 100 Temple Street and City Hall over the next few months for Bristol City Council employees to find out more about savings and loans through payroll deduction. Roadshow Dates City Hall, 11.30am-2pmCash Hall Wednesday 12 JulyWednesday 9 Au...

21 June 2017

Staycation

Since Brexit and the drop in the pound, more and more of us are choosing to skip foreign holidays and take a break much closer to home.UK holidays aren’t just more affordable, they can save you a lot of hassle (no passport panics or last-minute rush ...

15 June 2017

Holidaying abroad?

We’re all dreaming of a foreign holiday. Sun, sea, sand and exciting sights – what could be better? There must be a catch…Well usually there is: the price. Unless you’re unbelievably lucky and win yourself a free break, all that fun in a faraway plac...

8 June 2017

Work for Airbus

We’re at  Airbus Filton in June, July and September, for Airbus employees  to find out more about savings and loans through payroll deduction.Bristol Credit Union roadshowsStaff restaurant, Barnwell House 11.30am-2pm. Thursday 8 JuneThursday 20 JulyT...

6 June 2017

Cheques

After 23 June 2017 Bristol Credit Union will not be able to issue cheques that can be cashed at a Post Office.  This change is happening because our bank – The Co-operative - has ended its arrangement with the Post Office to cash cheques at its branc...

23 May 2017

Members’ Forum Bath

The next BCU Members’ Forum will take place at the Manvers Street Baptist Church in Bath, on Tuesday 27 June, 6.30pm.The Members’ Forum is a perfect opportunity for people to voice their opinions and suggest improvements to our products and services....

17 May 2017

Work for BANES?

Image: Stewart Black, FlickrWe’re at the One Stop Shop on Manvers Street, every Thursday, 1pm-3pm, for Bath and North East Somerset Council employees  to find out more about savings and loans through payroll deduction.Find out how to save directly fr...

11 May 2017

3 expensive holiday mistakes

You’ve got to love holidays. Sightseeing in the sun, beach time, yummy food – and all with nothing more to worry about than keeping the sun cream topped up.At least, that’s how it should be.Sadly, holidays don’t turn out that way for everyone. With b...

26 April 2017

Need a loan?

Is there something you want for your life but can’t afford? Something that would make a big difference? A loan could be the answer.But before you get stuck in to applying, it’s essential to stop and think. Loans can be a good option, but they do come...

13 April 2017

Win a £100 B&Q Gift Card

Easter is a perfect time to tackle those springtime home improvements. To help give your next project a boost, we’re offering you the chance to win a £100 B&Q Gift Card. To enter, simply visit the Bristol Credit Union Facebook page, like’ the F...

13 April 2017

Home decorating

If only real-life homes could look as good as the ones on Pinterest. You know the kind – stylish, colour-coordinated and unbelievably tidy.But unless you’re loaded (or lucky enough to be paid a visit by DIY SOS), what are the chances of making that h...

12 April 2017

All change!

Got your hands on the new fiver or £1 coin, but not sure what to do with your old money?  Here’s what you need to know. Old £5 notes On 5 May 2017, the old £5 notes will no longer be legal tender, so you won’t be able to spend them ...

6 April 2017

Buying a used car

It’s one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make (even if it is second-hand). And that makes buying a used car exciting – but a bit scary too.When you’re spending this much, you want to get it right. That means paying a great-value price for a reli...

5 April 2017

Easter holidays

The Easter holidays are almost upon us, and while most of the break will be spent eating hot cross buns and chocolate eggs, we’ve rounded up some other ways to keep your little bunnies occupied, on the cheap! MakeEaster is a perfect time to get craft...

30 March 2017

Struggling to get a loan?

No one likes being turned down. But getting a ‘no’ answer to your loan application doesn’t have to be the end of the story.It doesn’t normally mean you can’t borrow in the future. And in the long run, it could actually be a good thing. Why? Because o...

21 March 2017

Family Holiday planning

The family holiday has a lot riding on it these days. As tired and over-stretched parents, we look forward to the chance to unwind, re-energise and spend quality time with our partner and kids. But many of us also want something more than just a simp...

16 March 2017

Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day on 26 March – a day dedicated to celebrating your mum and what makes her special. So before you panic buy another expensive bouquet, check out our 5 alternative ways you can treat your mum, without splashing lots of cash*. * Please ...

14 March 2017

Home Improvements

If you love where you live, but your needs are changing, or you’d like to get more out of your property, then improvements could be the answer. Extensions or structural changes can bring you some of the major benefits of moving house, but at a lower ...

2 March 2017

Donate your dividend!

At the AGM on Thursday 23 February, members voted to approve a dividend of 0.25% for 2015/16, but also expressed a desire to give our members the opportunity to donate their dividend back to the credit union, so it can be reinvested back into the wor...

23 February 2017

Pan-tastic day!

Pancake Day falls on Tuesday 28 February this year.  Known as Shrove Tuesday, It’s traditionally the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.To mark the annual celebration of batter we’ve put together our 3 favourite recipes to suit ...

23 February 2017

The BBC needs you

We are working closely with the BBC and Curve Media on a new uplifting television series that highlights the important work carried out by credit unions like ourselves up and down the country. The programme will follow our work in helping people like...

15 February 2017

Bristol Credit Union AGM

Our Annual General Meeting for 2015/16 will take place on Thursday 23 February 2017, 7pm, at Hamilton House, Cheltenham Road.All members are welcome to attend. Come and find out more about your credit union, how we’ve performed over the past year and...

15 February 2017

Free NHS Health Checks

Do you want to get those New Year’s good intentions back on track? If you are aged 40-74 years, registered with a GP in Bristol and not receiving treatment already for a cardiovascular condition (diabetes, heart/kidney disease, high blood pressure or...

9 February 2017

Switch and Support

Whether you’ve a new project in mind, or if you’ve got borrowing with one of the big banks you’d like to switch, now’s a great time to choose Bristol Credit Union. Borrowing with us instead of with a bank really makes a difference to the work we can ...

7 February 2017

5 wallet-friendly ways to make Valentine’s Day special

As Prince once put it, ‘you don’t have to be rich’. These weren’t just the lyrics to a catchy love song – the late, great pop star really was on to something. Here’s the truth: money can’t buy you love, and you don’t have to be a big spender to make ...

17 January 2017

Work for Curo?

We’ll be at The Maltings in February and March for Curo employees to find out more about savings and loans through payroll deduction. Roadshow Dates 14th February, 11.30am-2pm 14th March, 11.30am-2pm Join Bristol Credit Union, and you can benefit fro...

17 January 2017

Member Forum profile

Thinking about joining the Member Forum but not sure what’s involved? Tony Saunders shares some of his reasons why he joined, and why he thinks you should too!1. Introduce yourself! Who are you, and how long have you been a member with BCU. I am Tony...

11 January 2017

Savings habits

What does 2017 have in store for you? Whether you’re planning a magical holiday, big wedding celebrations, or you just want to enjoy an extra-festive Christmas, chances are you’ll be needing some funds.Saving can be the most rewarding – and least str...

5 January 2017

Clear your debts faster and for less

Starting 2017 in debt? You’re not alone. The period before New Year is a prime time for borrowing to mount up, as many of us get swept away with the spirit of Christmas giving… not to mention those big fat festive parties.If January feels like ‘the m...

5 January 2017

Work for Bristol City Council?

We’ll be at 100 Temple Street, City Hall and Parkview Office Campus in January, February and March for Bristol City Council employees to find out more about savings and loans through payroll deduction. Roadshow Dates Temple Street, 11.30am-2pmThe Nex...

24 December 2016

Christmas Countdown

We know Christmas can be an expensive time, but we’ve got some great money-saving tips for staying on budget and making your money go further. Over the next 24 days we’ll be posting a daily tip which can help make you better off this Christmas, as we...

22 December 2016

Take part in a new BBC television series

We’ve been asked to help with the BBC and Curve Media on a new television series that highlights the importance of credit unions that help to prevent people from getting into a spiral of debt with high cost loan companies.  The programme will follow ...

14 December 2016

No-stress guide to last-minute Christmas shopping

We’re into December, the clock is ticking and your Christmas shopping still isn’t done. You’re busy, on a tight budget and you’ve got at least one relative who’s just impossible to buy for.You definitely don’t want to be running round Cabot Circus li...

16 November 2016

Black Friday - read our 4 tips before you shop

In just six years, Black Friday has grown from a non-event to the UK’s biggest shopping day. There’s a huge buzz around the sales, but do they live up to the hype?No doubt there’ll be plenty of deals on offer from Black Friday (25th November) right t...

2 November 2016

Get ahead for Christmas

Christmas. It seems to get earlier and earlier, doesn’t it? With boxes of baubles and mince pies already taking over the aisles of our local supermarkets, you may be tempted to stick your head in the sand and ignore it for a few more weeks. But, by s...

20 October 2016

International Credit Union day

Making a real difference for real people – that’s the essence of authenticity for Bristol Credit Union.Today is International Credit Union Day and this year’s theme is ‘the authentic difference’ – a celebration of the real impact that credit unions a...

19 October 2016

Reward yourself this Christmas

Introduce a friend or family member to our affordable loans and we’ll reward you with £15 each time when you introduce who applies for a loan. We’ll also pay their membership fee – saving them £2.50 as well.How do I recommend a friend? If...

13 October 2016

Back-to-school

It’s a good job we love our kids, because being a parent isn’t easy. Just as you’ve got over the start-of-summer panic (“what on earth am I going to do with them for six weeks?”) there’s another hurdle to deal with: back-to-school.Getting ready for a...

13 October 2016

#LowCostSummer

A few weeks into the school holidays and you may have already done all the things on your summer bucket-list. Fear not! Here are some more low-cost activity ideas to keep you going for a few more weeks. 1. Fun on the farm (Image: Walt Jabsco) There...

5 October 2016

Christmas borrowers ditch payday lenders

Families in Bristol and the West saved over £623,000 in interest over the last 12 months by turning to Bristol Credit Union in 2015 for their Christmas borrowing.Last year we issued over 1,100 loans worth just over £1 million in the run u...

5 October 2016

International Credit Union Day

It’s International Credit Union day on Thursday 20 October - the annual celebration of Credit Unions and the great work that they do around the world. It’s also a chance for our members to get more involved.This year’s theme is The Authentic Differen...

27 September 2016

Savings accounts

The interest rates on some of our savings accounts are changing. This will affect our Cash ISA, Child Trust Fund Account and the Children’s Savings account.A dividend is still payable on our Member Share Account, which is decided at our AGM – the rat...

21 September 2016

Loan interest rates

From the 17/09/16 we’ve changed our loan interest rates, as well as changing some of the other features of our products.All of our loan interest rates are still fixed for the term of the loan, there are no application or acceptance fees to pay, and y...

30 August 2016

Save the date for the AGM!

Our Annual General Meeting for 2015/16 will take place on Thursday 23 February 2017, 7pm, at Hamilton House, Cheltenham Road. All members are welcome to attend. Come and find out more about your credit union, how we’ve performed over the past year an...

11 August 2016

Take our Survey!

At Bristol Credit Union we’re always looking to improve our service. We’re working with MoneyCircles to find out how we might be able to improve our online services. We’ve produced a short survey so we can find out what our members need. It should on...

10 August 2016

Back-to-school needn’t break the bank

The average cost of school uniform can be around £200 – per child, per year*. That’s before you’ve bought PE kit and stationery.It’s a stretch for many of us, but your back-to-school shopping list needn’t break the bank.Access the money you nee...

2 August 2016

Soundwell Community Day

We’ll be at the Soundwell Community Day at Kingswood Leisure Centre on Tuesday 9 August, 2-4pm. Come along and find out more about the services we offer and meet other organisations who can give advice on employment, education and training and suppor...

27 July 2016

Best 3 summer activities for families on a budget

The school summer break is here. While that’s great news for kids, holiday time can be tough for parents. Five or six weeks is a long time to keep them entertained, especially if money is tight.Fear not, because we’ve come up with our three favourite...

26 July 2016

We recommend...

I think we can safely say that summer is here. To celebrate, we asked around the BCU office for people’s favourite things to do in Bristol and beyond when the sun shines. Here’s our round up. James Berry, CEO  (Image Ashley Coates) I love going to Ca...

21 July 2016

Family holiday planning

The family holiday has a lot riding on it these days. As tired and over-stretched parents, we look forward to the chance to unwind, re-energise and spend quality time with our partner and kids. But many of us also want something more than just a simp...

5 July 2016

BCU extends service in Staple Hill

Residents in Staple Hill and the surrounding area can now access the services of Bristol Credit Union four days a week, thanks to support from staff from the Our Place community project. The Bristol Credit Union service point at Our Place Community F...

30 June 2016

Ready for some summer fun?

When the kids are off school, it can be hard to find the extra cash to keep them entertained. That’s where our Everyday loan comes in.It’s a small loan with affordable repayments. So you can stop stressing over the pennies, and start looking forward ...

28 June 2016

Work for Bristol City Council?

We’ll be at 100 Temple Street and Parkview Office Campus in July and August for Bristol City Council employees to find out more about savings and loans through payroll deduction. Roadshow Dates Temple Street, 11.30am-2pmThe Nexus Wednesday 13 July an...

6 June 2016

Volunteers’ Week

It’s Volunteers’ Week! An annual event which takes place at the start of June, celebrating the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. Here at BCU we rely heavily on the support of volunteers, from Board Directors, through to peopl...

20 April 2016

Playing a part in the community

Bristol Credit Union has invested £15,000 in the South Bristol Sports Centre to help create six new all-weather five-a-side football pitches.As part of a total package of investment of c£1m, raised with the help of Bristol & Bath Regional...

29 March 2016

Member Forum

The next Member Forum meeting will take place on Tuesday 12 April, 6.30pm. The Forum is open to all our members; its aim is to provide a real ‘voice of the member’ through regular meetings, to help us understand how to improve our services even more....

17 March 2016

Important information

If you have a Bristol Credit Union Current Account (CUCA), you will have received a letter from us informing you that we are no longer able to provide this service for our members. If you haven’t received your letter then please contact us as soon as...

4 February 2016

4 simple saving tips for a happy 2016

What would you love to do, or experience, this year?How about treating your family to a special summer holiday? Or maybe you can think of a way to get more out of day-to-day life. Improving your kitchen with a roomier fridge. Buying a safer, more cos...

18 December 2015

Phone lines busy?

Our phone lines are often extremely busy at this time of year, but did you know you can carry out a wide range of transactions easily and securely, online? By registering for online access, you can check your account balances and transaction history...

6 November 2015

AGM 2016

Join us for our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 25 February and have your say.  The AGM is open to members and is a chance to find out more about your credit union, what we have been up to over the past year and what we’ll be working on during the...

8 October 2015

Join us

The Directors of Bristol Credit Union (BCU) are looking for up to three people to join the Board to work on a voluntary basis to support the work of the Credit Union.   This local savings and loans organisation aims to help local people borrow and sa...

22 September 2015

New Economy Summit 2015

Today’s mainstream economy has immense productive capacity, but we’re hitting the physical limits of the earth’s systems - climate change looms, allocation of resources is very unequal, dissent is growing. So what are the alternatives?Come and ...

22 September 2015

New Service Point in Larkhall

Residents of Larkhall and the surrounding area will soon be able to access services offered by Bristol Credit Union (BCU) from the New Oriel Hall, thanks to volunteers from the local community.From the 1 October, people will be able to drop in to the...

15 September 2015

Website changes

We have made some changes to our website which has meant updating some of the links that are used for the various secure areas, such as the member login page and the online membership application page.The changes have involved moving to a new secure ...

15 September 2015

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Members should be aware that some changes are being made to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). In particular there is a reduced protection limit which will apply to all banks, building societies and credit unions from the beginning of...

2 September 2015

Work for Bristol City Council?

We’ll be at The Nexus, 100 Temple Street on Wednesday 16 September and Wednesday 23 September, 11.30am-2.30pm for Bristol City Council employees to find out more about savings and loans through payroll deduction.  Bristol Credit Union work with many ...

16 July 2015

All Aboard!

The Bristol Pound, the UK’s first city-wide local currency is to be accepted by First Great Western for the first time at Bristol Temple Meads station. Customers will be able to use Bristol Pounds at the station’s ticket offices from Tuesday 14 July ...

1 July 2015

New Bristol Pounds

The  #NewBristolPounds will be launched on 1 July with fantastic new designs. This is a great moment for the scheme and marks three years of making a difference to the local economy in the city we all love.  New Bristol Pounds timetable1 July. ‘New’...

30 June 2015

New Service Point in Kingswood

Residents of Kingswood will be able to access services offered by Bristol Credit Union from Kingswood Library, thanks to volunteers from the local community. From the 2 July, people will be able to drop-in to the library on the High Street every Thu...

17 June 2015

Support renewable energy in the UK

100% renewable electricity company Good Energy has become the world’s first energy company to accept a local currency, with customers now able to pay their energy bills using Bristol Pounds.The West Country-based organisation, which supplies 100% ren...

4 June 2015

Stop Loan Sharks

Bristol Credit Union have teamed up with The England Illegal Money Lending Team, Bristol City Council, and Bristol Housing Partnership to encourage residents to sign up to a credit union account.  As part of the incentive anyone opening a credit unio...

19 May 2015

New Service Point in Filton

Residents of Filton  can now access a wide range of services offered by Bristol Credit Union from Filton Community Association.  The service point is open every Thursday, 9.30am to 11.30am at Filton Community Association, Elm Park, Filton, South Glou...

12 May 2015

UNITE and UNISON

Membership of Bristol Credit Union is now open to members of the UNITE and UNISON trade unions living or working in the South-West; this area covers Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. BCU is part of a network of credit ...

23 April 2015

New Bristol Pounds

Over 300 entries were received for the #NewBristolPounds Artwork Competition, from artists, amateur and professional, and school children.  An independent panel of eight judges selected the following designs to feature on the new paper Bristol Pound...

21 April 2015

New Service Point in Staple Hill

Residents of Staple Hill and the surrounding area are now able to take advantage of a wide range of services offered by Bristol Credit Union from Our Place Community Flat, Nelson Road.The new service point is now open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday ...

2 April 2015

ISA and Child Trust Fund

The annual ISA subscription limit is being increased from £15,000 to £15,240 for 2015-16, with effect from 6 April 2015. The Child Trust Fund subscription limit is being increased from £4,000 to £4,080 for the same period. Thi...

25 March 2015

We need volunteers!

Are you interested in volunteering in your local community?  We are currently looking for people with a few hours to spare, weekly, fortnightly or monthly to help support the work we do at our Branch or at one of our Service Points across Bristol, Ba...

24 March 2015

Bristol Pound Artwork Competition

Over 200 entries from artists, amateur and professional, across Bristol were received for the Bristol Pound Artwork Competition. The winning artworks will be chosen by a panel of judges on Thursday 26th March, including BCU’s Deputy CEO, Kate Han...

24 March 2015

Problems viewing the website?

Some of our members are experiencing problems viewing our new website. We suggest you try pressing CTRL + F5 to refresh your browser. You may need to do this more than once if you are visiting multiple pages on the website. This guide by Wikihow,...

17 March 2015

Pay your Council Tax in Bristol Pounds

From April 1 Bristol residents will be able to use the UK’s first citywide local currency to make council tax payments.Information about the Bristol Pound  (£Bs) and how to switch payment methods is  included in this year’s council tax bills an...

11 March 2015

A new look website

Welcome to our brand new website! We hope you like the improved look and feel. Logging on to your online account will remain the same, and we hope it’s much easier to find out about our wide range of services, as well as how to find our branch and...

10 March 2015

Closure of Knowle Service Point

The Service Point in the SOFA Project shop in Broadwalk Shopping Centre in Knowle has now closed due to relocation of this shop. Many thanks for all their support and to our team of volunteers who made these sessions possible.Our Filwood Service Poin...

5 February 2015

Paper Bristol Pounds to be reissued

If you take a close look at your paper Bristol Pounds, you’ll notice an expiry date; 30th September 2015.Due to Bank of England regulations, ALL paper Bristol Pounds will be recalled and reissued during 2015. The new paper Bristol Pounds will contain...

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