Updates on Centre activity

February 2018

We are working on more papers currently. The first will be out soon, on how to implement revolving credit within a lending portfolio. Another is on lesson from building central finance facilities in US, for later in the spring, as well as a review of international experiences of credit unions issuing mortgages.

And a few more photos from our meeting in Manchester last month now posted below. Some familiar faces ...

January 2018

30/01/18 - Great first meeting of GB members and some interested observers in Manchester (see above for Ralph kicking things off; will have more photos soon). A highly interactive session has given us lots to work on for research priorities in 2018. We'll be getting back to members in Britain and Ireland by the end of Feb with a programme. We've got some excellent ideas already - watch this space.

17/01/18 - We were delighted to participate in the CUNA Mutual Leadership seminar in Dublin last week. Paul is shown below, presenting the highlights of our research report on Irish credit union business models. The discussion panel after the presentation was supportive of our diagnosis, and our recommendations (based on international success stories, broaden the product and service offer and collaborate to do so).  It was less clear, perhaps, how a single voice for advocacy on behalf of the sector might be achieved.

Also an interesting presentation from Bernard Colgan on GDPR. Many thanks to Paul, Bernard and Ann at Cuna Mutual for the invitation and the excellent event.

December 2017

01/12/17 - The report on Irish credit union business models, circulated to CFCFE members last month, is now available to everyone. You can download it here.

The key messages are that: the objective evidence demonstrates the case for change to the existing business model, international examples show an expansion of the proposition to members is a successful model, and that collaboration within the sector will be required to build the necessary capability. But first, we need a shared vision of the future, and an appetite for change.

November 2017
30/11/17 - The report on Irish credit union business models was circulated to members on 30th November 2017.  

The main messages are: there is a critical need for change, there are international examples that offer encouragement, and collaboration will be necessary. We await feedback with anticipation ...

Non-members will have to wait a couple of weeks, but we will be publishing it on this site, or get in touch to register for a copy.

November 2017

17/11/17 - Paul and Nick met in Bucharest, hosted by the Romanian credit unionists UNCARS and Asociatia de Laboratorul Solidaritate, for the launch meeting of an EU-funded project to improve financial education for credit union members in Romania, and to develop governance training materials for credit union boards in the UK and Romania. 

Also attending were Italian co-operators Federation Trentina della Cooperazione and Formazione Lavoro.

July 2017

16/07/17 - The Centre was launched in Dublin at a meeting of Directors with Founding Members from Ireland, kindly hosted by the Commhar Linn INTU Credit Union, to agree the Centre's initial research plan for Irish credit unions.

June 2017
05/07/17 - Paul and Nick were guests of Federation Nationale de Caisse d'Epargne in Paris, where they introduced financial inclusion issues in Britain to an invited audience from co-operative savings banks in France.

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