Happy birthday PKCU!

18th March 2016

Perth and Kinross Credit Union (PKCU) will celebrate its second birthday on 7 April 2016.

This marks 24 months of providing low cost, ethical savings and loans to the people of Perth and Kinross. 

PKCU was set up, with support from Perth & Kinross Council and Citizens Advice Scotland, to offer financial services to everyone, including people who may not be able to access a bank loan. Unlike a bank, we’re not here to make money. We ask members to save money regularly and make sure they can afford to pay back any money we lend them. 

The credit union now boasts almost 900 members and has opened local offices in Blairgowrie and Crieff, as well as the main office in Perth. In 2015, PKCU approved 700 loans. 

Chair of Perth and Kinross Credit Union Euan Walker said, “In the two years since MSP John Swinney formally opened the credit union in 2014, we have grown in membership, reach and budget – we are trusted to hold over £300,000 in members’ savings. I’m delighted with our progress so far, and would like to thank our staff, volunteers, supporters and members who have all helped us on the road to success.

“We’re still a young organisation and have great ambitions for the future, with more local offices planned in Pitlochry, Kinross and Letham. In such a large geographical area, it’s vital that as many people as possible can access our services.”

John Swinney, MSP, added: “The first two years of the Perth and Kinross Credit Union represents a tremendous effort and achievement by all those involved from the volunteers and staff through to the savers and borrowers.

“The Credit Union is a wonderful asset for local people who would otherwise face significant challenges budgeting in a cost effective way and to this end the Credit Union has demonstrated its tremendous worth.

“I believe the Credit Union is now permanently established here in Perth & Kinross and I look forward to learning further about future growth.” 

Membership of PKCU is open to anyone who lives or works in the Perth and Kinross local authority area. You can join by calling us at 01738 624872 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday or by coming into the office at 282 High Street, Perth. The office is open from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm Monday to Friday. Find out more, including our area office opening hours, online: www.pkcu.org.uk

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