Glasgow Credit Union is the largest and most successful credit union in the UK with over 50,000 members. We offer loans, savings and mortgages and our services are exclusively available to people who live or work within the Glasgow ‘G’ postcode area.
Although the products we offer are similar to those you’d find at a bank, our ethos is very different. We’re a financial mutual, which means that we are owned by our members. Every member has an equal say on matters that affect the credit union – via voting at our Annual General Meetings – and our Board of Directors are elected from within the membership.
Members are our only shareholders, so when the credit union is successful, we share this success with them in the form of affordable lending rates, financial education, encouragement of financial resilience in the form of savings, donations to our local communities and good causes, and an annual dividend. This is paid on savings, or as an interest rebate on loan and mortgage interest, or both!
As well as being a financial mutual, we’re also a social enterprise – so our over-arching ethos is to improve our community through financial empowerment and education. We’re committed to working with local organisations and employers to increase financial awareness in the wider community. This can be seen in our Giving Glasgow work with local charities and good causes, as well as our work with local businesses.
Each month we donate to local charities and good causes through our charitable fund, Giving Glasgow. In the past four years, we have donated over £60,000 to local charities and good causes. We encourage all members and non-members to submit nominations. To find out more and make a nomination today, visit our Giving Glasgow page.
One of our objectives is to promote financial wellbeing and empowerment throughout the Glasgow area. Our Employer Partner scheme is just one way we succeed in doing so. We currently work with over 100 employers from the greater Glasgow area, giving their employees access to easy savings, loans and mortgages. By becoming an employer partner, every employee that works for you can save directly from their wage. This, alongside our financial wellbeing presentations, can help support good money management and reduce stress and absenteeism commonly associated with poor money management. To find out more, check out our Employer Partner page.
We have been promoting financial education since we opened in 1989, but over the past 10 years, we regularly hold financial education events in primary schools and high schools across the Glasgow area. In doing so, we hope that future generations will be capable of making healthy financial decisions throughout their lives. Check out our financial education page for more information.
The Good Business Charter
We were delighted to be the first credit union to receive accreditation from the Good Business Charter which provides recognition for responsible businesses. The GBC has partnered with the Living Wage Foundation, the Ethical Trading Initiative, and the Prompt Payment Code, amongst others, as part of its accreditation process.
The charter set out standards that we’re proud to promote and helps reinforce our inherent belief that by doing right by our members, our staff, and our community is not only good for business, but also for society.
The FairLife Charity aims to promote financial education and improve lives by helping to encourage better standards in the financial services industry.
Our savings, loans and mortgage products have been awarded with their FairLife Mark, which highlights our commitment to fair trading, honest pricing and embracing good practice.
Please check first that you are eligible to apply:
You are aged 18 or over
You have had an active Glasgow Credit Union membership for at least 3 months
You have a UK bank account in your own or joint names
You are a permanent UK resident
You have never been bankrupt or had a Court Decree
To complete your application you will need:
Your current employer's address details
Details of monthly income and outgoings
Bank or building society details (sort code and account number)
To enable us to make a decision on your loan application we will contact Credit Referencing & Fraud Prevention Agencies. This will register a search against your credit record and if your application is successful we will share the information we hold for you with these agencies. Further details are available in our Privacy Notice
It is important that you read the Privacy Notice document above. If there is anything that you do not understand, please contact us.
Please be aware that the longer you take to pay back a loan, the more you will pay back in interest. If you go for a shorter term your monthly repayment might go up, but you'll save in interest and pay back your loan faster.