Last week the One Advice Group, of which Harrington Brooks is a part of, showed their support to partners, colleagues and customers by attending the opening of Manchester Credit Union’s (MCU’s) new flagship city centre branch.

Hayley Cropper MCU


The branch was opened with a special ceremony on International Credit Union Day by soap star Julie Hesmondhalgh (pictured) who is also a fan and keen supporter.

More commonly known for her role as Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street she won Best Serial Drama Performance at the 2014 National Television Awards and Best Actress at the 2014 British Soap Awards.

Julie has been a long term supporter of credit unions and has often spoken in support of the vital work credit unions perform in communities in the North West.

All employees at the One Advice Group have the opportunity to save with MCU using the “Payroll Plus”, salary sacrifice scheme. The Group advocates helping customers and colleagues work towards their financial goals and this facilitates colleagues having a savings buffer and peace of mind should an emergency arise.

The Group supports the proposition that customers should be able to have savings on their plan as an agreed line of expenditure, in order to help make the plan sustainable. Recent research suggests that savings of just £1,000 could protect 500,000 households from falling into problem debt.

Manchester Credit Union has come a long way since it was created by a group of volunteers in the back of a community centre in Beswick, East Manchester in 1991. Established to offer the people of the local area access to affordable, ethical and friendly financial services, it now serves nearly 20,000 members throughout Greater Manchester.

“We are delighted to be opening our new flagship city centre branch and head office on International Credit Union Day. This year’s theme, People Helping People, embraces the longstanding credit union philosophy on which credit unions in Britain are founded. Together with other credit unions across the Greater Manchester City Region we are offering a real financial alternative to people across the city”.

Manchester Credit Union Chief Executive Christine Moore

The move to the city centre is seen as Manchester Credit Union’s coming of age. The credit union serves employees in hospitals, local authorities, companies and housing associations as well as thousands of individuals and families in local communities. The new city centre branch establishes Manchester Credit Union as an important mutual financial institution serving everyone in the city and the region.

Read more about International Credit Union Day

Manchester Credit Union’s new flagship Manchester branch is located at 48 to 50 Brazennose Street, M2 5EA.