2018 BRITISH & IRISH 'OSCARS' and CELEBRATORY DINNER

 "Edward Filene Credit Union Awards for Performance Excellence - Great Britain & Ireland" 
 "Joe Biden Awards for the Development Educators of the Year" - from around the world

UK’S CREDIT UNION 'OSCARS' – SATURDAY, 17 NOVEMBER 2018 
Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester
Co-hosted by "Credit Unions for Greater Manchester a.k.a. "SoundPound"

DIARY DATE -  SATURDAY 16th NOVEMBER FOR THE 2019 AWARDS DINNER, AGAIN AT THE RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN MANCHESTER

MAYOR OF THE GREATER MANCHESTER COMBINED AUTHORITY, ANDY BURNHAM, STATES “I AM A HUGE SUPPORTER OF THE CREDIT UNION WAY OF DOING BUSINESS”

At the UK’s Credit Union “Oscars” held for the first time in Manchester, Jeff Seneviratne, Vice Chair of “Credit Unions for Greater Manchester” (as far as is known a unique consortium of eight credit unions serving Manchester and its surrounding areas) read a statement from Greater Manchester’s Mayor, Andy Burnham who said

"I’m sorry I can’t make it this evening, not least because I am a huge supporter of the credit union way of doing business. Credit unions transform people’s lives because they help them manage their finances in a way that means they don’t have to resort to loansharks and payday lenders. I’m proud to say that Greater Manchester Combined Authority will be working with the Consortium of Credit Unions and other partners across Greater Manchester over the coming months.

I welcome their co-operative way of working and would like to congratulate the Greater Manchester Consortium on both co-hosting this Awards dinner and being nominated for such a prestigious award." Andy Burnham

“Credit Unions for Greater Manchester” won the Award “Pursuing International Co-Operative Alliance Principle 6 - Co-Operation Amongst Co-Operatives” in recognition of the way the eight credit unions in the area had come together to better serve their communities and bring the unique credit union difference to everyone within the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.  

The Awards Dinner celebrates those who have successfully participated in the Filene and Biden Awards programme by showcasing and applauding their efforts and achievements and gives a superb opportunity for those involved in the co-operative credit union movement to meet others from this country and other parts of the world engaged in co-operative activity.

Click to read more about aims of the two Award programmes - the international “Joe Biden Award for Development Educator of the Year” and the “Edward Filene Credit Union Awards for Performance Excellence – Great Britain & Ireland”  

With so many excellent entries this year, both Judging Panels had a hard time and even though working and scoring independently of each other, there were many joint winners, with some extremely close Runners Up and Highly Commended biting at their heels. 

2018 JOE BIDEN AWARDS FOR DEVELOPMENT EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR FROM AFRICA, ASIA, AUSTRALASIA, THE CARIBBEAN, EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA

This year, entries were received from Africa, Asia, Europe and for the first time from North America, with two entries of very high calibre coming from the USA.

… Africa     PETER OWIRA ONUNGA, ACDE, ADE
                    
Manager - Sacco Supervision, Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority, Nairobi, Kenya   
                    See his qualifying achievements here

Asia        MARILOU "MALOU" GUANZON-APALISOK, PhDE, CANADA DE1/CaribDE26
                    
Executive Training Director "The Storytelling Power of Co-Operatives", Cebu City, Philippines   
                    See her warm greeting and acceptance here

… Europe   MALCOLM NGOUALA, DEUK, ADE
                    
Hoot Credit Union Ltd, Bolton, Lancs  - his amazing DE project can be seen here

… from the United States of America
                   
SHELLI MCCOY, CUDE, Vice President Operations,
                   Tarrant County's Credit Union, Forth Worth, Texas  See her inspirational DE project here 

And separated by a hair’s breadth - Runner Up
                  
TERRY LAUDICK, CUDE. President and Chief Executive Officer
                  Nusenda Credit Union, Albuquerque, New Mexico  See the work he's doing in his community here

2018 EDWARD FILENE CREDIT UNION AWARDS FOR PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE – GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND

The Winners are set out in order of aggregate points achieved over all entries per credit union, with the highest ranking winning 

theEDWARD FILENE AWARD FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIPwhich was awarded to 

COMMUNITY FIRST CREDIT UNION LTD based in Mexborough, Yorks - the credit union achieving the highest aggregate score across all categories, their film can be seen here

  • GARY SIMPSON – “Chief Executive Officer of the Year” - Joint Winner
  • PAT MARRIOTT – “Single Benefactor to a Credit Union” - Joint Winner
  • ZOE MONKMAN – “Customer Services Officer of the Year“
  • BETH MOSS – “Young Credit Union Leader” (aged between 17 & 35 Years) - Runner Up
  • “Credit Union Advocacy with Local and National Politicians” - Runner Up
  • “Community Mobilisation and Outreach” - Runner Up
  • “Setting Up “Pop Up” Credit Union Services” - Runner Up

TheRAIFFEISEN” HALL OF FAME – 2018 - is a new Award to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Freidrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen, godfather of the European co-operative movement. 
This was awarded to a credit union that, by taking part in the Awards programme since 2012, has won almost all the various Award categories over the years.

DRAGONSAVERS CREDIT UNION LTD, Treorchy, Wales - see their latest Award winning successes here

  • “Serving As A Financial Incubator for SME Businesses" sponsored by HW Fisher & Company
  • “Setting Up “Pop Up” Credit Union Services”
  • “Achieving Business Growth” - Runner Up
  • “Use of the Media” - Runner Up
  • “Credit Union Advocacy with Local and National Politicians” - Highly Commended

With many new credit unions participating this year and doing extremely well, the list of achievers includes: 

CARDIFF & VALE CREDIT UNION LTD, Cardiff, Wales -  click here for fascinating insights into their work 

  • “Credit Union Advocacy with Local and National Politicians”
  • “Hosting Saving Schemes for Primary & Secondary School Pupils” – Runner Up
  • “Achieving Business Growth” – Highly Commended
  • “Use of the Media” – Highly Commended

JUBILEE TOWER CREDIT UNION LTD, Darwen, Lancs - their great story can be seen here

  • ISOBEL HOLLINGS – “Young Credit Union Leader” (aged between 17 & 35 Years) - Joint Winner
  • Achieving Business Growth” (applying innovatory methods & mobilising external support from the private sector) sponsored by Caroma Systems Ltd

EAST SUSSEX CREDIT UNION LTD, Hove, East Sussex - see their inspiring activities here

  • “Community Mobilisation and Outreach”  
  • “Use of the Media” – Joint Winner

UNIFY CREDIT UNION LTD, Wigan, Lancs

  • Special Award for Excellence in “Film Production”  Do take time to view their winning films here
  •  “Hosting Saving Schemes for Primary & Secondary School Pupils” sponsored by Unity Trust Bank plc
  • “Use of the Media” – Joint Winner    

COALISLAND CREDIT UNION LTD, Dungannon, Northern Ireland

  • “Fundraising For Good Purposes” - Joint Winner - see how they support their local community and raise the profile of their credit union here
  • BRIAN O'NEILL – “Chief Executive Officer of the Year” - Runner Up

SOUTH MANCHESTER CREDIT UNION LTD, MANCHESTER

  • SHEENAGH YOUNG – “Chief Executive Officer of the Year” - Joint Winner, her story can be seen here

COMMSAVE CREDIT UNION LTD, Northampton

  • “Fundraising For Good Purposes” - Joint Winner - the story of its work with national and local charities can be seen here

“CREDIT UNIONS FOR GREATER MANCHESTER” (a consortium of 8 credit unions in NW England)

  • Pursuing International Co-Operative Alliance Principle 6 “Co-Operation Amongst Co-Operatives”  sponsored by CUSO-UK view their entry here

MARTIN BUSCH, DEUK, LISBURN CREDIT UNION LTD, Antrim, Northern Ireland

  • “Single Benefactor To A Credit Union” – Joint Winner - See his acceptance speech here

KELSEY SMITH, SALFORD CREDIT UNION LTD, Salford

  • “Young Credit Union Leader” (between 17 & 35 years) - Joint Winner - See her story here

MANCHESTER CREDIT UNION LTD, Manchester

  • “Achieving Business Growth” - Runner Up

KILLARNEY CREDIT UNION LTD, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

  • “Community Mobilisation and Outreach” – Highly Commended

Full details of the various Award categories can be seen here; the full list of Award Winners from 2011 to 2017 here; in due course photos and filmed highlights of the 2018 Awards will be available but in the meantime photos and filmed highlights of the previous Credit Union "Oscars" can be found here