NEFirst announced as Bishop Auckland FC’s main sponsor

Bishop Auckland Football Club have announced NEFirst Credit Union will be their new main sponsor.

One of the driving forces behind the decision was the opportunity to collaborate with a brand that shares the football club’s core values.

The deal is for one year initially, with the option of extending the partnership by a further 12 months.

The NEFirst logo will be displayed on the front of all BAFC’s first team playing shirts and replica shirts for the 2017-18 season.

NEFirst Credit Union provides access to straightforward, secure savings accounts and affordable loans.

It was formed by the merger of a number of smaller North East based Credit Unions who have been providing savings and loan accounts for their members for more than twenty years.

BAFC’s Commercial Director Dave Mills said: “This partnership is the flagship and most prestigious sponsorship, advertising and marketing product at Bishop Auckland Football Club.

“It provides NEFirst Credit Union the opportunity to become the club’s major commercial partner and prominently stand side by side with the football club, in all aspects of its business, throughout the period of the agreement.

“The partnership is about developing strong relationships, enhancing the brand of each partner and engaging with the local community. This forward-thinking partnership is built between the two organisations, who each take pride in performance and innovation, with an unwavering culture of integrity and success. I’m sure this announcement will be very well received by everyone associated with the football club.”

NEFirst Credit Union covers the whole of the North East, including County Durham, Northumberland and all of the boroughs that make up Tyne and Wear (Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, North Tyneside and South Tyneside). Anyone who lives or works in this area is eligible to join.

Nick Postma, BAFC Chairman, added: “As a club that wants to be involved more with the community we are delighted to enter into a partnership with NEFirst to promote their financial services to the public.”

Mick Davison, Director of NEFirst, is equally enthusiastic about this agreement and said: “We’re delighted to be able to take the opportunity to sponsor Bishop Auckland FC. We look forward to working side by side with the club to enhance our brand and engage with the local community.

“We are keen to highlight that there are alternatives to high-cost or illegal lenders and this will provide a platform to help us do that.

“Credit Unions are member focussed, community based organisations and I believe these characteristics are shared by Bishop Auckland FC.”

The club will be making a further announcement in the next few days to inform everyone about when and how the new first team shirts will be available to purchase.

NEFirst is committed to stamping out loan sharks and works closely with the Durham Savers Project to support the local community.


NEFirst Credit Union partners the County Council in the Durham Savers project

NEFirst Credit Union is proud to work in partnership with Durham County Council in the Durham Savers project which aims to prevent families falling into poverty and to help those in poverty to move out of poverty. The project fosters partnership between the credit union and a huge range of service providers because finance is at the heart of difficulties for families when nearly a quarter of children in the county live in poverty.  Moving the culture away from a dependence on high cost credit and toward affordable, ethical and accessible savings and borrowing connects with families’ needs in housing, health, advice and support.  The Durham Savers project enables NEFirst to offer services to more children and families so that we can all become Durham Savers.


NEFirst’s payroll deduction scheme works for Andrew James…

NEFirst Credit Union is proud to offer saving by payroll deduction to employees of participating employers like Andrew James, who have found that this was straightforward for the employer and hugely rewarding for staff. It benefits the business by moving it toward being an employer of choice, as well as contributing toward achieving the Better Health at Work Award.


NEFirst Credit Union celebrates growth in East Durham Area Action Partnership

Sid Rooke, Director NEFirst Credit Union presents ‘ceremonial’ cheque to members of East Durham AAP (Joyce Lovack, Edna Connor, Alan Miller and Malcolm Fallow) to celebrate the awarding of £500,000 worth of loans to the residents of East Durham.

From left to right: Sid Rooke (Director of the North East First Credit Union), Joyce Lovack (Shotton Residents Association), Councillor Edna Connor (Horden Youth and Community Centre), Alan Miller (Vice Chair East Durham Area Action Partnership), Malcolm Fallow (CEO of East Durham Trust).

Read more at: http://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/credit-Runion-sees-huge-growth-as-austerity-continues-to-bite-1-8380742

Our new shop at Gateshead

Our new shop at Gateshead

The North East Credit Union is opening its first town centre branch in Gateshead.

For the first time, they say, they will be able to offer the same facilities as rival banks and building societies on the High Street.

The NEFirst Credit Union is a merger of smaller credit unions in the region, which have provided savings and loan accounts for more than 20 years. more

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Here are Rodney Bickerstaffe, a former General Secretary of Unison and Cllr Mick Henry, the leader of Gateshead Council:


Credit Union Opening June-5th


NE First Credit Union Gateshead Shop

11 Interchange Centre, West Street,
Gateshead, NE8 1BH
Tel: 0330 055 3666
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am-2.30pm.