14Aug/17

NEFirst launches sponsorship of Bishop Auckland FC

NEFirst launches sponsorship of Bishop Auckland FC

NEFirst Credit Union officially launched their sponsorship of Bishop Auckland Football Club on Saturday (August 12).

The Credit Union invited figures from around the region to attend the launch, wh

ich took place at Bishop Aucklan

d’s first home game of the season.

The Bishop of Durham Paul Butler was among those who attended the event to show his support for the sponsorship.

NEFirst Credit Union, who will be the club’s main sponsor for the 2017/18 season, provide access to straightforward, secure savings accounts and affordable loans and provide an alternative to the higher-cost lenders that feature on the shirts of several professional clubs.

Peter Mackie, chair of NEFirst, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring Bishop Auckland Football Club and it was great to be able to launch the partnership publicly on Saturday.

“As a credit union, we are member focussed and community based and this agreement will allow us engage with more people in the area.

“We are committed to offering an alternative to high-cost or illegal lenders and hopefully through the awareness this deal raises, more people will be able to benefit from the products we offer.

“And with several professional clubs promoting high-cost lenders, it is great to have the opportunity to showcase the other, lower cost options people have available to them.”

One of the driving forces behind the deal was the opportunity for the two organisations that share the same core values to collaborate.

Both organisations are community focussed and this is something that has brought them together. NEFirst is a not for profit organisation owned and run by its members.

Bishop Auckland FC’s Commercial Director Dave Mills is very enthusiastic about the deal and 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 public launch 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.

NEFirst has four offices at Gateshead, Durham, Birtley and North Shields. It also has 45 Local Service Points across the region where people can sign up to become members, deposit money into their accounts, apply for loans and take out money from their savings.

NEFirst is committed to stamping out loan sharks.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) – a national team that investigate and prosecute loan sharks – have awarded Bishop Auckland FC with £5,000 of proceeds of crime money to use towards a project that helps raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks to local residents and football fans.

The team will share shirt sponsorship with the credit union, as they try to get fans to turn away from loan sharks and start saving and borrowing with the credit union instead. As well as shirt sponsorship, IMLT will have information in match programmes, announcements at games, and will work with the club on social media campaigns throughout the season.

This funding has come from proceeds of crime money; cash confiscated from convicted loan sharks, following successful prosecutions.

A loan shark is someone who lends money without the correct authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Tony Quigley, Head of the England Illegal Money Lending Team, said: “We are pleased to be working with Bishop Auckland FC to raise awareness of loan sharks to local residents and football fans.

“The football club have agreed to promote our stop loan sharks message and hotline number on their football kit and pitch banners.

“Loan sharks are criminals who prey on vulnerable individuals and exploit borrowers for personal financial gain. These lenders may appear to be offering a community service but borrowers are often forced to pay back far and above what they have borrowed and can afford.

“If you or someone you know has been the victim of a loan shark, please contact the team on 0300 555 2222 or visit the website www.stoploansharks.uk. We will accept information anonymously or in confidence.”

For more information about NEFirst visit www.nefirstcu.co.uk. For more information about Bishop Auckland FC visit www.bishopafc.com.

13Jul/17

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.

26Apr/17

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.

26Apr/17

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.

10Feb/17

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

Credit union ‘the way forward’ says union and council

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

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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.