Bridlington mayor pays visit to new look Credit Union

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BRIDLINGTON’S branch of the Hull and East Yorkshire Credit Union (HEYCU) has undergone an extensive refurbishment.

And to celebrate the completion of the major refit and improvement project, Bridlington’s mayor Coun Michael Charlesworth paid a visit to the branch, in Prospect Street.

HEYCU, a locally-run co-operative provider of savings and bank accounts and low-cost loans, moved to its own premises in early in 2010, after being based inside the Community Resource Centre for five years.

At first only minimal changes were made to the premises, but the growth in membership and business gave the HEYCU directors the confidence to modernise the internal layout, instal new counters, improve the lighting and staff facilities, and completely redecorate the premises.

New signage has been installed in HEYCU’s new brand style, to improve recognition and match the appearance of its new branch in Hull.

The work was carried out by East Yorkshire-based contractors, Yorkshire Maintenance Company, which was also responsible for refitting the Hull headquarters.

The changes represent a significant investment in Bridlington by HEYCU and members using the branch have welcomed the bright new look and better facilities.

John Smith, HEYCU’s Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted with the improvements at Bridlington and the feedback so far has been fantastic. Unlike the major banks, we are a locally-based mutual organisation, owned by our members, and all funds generated in the business must be used for their benefit.

“In this case, we decided to reinvest in our premises in Bridlington, so that we can provide our members in the town with an even better service long into the future.”

As well as seeing the improvements for himself, the Mayor was able to meet with directors, staff and volunteers and learn more about the way they help people to manage their money wisely.