Excellence in action research

A vision to make a significant contribution to the sustainability and vibrancy of community finance in Europe.

Through high-quality, accurate and accessible action research and advice.

For and with community finance providers, including credit unions, co-operative banks, building societies, community development finance institutions, social enterprises and other mutuals.

Based in co-operative and credit union values.




We were delighted to see the recognition afforded to the British credit union movement through the award of MBEs to the CEOs of two of our member credit unions. Caroline Domanski (No1 CopperPot Credit Union) and Teresa Manning (Clockwise Credit Union) were made...

New Year New Podcast
New Year New Podcast

New Year New Podcast

Communications professional and long-time credit unionist Chris Smith has launched the UK’s first credit union-focused podcast series, ‘Chris Smith is Talking Credit Unions’. This exciting new addition to the movement’s resources offers interviews with relevant...


Summary of Proceedings, Members Conference 18 January 2019

This is a brief record of the presentations and discussions that took place at our recent conference in Manchester, attended by 100 delegates from the movement in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Romania and Scotland. The report can be downloaded here or by clicking the image to the right. The themes were Collaboration and Communities, with presentations from several practitioners.

A number of key points, practical insights and learning outcomes emerged during the day. At the close, Dr Paul Jones, Director of Research, picked out just a few, including the importance for collaboration of:

  • Clarity about business outcomes
  • Good and effective governance – and the role of the board in driving collaboration
  • Coping with the loss of autonomy
  • Recognising that there is not one sole path to collaboration – there are multiple models and approaches
  • Developing relationships based on trust.

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The Centre for Community Finance Europe works in collaboration with the Research Unit for Financial Inclusion at Liverpool John Moores University.