It remains business as usual for the team at Blues and Twos, however as Corona virus spreads, we would like to update you on what we are doing to minimise any potential disruption and continue to provide you with the service you expect from us.
We already have a business continuity plan in place for such an event and have reviewed this in light of Corona virus. As part of our plan, we are:
Following the Government guidelines to reduce the risk of infection and spread of the virus
Wherever possible we are removing the need for face-to-face meetings and travel
Identifying vulnerable employees and checking travel plans
Ensuring all our employees are trained in using our online facility to assist with your savings and lending enquiries
Blues and Twos Credit Union is “Here to help you Save, and there when you need to Borrow”. Owned entirely by its members and managed by a trained and professional team.
The Blues & Twos team are passionate about improving the financial well-being of all members and offer you regular saving encouragement and affordable credit union loans, repayments direct from your pay or pension, which means that you save as you borrow.
Regular savings direct from salary that you can withdraw at anytime, no account fees, no annual charge, annual dividend payment.
Affordable loans up to £25,000, with no early redemption fees or hidden costs, repayments directly from your wage.
Free life cover on your savings up to the age of 75, at no extra cost.
We help over 8800 members to manage their finances, we encourage you to join today and start enjoying the benefits.
With a non-profitable credit union, we put the focus on ensuring that you are always provided with the best service, rather than maximising profits. This way, the credit union is run with the end goal of rewarding the members. Join Blues and Twos today!
Blues & Twos Society Bumper Lottery Winner
Congratulations went this week to Gaynor Bretherton on winning the Blues and Twos Society £1000 Bumper July Prize Draw. Gaynor said “What an incredible win £1000. Thank you so much. I have been with the Blues and Twos Credit Union for many years and have not had so much as a sniff at the lottery, […]
The Winners of the July Blues and Twos Society Bumper Lottery draw are now available to view. “You have to be in it – to Win it!” The next bi-annual Bumper Draw is due to be drawn in December with an additional prize of £1,000 up for grabs. If you would like to join, or increase your […]
Congratulations to our 15,000 member welcomed to the Blues and Twos Credit Union in June. Abby said “I’d been aware of Blues and Twos since I joined Lancs in 2019 as a number of colleagues had saving accounts and recommended them but I just never got round to signing up. When I changed job roles, […]
NEW Secure messaging increasingly popular with members…
Just over 2760 Blues and Twos members are now using NIVO, the secure messaging option introduced at the start of the Covid19 pandemic. By simply registering for NIVO using the “Chat with us” button on our homepage you can register for easy contact with the credit union 24/7. Leaving a message out-of-office hours is proving […]
Meeting with pre-retirement delegates at last weeks Police pre-retirement event held at Lancashire Police Headquarters, Hutton Lisa from the Blues and Twos team said it was lovely to see so many familiar faces, many of which were already members of the credit union. “A great opportunity for them and us, to give details on the […]
Promoting regular saving direct from your pay-on-pay day. That’s what the Blues and Twos team do every day. The message is simple – Save before you spend. If you open a Blues and Twos savings account during July or August 2021 you will be entered into the Blues and Twos £100 UK Hotel Voucher prize […]
Chief Constable visits Lancashire Police Credit Union
Our CEO, Vicky Harrison, welcomed the recently appointed Chief Constable, Chris Rowley, to our offices this week to meet with the Blues and Twos team and witness first hand the commitment and role we play in helping our members with their finances throughout their career & retirement. Leading on well-being, Mr Rowley was keen to […]
Visitors now being welcomed back to the Blues and Twos Credit Union office at Police HQ, Hutton, Preston. Come and see our team Monday – Friday 10am-4pm, we are here to help with your saving and borrowing needs, account queries and much more. We welcome you to call in but if you can’t all our […]
Our new open banking option gives you the loan applicant, faster access to your bank account statement data to support your loan application. Same day decisions and funds now possible for loan applications from £300-£25,000 received before 2pm Monday to Friday. Register to ‘Chat with us on NIVO’ and we will send you the open […]
Ken, an NHS employee from the Blackpool area is the lucky winner of our recent “Introduce a Friend” Competition winning a £50 credit to his Blues and Twos account’. Ken found out about Blues and Twos via his colleague. For more information on our Savings accounts, please visit our website. Already a member, introduce your […]
As a regular user of online banking Apps on your mobile device, tablet or PC you can arrange to view all your bank accounts in one place. You may have already done this with your bank or building society. Registering for Open Banking is so easy and helps you gather your bank statement data really […]
It’s a WIN for the Blues and Twos Marketing Officer…
Celebrating the achievements of this year’s Credit Union Futures students at a first ever online graduation event for the Association of British Credit Unions. Congratulations went last night (11th March) to Blues and Twos Marketing Officer, Jonathan Boult, who with Emily from Advance Credit Union, won best final presentation. Vicky Harrison, Blues and Twos Chief […]
Consolidate your high-interest cards / loans into one single Blues and Twos loan with affordable monthly repayments. A Blues and Twos Consolidate and Save loan will put all your credit in one place and we encourage you to save each month. Applying for a loan with Blues and Twos could mean that you are paying […]
Welcoming members to our first ever online AGM, Michael Beeston, Chair of Blues and Twos addressed the membership and spoke of the very different year including the positive technological drive to further improve services to members during the current pandemic and thanks to the organisations who partner with us encouraging their employees to save via […]
Blues & Twos recently received paperwork from an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) company. Our member owed a maximum of £5,900 across three creditors (3 loans/credit cards). The IVA company wanted to charge our member £3,750 in fees (63.5% of the members total debt) and this was just to set up the arrangement. This fee, added […]
Blues and Twos have had their 5* Fairbanking award renewed for the third year in a row! The Fairbanking Mark was awarded by the Fairbanking Foundation following a rigorous assessment which includes independent research involving borrowing members of the credit union. To receive the Fairbanking Mark, this research had to confirm that members have changed […]
A big congratulations to Monika Byrne, a Teaching Assistant at a school and is this quarters loan survey winner! Monika completed one of our loan surveys and was entered into our quarterly draw for £25 credit into their account. “I have always found my experience with customer service to be fantastic. Every member of staff […]
NIVO is encrypted and secure. Chat with us online Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm. Here to answer your saving and borrowing questions. Helping you provide any documents and information we may need for your applications and transactions secure and fast.
Backup Buddy is the mental health app for UK Police and Police staff, if you need any support or advise please get in touch with them by clicking here. The App covers a range of problems faced by officers and staff in the Police Service, such as anxiety, anger, depression, stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, […]
We are proud to be mentioned in the Lancashire County Councils guidance on where to find help if you are worried about your finances: Worried about money? If you or a member of your family are worried about reduced income as a result of the Corona virus this information will be useful to you. 1. […]
Glad you have your Blues and Twos emergency fund to fall back on?
We are all in this together… Many of us have never experienced such times as these and we hope never to have to experience them again. We hope members are managing to stay safe. This includes looking after your physical and mental health. Your well-being can be affected in different ways. Financial worries are just […]
The current global Coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19, along with the suspension of flights to affected countries are already featuring as ruses being used by criminals to convince people to hand over information. Criminals use many tactics to try and defraud people and convince them to hand over sensitive personal or financial information. The mode of attack […]
These are difficult times for all organisations and in light of the government advice over the weekend around tackling the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and possible further restrictions to come we have been considering how we can maintain all members services and keep our staff team safe. We have already instigated our Business Continuity […]
It remains business as usual for the team at Blues and Twos, however as Corona virus spreads, we would like to update you on what we are doing to minimise any potential disruption and continue to provide you with the service you expect from us. We already have a business continuity plan in place for […]
10 Reasons a Credit Union Loan is Better than a PCP Agreement
Personal Contract Plans, or PCPs, have recently become a popular way to finance a new car. Many dealerships can offer you a very attractive-sounding deal on the spot – affordable deposit, low monthly payments, and trade in the new car after 2-3 years… what could possibly go wrong. Victoria Harrison, Blues and Twos Chief Executive […]
“For some people it just means a little more effort. Some believe they are, some believe they can never be – Controlling your finances isn’t easy but once you start you will be more positive” says Victoria Harrison, CEO, Blues and Twos Credit Union . Saving a little each month on payday, being confident towards […]
V Harrison, CEO, Blues and Twos Credit Union It is a while since I ‘blogged’ so please bear with me on this…. The Government remain keen to expand the provision of financial services and consider credit unions to be relatively new at achieving recognition for safe savings, and community engagement. We know credit unions […]
No matter how small, or large your goals are Blues and Twos are here to help. It is important to plan for your financial future. Here are some examples of financial goals that you can consider setting for yourself: Pay off Credit card debt – We offer debt consolidation loans to members who are looking […]
Wow what a year. Targets exceeded in lending and new member recruitment. In its second year, the Blues and Twos Speediloan met targets to offer lower lending at affordable rates with same day funds. Awarded the 5* Mark by the Fairbanking Foundation this product offers members flexibility, early repayment without penalty, and a loan up […]
Log in to Astute – https://lancashire.astute-elearning.com/Content/LXP/LXPLogin.aspx Astute is the LCC corporate elearning system and includes corporate elearning such as induction and health and safety. Please register for Astute using a unique work email address where possible.
Talk Money week kicked off Monday 18th November and is running all week, and aims to get the UK talking about financial wellbeing. Blues and Twos are getting involved in the drive to promote and improve financial wellbeing. We have created a small list to help you with your finances, and money lessons that we […]
Passing of Blues and Twos former Supervisory Committee Chair
It is with great sadness we inform you on the passing of John (Jack) Ward on Thursday October 24th, aged 81 years. Jack joined Preston Borough Police in 1963 and worked his way up to Head of Scenes of Crime and Federation Chair before retiring in the mid-1990’s as a Detective Inspector. Jack volunteered his […]
Over the past couple weeks we have received feedback from our loan process. Some members were finding it confusing to sign their agreement electronically, therefore we have reviewed our system and made a couple tweaks to make it easier for the members. We’ve put all the loan information required into one, easy to read, email. […]
This September take time to talk, think and change… RELAX and let Blues and Twos help you with regular saving and ethical borrowing. Enjoy the range of benefits when you join today, like: Instant access to your savings FREE life cover on your savings (T&Cs apply) Flexible/Affordable low cost loans £10 when you recommend your […]
Congratulations to our member Mr Buckley on winning our Feedback Prize Draw. The Feedback given was: – Was the online loan application easy to understand: Yes Was the online loan calculator easy to use: Yes Was the information we provided on receipt of your application useful and informative: Yes Comments: I don’t think you could […]
Our lending team are working hard to approve members holiday loans as quickly as possible, funds are paid directly into your bank account THE SAME DAY. No Administrative fees, no Penalty for repaying early click here to calculate your repayments now.
The Fairbanking Mark was awarded by the Fairbanking Foundation following a rigorous assessment which includes independent research involving borrowing members of the credit union. To receive the Fairbanking Mark, this research had to confirm that members have changed their financial behaviour for the better by having the product. Following the 5 stars Award, on behalf […]