2018 Filene & Biden Celebratory Awards Dinner - Manchester, November 17

On Saturday 17th November, taking place in Manchester for the first time, the eighth Credit Union “Oscars” Awards Dinner was held in the splendid Halle Suite of the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, on the site of the historic Free Trade Hall.   Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester provided a statement that was read to guests by Jeff Seneviratne, Vice Chair of “Credit Unions for Greater Manchester” also known as "PoundSound" (a consortium of eight credit unions serving Manchester and its surrounding areas).

"I’m sorry I can’t make it this evening, not least because I am a huge supporter of the credit union way of doing business. Credit unions transform people’s lives because they help them manage their finances in a way that means they don’t have to resort to loansharks and payday lenders. I’m proud to say that Greater Manchester Combined Authority will be working with the Consortium of Credit Unions and other partners across Greater Manchester over the coming months.

I welcome their co-operative way of working and would like to congratulate the Greater Manchester Consortium on both co-hosting this Awards dinner and being nominated for such a prestigious award." Andy Burnham

Credit Unions for Greater Manchester” won the Award “Pursuing International Co-Operative Alliance Principle 6 - Co-Operation Amongst Co-Operatives” in recognition of the way the eight credit unions in the area had come together to better serve their communities and bring the unique credit union difference to everyone within the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.  This Award category had been sponsored and suggested by CUSO-UK, the UK's credit union support organisation.

A video message from Mark Worthington, Director of the Australian Mutuals Foundation welcomed the guests and later the ICULD&E Foundation’s Patron, Lord Maurice Glasman, addressed the audience, sharing his views on the importance of the credit union movement to this generation. As part of his address, Foundation Trustee Barry Epstein thanked the companies who donated towards the success of the evening by sponsoring various Award categories, e.g. Caroma Systems Ltd, concluded the evening by thanking everyone for supporting the credit union movement, declaring “we are proud and humble to be part of it – go out and let the world know what we have to offer!”

This page "Filene & Biden Celebratory Awards & Dinner" has more about the Dinner and the inspirational successes of the individuals and credit unions who took part in the Awards programme.

The celebratory Award Dinners are held .....

  1. To raise much needed funds from their proceeds to provide course bursaries to assist credit union activists to develop their own knowledge and experience by attending Credit Union Development Educator courses around the world - to date 22 bursaries have been awarded to recipients known as "Pell Scholars" from ten different countries and five continents, i.e. Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, USA and Europe (England & Wales)
     
  2. To celebrate the successful participants in the Filene and Biden Awards programme by showcasing and applauding their efforts and achievements and to create an opportunity for the Winners, Runners Up and Highly Commended to generate publicity in their own communities as well as in the wider media.
     
  3. To give sponsors, donors and other supporters of the credit union movement an opportunity to meet and network.
     
  4. Since 2011, ​​the following distinguished Guests of Honour from public life have presented the Awards and made the keynote addresses:-
  • 2017 - Marlene Shiels, O.B.E, FCIBS (Hon), I-CUDE, Chief Executive, Capital Credit Union, Founder of the Credit Union Development Education programme in the UK and since 2013, Advisor to HRH, the Duchess of Cornwall on matters relating to credit unions and financial inclusion.
  • 2016 - Lord Maurice Glasman of Stoke Newington and of Stamford Hill in the Borough of Hackney, Director of the Common Good Foundation, its goal being to reconcile estranged interests and develop the leadership and assets of the less well off. For filmed Highlights and interviews with Lord Maurice, the Dinner sponsors, Award Judges and guests, click here
  • 2015 - Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, Jamaican High Commissioner in London and Ambassador at large to the Republics of Ireland, Finland and Cyprus and the Kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden.  The Ambassador's keynote speech can be seen here 
  • 2014 - Bobby Cummines, OBE, Hon.M.Univ. FRSA – Chief Executive of MIDAS (a social enterprise, providing development and employment opportunities to the former offender community) 2
  • 2013 - Dame Pauline Green, President of International Co-operative Alliance
  • 2012 - Baron Anthony Clarke of Hampstead
  • 2011 - Lord Michael Howard of Lympne, PC, QC

View Full List of Award Winners 2011-2017