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International recognition for Islington Council and London Capital Credit Union

Islington Council and London Capital Credit Union recognised

Islington Council’s work in support of its local credit union is to gain international recognition as it hosts a group of senior managers from Singapore this week.

Richard Watts from Islington Borough CouncilThe group from the Singapore National Co-operative Federation will be greeted by the Leader of Islington Council, Councillor Richard Watts, at Islington Town Hall, before visiting the offices of the credit union in Archway.

The delegation will meet with representatives from Islington Council and London Capital Credit Union at the Town Hall and will hear how the council has supported London Capital Credit Union to become the success it now is and how this benefits residents across the borough.

The group will then visit the credit union to speak directly with members and staff about the credit union’s mission and the way it encourages saving and responsible lending to residents in Islington and beyond.

Cllr Watts said: “These are difficult times for hard pressed families in Islington and beyond, as many people deal with the rising cost of living.

“Multiple loans from payday lenders are a pathway to deeper poverty, and the council has taken action to support residents to avoid getting into problem debt.

“Part of this work has been to support London Capital Credit Union, as an accessible and affordable way for people to deal with their finances.

“I am very pleased to be supporting this organisation and the excellent work it does in Islington, and I look forward to meeting our colleagues from Singapore.”

Islington Council supports The London Capital Credit Union Ltd with a one-off grant of £250,000 and annual revenue support funding of £25,000.

Martin Groombridge, Chief Executive of London Capital Credit Union, said: “Credit unions are an ethical alternative to banks and other high street lenders and their way of working is designed to benefit all members.

“We are always pleased to be able to share our knowledge with others around the world and we look forward to meeting the delegation from Singapore and welcoming them to London, and to Islington in particular.”

Credit unions in Britain have been growing consistently over the past few years as they become better known and they now have almost 1.3 million members across the country.

Added Martin Groombridge: “Over the last ten years, London Capital Credit Union has seen a huge 1,400% increase in members’ savings from £436,000 to over £6 million. And as a co-operative, we are proud that London Capital Credit Union is owned and controlled by its members – not outside shareholders.”

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Surge in facial skin treatments for men in Bolton

Laserase Bolton logoA record number of men in Bolton are choosing to get non-surgical facial treatments according to Laserase Bolton and men now make up 16% of customers having these treatments.

Laserase Bolton on the Royal Bolton Hospital site reports that there has been a surge in men getting treatments such as muscle relaxing injections and dermal fillers, which have risen from 6% to 16% of treatments carried out – an increase of 10% in 12 months.

Celebrities such as Peter Andre, Rylan Clark and Simon Cowell are all reported to have had a bit of Botox now and then, to keep them young looking, and more and more men are following in their footsteps.

And it’s not just Botox. New research reported in The Harley Street Journal shows that a quarter of men are now having dermal fillers.

The survey results showed that 18% of the UK population would consider using dermal fillers for a number of reasons such as to stay youthful, remain competitive at work and to complement weight loss.

Until now, 90 per cent of all aesthetic procedures have been carried out on women; however, the research found that UK men are bucking the trend with 1 in 4 of male survey respondents having dermal fillers.

“We’ve seen a big increase in interest from men for facial skin treatments over the last year,” explains Clinic Manager Julie Kershaw. “It seems to be part of a growing trend, led by celebrities, for men to do more to keep their skin wrinkle free and young looking, which in turn helps to boost confidence in social and business situations.”

Statistics indicate that nearly a third of UK adults have received an aesthetic treatment for a change in job or career, underlining that youthfulness still equates to success in the workplace for many people.

To find out more about the range of skin care treatments available and to book a free no-obligation consultation contact Laserase Bolton on 01204 570900 or email: