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Business with vision for manufacturing in England

Quantock Clothing, a Warwickshire-based business setup in 2014, is seeking to reinvigorate the smart casual menswear market with its vision of sourcing entirely from English manufacturers and promoting the ‘Made in England’ brand.

Grev Lushington - Quantock Clothing

Grev Lushington founder of Quantock Clothing

Speaking as Quantock Clothing launches additional lines to its range, founder Grev Lushington from Rugby, said: “At Quantock Clothing we manufacture all of our products in England and are committed to developing high quality, stylish and desirable ranges that are also accessibly priced. Made in England does not have to mean unaffordable”.

According to Grev, people have a growing desire to understand more about the provenance of their clothing; who makes it, how it is made and under what conditions. “When you look at this, it makes total sense to push a ‘Made in England’ agenda – we do things well in this country and we value our people”, he says.

Add to this an understanding of what is involved in bringing clothing from far afield regions such as the Far East to retail stores in the Western World, and you start to consider the sustainability of the practice currently adopted by many brands. The scale of operations, distances involved and sheer complexity of logistics before anything is even sold, is not always appreciated.

Adds Grev: “We work with high quality manufacturers throughout England and have greatly appreciated their support and dedication to help us bring our vision to life. In addition, we have a strong commitment to provide exemplary levels of service to our customers and believe the future promises to be very exciting, indeed.”

Currently, the Quantock Clothing range includes jeans, button down shirts, knitwear, polo shirts, belts and cufflinks all designed and made in England.

www.quantockclothing.com

Radio Taxis Credit Union to merge with London Capital

Members of Radio Taxis (London) Credit Union have unanimously voted to merge their credit union with London Capital Credit Union.

London Capital Credit Union logoThe merger will see the formation of an enlarged organisation with some 11, 000 members and £7m of assets.

Speaking about the decision Gordon Brown of Radio Taxis Credit Union said: “There is a greater need than ever for a more ethical source of financial services. People are still paying too much for borrowing and being discouraged from saving. This merger will make a larger and stronger Credit Union that will better serve many more thousands of people in years to come.”

Martin Groombridge, Chief Executive at London Capital Credit Union welcomed the vote. “We are very pleased to be welcoming the members of Radio Taxis Credit Union to London Capital and we are already looking forward to offering their members the full range of our products including our full online service.”

Radio Taxis Credit Union was set up to help London taxi drivers and their families get access to affordable credit and secure savings. Says Martin: “As a member-owned financial co-operative we offer all our members affordable credit and advice to help reduce debts and we welcome the opportunity to offer this to our new members.”

Martin added: “Credit unions across the UK are dedicated to serving the needs of their members and we are proud to be offering an alternative to the High Street banks and rip off rates charged by payday lenders and many other finance providers across London.”

Find out more at www.credit-union.coop.

Credit Union News published

The latest edition of Credit Union News, which we have been working on for our client ABCUL, has been published. This special edition celebrates the 50th Anniversary of credit unions in Britain.

Credit Union News - March 2014

Credit Union News – March 2014

The first two credit unions – Wimbledon Credit Union and Hornsey Co-operative Credit Union – both started in April 1964, and the magazine includes an interview with two of the founder members of Hornsey Co-operative Credit Union. There is a timeline showing how the credit union sector in Britain has developed over the last 50 years and an interview with credit union activist Martin Logan, who has played a key role in helping to record the history of credit unions in this country.

There is also a look ahead to the future, with a feature on some of the “new kids on the block”: Polish Credit Union UK, Churches Mutual Credit Union and Retail Credit Union are three new credit unions taking the sector forward.

The magazine goes out to ABCUL members and many others with an interest in the credit union sector and is published three times a year. A copy of the latest issue can be downloaded from our publications page.

Latest issue of Credit Union News

Credit Union News - December 2013

Credit Union News – December 2013

The latest issue of Credit Union News, which Ethos public relations has been working on for our client ABCUL, has now been published.

The magazine, which goes out to ABCUL members and many others with an interest in the sector, is published three times a year. In this issue, there is an interview with Sue Lewis, Chair of the Financial Services Consumer Panel, who explains what the panel does and her views on credit unions and the financial services market.

There is a look back at all the celebrations which took place on International Credit Union Day on 17 October, when over 40 bishops got involved with their local credit union. There is also a feature on the links between credit unions and trade unions and the important role that trade unions have played in helping to set up and run credit unions.

A copy of the latest issue can be downloaded from our publications page.

Latest issue of Credit Union News published

Image of the magazine - Credit Union News

We’re pleased that the latest issue of Credit Union News, which we have been working on for our client ABCUL, has now been published.

The magazine, which goes out to ABCUL members and many others with an interest in the sector, is published three times a year. In this issue, we look at the support for credit unions from the Archbishop of Canterbury, which hit the headlines in the summer, and we talk to Rev Dr Malcolm Brown, Director of Mission and Public Affairs for the Church of England, who is leading the church’s work on this.

We also look at the work credit unions are doing to develop links with local authorities and we talk to Simon Blissett, Programme Director for the £38 million Credit Union Expansion Project, about the opportunities and challenges for the sector to deliver this project.

A copy of the latest issue can be downloaded from our publications page.