About Us

Who is the First Rate Credit Union?

Formed in 1982, the First Rate Credit Union Ltd is owned and run for current and retired employees of BAE Systems plc. The First Rate Credit Union is recognised by BAE Systems.  First Rate Credit Union is a member of the Association of British Credit Unions Ltd, (ABCUL). We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Their website is www.fca.org.uk. 

What is a Credit Union?

A credit union is a Not for Profit financial co-operative institution, that is owned and controlled by its members. Members of a credit union save in a common fund. Only people who come within the common bond of a credit union can join it and make use of its services. A credit union is directed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

How does a Credit Union work?

Regular savings form a common pool of money, which in turn provides the following benefits:

  • Competitive interest rate loans, which vary according to the amount borrowed.
  • Simple and flexible savings facilities.
  • Annual dividends on savings if we make a surplus.


Who Runs First Rate Credit Union?

YOU DO as a member. At the Annual General Meeting you elect the following committees:

  • The Board of Directors
  • Internal Audit

The Board of Directors decides the overall policy and strategic direction. The Supervisory Committee acts as Trustees to oversee the accounts and the governance of First Rate Credit Union on behalf of the membership. All members of these committees are members of the First Rate Credit Union.

If you are a BAE systems UK employee you can become a member and start saving directly from you payroll by applying here



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