Chorley’s only credit union has opened for business in a prominent town centre spot.

Chorley Council has supported the established Unify Credit Union to open the shop in town to offer people, who are struggling to make ends meet, an alternative to turning to loan sharks and payday loan companies.

The Market Street shop was opened by council leader Coun Alistair Bradley who said it would give people an alternative way of saving and borrowing money.

Angela Fishwick, from Unify Credit Union which provides the service in Chorley, said: “We are delighted the shop in Chorley town centre is now open.

“I’d like to thank Chorley Council for making it happen and I’d like to invite people to call in and have a chat to see how we can help, whether it’s support with managing their finances or if they have money that they want to save.”

Coun Bradley, said: “I would urge people to call in and see what’s on offer here at the credit union.

“It is a real alternative to a bank and it’s better because it is owned by its members so it’s they who reap the rewards.

“People work hard here in Chorley and they need somewhere safe to save their money, but the times when they do need loans they need to know they aren’t being ripped off and will not end up deeper in debt.” Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle also attended the opening.