For the second successive year, credit unions have scooped top spot in the CXi Customer Experience Survey 2016, a study which measures the level of service which organisations across the country give to their customers. Scoring very highly on empathy, personalisation and integrity, credit unions led the way, followed by Lush Handmade Cosmetics in 2nd position and An Post in 3rd place.

The 2016 CXi survey was conducted in June 2016 by Amárach Research. A representative cross section of Irish consumers were asked to select from 170 brands across ten sectors. Over 42,000 customer experiences were evaluated as part of the study. The report aims to raise the game of customer experience management in Ireland, to establish a league table by which companies can benchmark their progress in this area and to measure how customer experience in Ireland compares internationally.

Credit unions are deeply embedded in the communities which they serve. While other financial institutions are closing branches and directing their customers, in many instances, to use automated services, credit unions continue to excel in personalisation. This means that they work hard to understand their members and take time to recognise their individual needs and circumstances.