Partnership unveiled to fuel Staffordshire’s rural communities


Homeowners and tenants across Staffordshire can save money each and every time they fill-up their oil tanks thanks to the improved fuel syndicate launched by The Community Council of Staffordshire, in partnership with AF Affinity Limited.

The scheme allows members of the Community Bulk Oil Buying Scheme, the oil buying group of The Community Council for Staffordshire, to order their heating oil through the county-wide syndicate, with savings achieved per litre through the bulk-buying of oil.

The Community Bulk Oil Buying Scheme is now being serviced by AF Affinity who currently support similar syndicates across ten other counties in England in conjunction with local rural community councils including Oxford, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Buckinghamshire, Durham, Devon, Somerset and Northumberland.

Louis Clabburn, General Manager, AF Affinity Limited, said:

“Fuel syndicates allow homeowners to make significant savings on their heating oil as we are able to bulk buy oil at better prices.”

“Affinity’s buying power allows us to provide tremendous value for our fuel syndicates. Our expert buyers continually track the market to ensure customers get the best price available at the time of order,” said Mr Clabburn.

The Community Bulk Oil Buying Scheme is easy for members to use with one point of contact for ordering their fuel and now a simplified and consistent payment method through Affinity. Orders are collated by Affinity and processed with the most suitable suppliers according to price and geographic location.

Once the bulk order has been placed, the open and transparent process ensures the price per litre is shared with members, who are also informed of the latest syndicate delivery date.


Cathy Russell, Oil Scheme Co-ordinator, said:

“We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Affinity.  Since, the Community Council launched its Community Oil Buying Scheme in October 2012, our members have consistently enjoyed significant savings on the cost of their heating oil and will continue to do so under the new arrangements with Affinity.

Members will also have the added benefit of being able, should they wish, to spread the cost of their heating oil over the year through a prepayment plan. We can now also offer our members access to savings on a wide range of other products, such as bottled gas, mobile phones, computers, electrical items and insurance through Affinity.  Anyone wishing to join the scheme should contact me on 01785 242525 Ext 202 or by email:”