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Partnership unveiled to fuel Devon's rural communities

Homeowners and tenants across Devon can save money each and every time they fill-up their oil tanks thanks to the improved fuel syndicate that is being launched by Devon Communities Together in partnership with AF Affinity Limited. 

The scheme allows members of Devon Oil Collective, the oil buying group of Devon Communities Together, to order their heating oil through the county-wide syndicate, with savings achieved per litre through the bulk-buying of oil.

The Devon Oil Collective is now being serviced by AF Affinity who currently support similar syndicates across eight other counties in England in conjunction with local rural community councils including Oxford, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Buckinghamshire, Durham, 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 negotiate the best price for heating oil. Our expert buyers continually track the market to ensure customers get the best price available at the time of order,” said Mr Clabburn.

The Devon Oil Collective 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.

Greg Davies, Operations Director, Devon Communities Together, said: “Devon Communities Together started the Devon Oil Collective in 2012 (when we were better known as the Community Council of Devon). As a local charity with a rural focus our interest was in trying to reduce the pressure of high fuel prices across Devon. Since 2012 we have helped over 500 householders and community groups save money on their oil bills.”                                                                                                         

“As well as delivering significant savings for our members, we also feel that the collective purchasing power of the Devon Oil Collective, has helped drive down the price of heating oil generally.”

“Devon Communities Together is now working in partnership with AF Affinity and we are confident that together we can offer an even better service and hopefully the opportunity to benefit from collective purchasing on other goods and services,” said Mr Davies.

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