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Affinity for Business supports Prostate Cancer UK

Affinity for Business donates £250 to a chosen charity every month, where members of our team will suggest charities they feel passionate about. Individually, we’ll then vote for the charity of our choice anonymously and £250 is donated to the cause with...

Getting to know The Mixed Group

In December (2018), Affinity for Business donated to three different charities, including the Zion Food Bank, The Mixed Group and Crisis – all of which are charities that are close to our hearts. Affinity for Business has donated £250 directly to The Mixed Group which...

It’s getting icy out there, be winter ready with our top tips

If you thought the commute into work wasn’t cold enough, The Met Office has issued yellow warnings of ice across many parts of the UK. Meaning we’re not the only ones that need wrapping up – our business’s pipes do too! In March 2018, we experienced the...

Ending the year on a win (or two!) at the UK Business Awards 2018

What a brilliant year we’ve had, and to top it all off, last week we celebrated not one… but two remarkable wins at the UK Business Awards!We were crowned the winner in the Best Place to Work category, and our Managing Director, Helen Gillett, was awarded...

Affinity for Business supports Crisis this Christmas

This Christmas, Affinity for Business will be donating to three different charities throughout December, The Zion Food Bank, The Mixed Group and Crisis – all of which are charities that are close to our hearts.One of the charities we have been working...

Affinity for Business Takes on EMEX 2018!

(Our day two EMEX team from left to right: Howard, Ollie, Jenny, Keely, Michael and Iliana) On Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd November, Affinity for Business exhibited at The Energy Management Exhibition (EMEX) at the ExCel in London for the...

5 Scary Facts About Plastic Pollution this Halloween!

Buying disposable plastics such as water bottles may seem convenient, but it’s very easy to lose track of how much plastic we’re using and not recycling. From bottles to one-use bags and large corporations producing and selling endless amounts of...

How to prevent blocked drains and pipes this Autumn

While we’ve been experiencing darker commutes, drizzly lunchbreaks and leaves travelling in the wind, it’s safe to say that Autumn is in full swing. It’s very important for businesses to look after their outdoor pipes during Autumn because they can build...

Meet the dogs of AfB

Did you know that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health issue this year?! Which is why this year, Affinity for Business have been busy implementing mental health initiatives to improve the quality of our mental health and wellbeing in the AfB...

World Rivers Day: 5 Fun Facts about Britain’s Rivers

The annual World Rivers Day falls on the last Sunday of every September, it’s a great way to highlight the values of our rivers and create awareness of the threats that they face. Britain’s rivers have been integral in the growth of our towns and cities,...

4 Ways to Prepare Your Pipes for Winter Months

This year we’ve seen dramatic temperature changes in the UK. From experiencing the freezing snow with Beast from The East, right through to summer’s scorching heatwave featuring one of the hottest days of the year being named Friday Furnace. Autumn is fast...

Getting to Know A Smile For A Child

Every month Affinity for Business donates £250 to a chosen charity of the month. Each month team members will suggest charities they feel passionate about. These charities will then be put into an anonymous poll where the AfB team can vote for a charity to...

Why is your water supply a business risk?

Water is essential to the daily operations of most businesses. From running a hectic restaurant kitchen hygienically, the pool of a spa hotel, to simply making use of the office loo. The high demand on your water supply can leave you feeling flooded (quite...

How to become a sustainable airport during peak-season

Summer is in full swing which means it’s the peak season for family holidays, sunny business trips and getting a break from the daily 9-5 grind. However, for the airports servicing these holiday makers, we understand that it can be quite the challenge to...

Getting to Know Herts Young Homeless

In our monthly employee lottery, a member of the Affinity for Business (AfB) team is picked at random to win £250. It’s a great way for us to reward our team for their hard work and also contribute to charities, as we match the £250 prize money and donate...

3 Ways to Make Your Urinals More Water Efficient

Every business has different water needs from a one man home-based businesses to large manufacturing plants, but according to Water Wise, companies could cut their water use by almost 30%. One of the ways your business can become more water efficient is to...

5 Sustainable Tasks for the Summer Holiday

The school holidays are upon us and although children all over the UK might be extremely happy, there’s a lot of pressure on their guardians to entertain them for an entire six weeks, especially if they also need to work full time. If that’s not hard...

5 Sustainable tips for cooling off in the heat

The past two months have been full of sunshine and blazing hot heat, with the majority of the UK sweating in 30-degree temperatures. But with no end in sight, some of the previous joy has turned to misery, as we overheat on our daily commutes and burn...

The Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting might sound sophisticated but all it really means is collecting rainwater for further use. In other words, it’s the recycling of rainwater. Did you know, that installing a rainwater harvesting system can save up to 50% of your water...

Top 3 tricks to avoid using plastic water bottles

Did you know that one million plastic bottles are bought every minute around the world? Crazy, right?! What’s even more shocking is that this figure is expected to grow a whopping 20% by 2020. As the weather turns warmer, we are encouraged to take cold...

How can I give my feedback?

Reviews - We’ve all read or written reviews to help us make decisions, whether that’s products reviews telling us which moisturiser really will help with wrinkles, through to hotels and service reviews to check we book the right place for our needs. There...

Signing up to ‘My Account’ and Managing Your Bills Online

We’ve recently made updates to our My Account portal so both customers with multiple locations can now manage all of their accounts in one place. We, therefore, thought it was only right to take you on a tour and show you how easy it is to use! Here are...

What’s In Your Water?

We use water all the time and for many it is something we are lucky enough to take for granted. We may question the water quality when we go abroad and shy away from drinking it direct from the taps, but we often don’t think twice about the state of the...

World Tuna Day- Committing to Sustainable Tuna Consumption

The largest tuna fish ever recorded (according to National Geographic), is an Atlantic Bluefin caught in Nova Scotia. It weighed a whopping 1,496 pounds- that’s the equivalent of approximately 4,524 cans of tuna! The high demand for tuna, unfortunately,...

UK Coffee Week- Being a Sustainable Coffee Drinker

We know that some days even our coffee needs a coffee to get through the day. On days like this, we are known to drink copious amounts of this liquid gold to perk us up and get us through, so in light of UK Coffee Week, we’re encouraging avid coffee...

Meet Our Team- Part Two!

Adam, Account Manager  I specialise in mid to large schools and higher usage key accounts in other areas. My customers can come to me for absolutely anything related to their account, whether that is queries, bill validation, additional...

The Secrets of the Sewerage System

It’s easy to forget about the water you use once it’s gone down the drain, especially when you’re busy managing a business and have other priorities to think about. But what happens after we’ve flushed the loo or drained the sink can have an impact on your...

Water Saving Week– Saving Water in the Workplace

Happy Water Saving Week! Here at Affinity for Business, we are constantly striving to practice what we preach when it comes to water saving and sustainability, and in light of this week being Water Saving Week, we wanted to share some of the best practice ...

Customer Contact Week

It’s been an exciting week for AfB, as we have been busy supporting our Managing Director, Helen Gillett during Customer Contact Week Europe (CCW Europe) in Glasgow. CCW Europe is a peer-led customer contact centre event packed with invaluable best practices, cutting...

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, commemorating the movement for women’s rights across the world. We wanted to dedicate a blog to some of the empowering women that are having an impact in water awareness. So here are just a few of the amazing women who...

Meet our Team!

At Affinity for Business we are all about people. Our customers are our number one priority and we want to make sure that they are happy… and it’s our wonderful employees that work day in, day out, to make sure that’s a reality. It’s these lovely people...

The importance of Mental Health and Wellbeing at AfB

Mental health is a huge topic and one that has become more prominent within the media and public awareness within recent years. Yet talking about mental health is still easier said than done. Yes, huge strides are being made in breaking the stigmas around...

Welwyn Garden City

Ebenezer’s visions for a ‘Group of Slumless, Smokeless Cities. You can read more about Ebenezer Howard's Garden City idea here.  Settling into our office in Welwyn Garden City has been an exciting time (you can read all about our big transition in this...

We’ve Moved!

This week is certainly an exciting one here at Affinity for Business. We’ve moved! Our amazing team is expanding and we needed a bigger space to operate in. It’s an exciting time, but also a huge operation to pull off and the process didn’t come without...

Tackling Water Usage In Your Industry

Reducing your water consumption is no mean feat - especially in industries where water is central to the business. However if every business, big and small, could make small adjustments to their water usage or general wastage, it can have a huge impact in...

Make Your New Year’s Resolutions More Sustainable

It’s the middle of January and for those who have commited to New Year’s resolutions (be it taking on Dry January or even Veganuary) the half-way mark has surpassed! However, for many, the next few weeks are the real challenge, as the discipline to stick...

Battling Blue Monday with Sustainable Resolutions

As if Monday’s aren’t hard enough, today is officially Blue Monday, which is apparently the most depressing day of the year! Many factors contribute to this - from the cold and wet January weather, the debt level post Christmas, the inevitable post...

Keeping Dry January Dry and Your Hydration Levels High!

It’s that grim time of the year again. Christmas is well and truly over and those January blues are upon us. People are immersed in attempts to maintain their New Year resolutions, be it to get fit or stick to an alcohol free, ‘Dry January’ - a common...

12 Days of Affinity for Business (at Christmas)

Christmas is upon us at last! Schools and businesses are closing and people are gearing up for the Christmas break. In celebration of the season, two members of the correspondence team (Kayleigh, centre and Rebecca, right) have created (adapted) a short...

Don’t let the big freeze freeze your business

Christmas may be over but the cold weather is only just beginning. January, February and March have become increasingly colder over the past few years and 2018 is set to be no different. In 2016, cold temperatures led to a rise in claims for flooded...

Pipe down! – Know your pipe responsibilities

Leaking pipes are no fun but finding out that the damage lies on your turf, and is therefore your responsibility can be a huge shock. It’s useful to understand the ins and outs of the pipe system so if you encounter a leak (touch wood you don’t), you...

Affinity for Business takes on EMEX

(Meet the team, from left to right: Ollie, Rachael, Kirsty, Jess, Carolyn, Keith, Helen, Chris, Keely and Katie) On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, Affinity for Business attended EMEX, The Energy Management Exhibition at Excel, London. It was a great...

Behold the fatberg, the disgusting drainage disaster!

Roast dinners might be delicious but no one jumps up from the table to do the dishes! Shifting those meat fats (yes you’ve been there) can take a lot of effort and pouring the deposits into the sink feels like the easiest solution at the time. These actions seem small...

National Customer Service Week 2017

We bang on about it a bit, but seriously, having happy customers makes us happy - and we are a happy, enthusiastic, bubbly lot here at Affinity for Business and we hope that reflects on the way that our customers feel treated… it has been a bit of a journey, and a...

When we say we’re always here to help – we mean it!

It’s been a great week, with the lull of the summer holidays already fast disappearing in the rear-view mirror, and the view through the front window looking enticing! We’ve launched ourselves into the daunting but exciting world of Trustpilot, with great results so...

Isn’t water worth more than just a race to the bottom?

With the latest switching figures since April being made public recently – 36,000 (1.4% of the potential market) - there is much talk about how switching in the new market is off to a slow start and that savings are minimal. OfWat call for tariffs to be made clearer...

The definitive open water market guide

Scotland made its mark in 2008 by becoming the first country in the world to adopt a deregulated water market; since the adoption, businesses have benefited from improvements in water delivery, customer services and efficiencies. Such benefits can be seen across all...

Helen Gillett talks all things water retail!

Helen Gillett, Affinity for Businesses’ Managing Director, recently met with Utility Week for an interview where she discussed all things water retail! Enthusiastic curiosity led Helen to join the water sector from telecommunications and the time she has invested in...

Jolly Hockey Sticks!

When we got the opportunity to support the Men’s England Hockey Team at the Hockey World League Semi Final 15 – 25 June 2017, hosted locally at the Lee Valley Tennis and Hockey Centre - we jumped at the chance. It was a wonderful tournament with lots of twists and...

Should you stay or should you play?

The opening of the water market is just days away, meaning businesses just like yours will have the chance to choose who supplies their clean and waste water. If you’re a little unsure about what switching entails or are just interested in finding why it might be a...

Be a water hero…

Hello! At Affinity for Business we have business customers of all shapes and sizes. From sole traders to huge multinational corporations, we treat every customer exactly how we would like to be treated ourselves. Our focus is to save you money and we can do this more...

New Year, Fresh Choices

Hi, my name’s Helen and I run Affinity for Business. I wanted to let you know a bit about our company, the upcoming regulatory changes that have brought us into existence and why we think we are a pretty good bunch of people to do business with in 2017. First and...

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