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WRCC Launches New Community Oil Syndicate

Warwickshire Rural Community Council is delighted to announce the launch of a new venture that will be good for individuals, rural communities and the environment.

The Warwickshire Community Oil Syndicate will use the model of a local buying syndicate for domestic heating oil but will roll it out across the whole county. Warwickshire RCC believes there will be great strength in harnessing the purchasing power of the many rural communities who are without mains gas so that together oil-buyers will be able to make significant savings.

Community organisations and businesses will also be able to join the oil syndicate and benefit from cheaper oil.  The oil syndicate brings together orders from across the county which is then added to other counties who operate similar buying groups to get the very best price, with an average saving per order of more than £50.

 

Warwickshire RCC is keen to emphasise the environmental benefits too. Delivery tankers guzzle a lot of fuel and the more deliveries they can make in one place the less fuel they use, and the fewer tankers there are on Warwickshire’s small country roads the better.

As a charity that is rooted in local community action, Warwickshire RCC wants the new venture to reflect this philosophy. Chief Executive, Kim Slater, says “The key to making this work will be having local people who will collate the local oil orders once a month and pass the information to us; and who will then let the local members know the cost per litre and the delivery date. That’s pretty much it. For undertaking this voluntary role they will get free membership of the oil syndicate – an annual saving of £20. Members of the Warwickshire Community Oil Syndicate will be able to order as many times as they like during the year and the price will be negotiated centrally.”

 

If you think this could be of interest to you or your community get in touch with Warwickshire RCC on 01789 472611 or email oil@wrccrural.org.uk.


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