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The energy market is the lowest its been in over 10 years

We’re trying to focus on some positivity during these tough trading conditions, and there is a blue flame of hope for those gas using businesses. The Coronavirus pandemic has already made a huge impact on the gas market, resulting in the lowest wholesale prices in over 10 years. Of course, this is providing the LNG supply stays high and the market remains free from any sharp spikes in demand. You can read more about how the Coronavirus is making an impact on the gas market here.

You read that right, the cost of gas is at the lowest its been for over 10 years! Renew your contract now and start saving. It doesn’t matter if your contract isn’t up for renewal yet, we can look at contracts up to 4 years in advance. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the extremely cheap prices. And as we’re currently in lockdown, you have more spare time now than ever before, use that time to look into your contract and get some good out of the Coronavirus. So when this is over and you can get back to normal, you can be assured that you will be saving money by renewing with us.

We’ve even made it super easy for you to find out how much you can save, all you have to do is use our comparison site, which you can access by clicking here.
We are here to help you in any possible way we can during these uncertain times. You can speak to a helpful and friendly member of our team for any help and advice.

   

Flame UKs highlights of 2019

It’s hard to believe that 2019 is almost over already! As we come up to the last few weeks of the year, we want to share with you some highlights of 2019 for Flame UK.

Meet our people

Flame UK has had a brilliant 2019; it’s been a year of growth both internally and externally. We had a lot of new starters to help manage the workload from our growing number of customers. To help you get to know us, we’ve all put together some fun individual blogs, check them out here.

We’d also like to mention that the image we have used at the top of this blog was actually hand-drawn by Henry, our Operations Officer. He really does have an amazing talent, so be sure to check out his blog!

Our fundraising activities

Dove Cottage – At the beginning of August, we got in touch with Dove Cottage Day Hospice who offer palliative daycare to people living with life-limiting illnesses. We got involved with their plastic bottle top campaign to help raise money for them, as well as taking part in the Santa Fun Run. Check out our blog to see how we did.

Wear It Pink – Here at Flame UK we like to do our bit in raising money for charity, so we decided to have a pink theme day to raise money for Breast Cancer Now on their Wear It Pink event.

Flame UKs 2020 chosen charity announced

Our chosen charity who we will be supporting throughout next year is Headway Nottingham, who is a local charity providing support, guidance and longer-term rehabilitation for people adapting to life after brain injury. Make sure you keep an eye on our social media and sign up to our mailing list to find out how we will be supporting Rhiana Lakin and the team at Headway Nottingham.

Our Team Building Exercises

We’re big fans of team building too, from meals out together to some friendly Go-Karting! We have had lots of fun outside of the work environment throughout 2019, and we already have our first team-building exercise planned for 2020. Make sure you’re following us on social media to see how we do.

How Flame UK has grown this year

SmartTrash – As you probably know by now we pride ourselves in delivering cutting edge solutions to energy and environmental challenges to each and every one of our clients, SmartTrash is an innovative solution that Flame UK have helped pioneer for the UK market. Tried and tested around the world now available here through Flame UK, reducing waste collections, saving money and cutting carbon SmartTrash is going to make a huge difference to UK businesses. We are currently looking for some test sites which will benefit from SmartTrash free of charge.

Pallet Collections – Recycling unwanted pallets has been one of our focuses over the past quarter, where we launched a localised pallet collection round. Centred in Nottingham our man and van have been collecting used and unwanted pallets, collecting and recycling pallets that others either can’t or won’t. Everything from small quantities, odd shapes and even damaged pallets we can collect without cost and put the pallets whole or in part back into the packaging chain in the most sustainable and environmentally efficient way possible.

On-Demand Waste Collections – As of November of 2019, we’re able to offer waste collections from as quick as 2 hours from call out. We can take the headache out of junk clearances. Providing the labour, recycling and disposal we literally take care of everything, all you need to do is call, and we take care of the rest, leaving your site clean and tidy and waste-free!

Finally, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone here at Flame UK!

 

 

Meet the team – Jamie-Leigh

Name: Jamie-Leigh James

Position: Marketing Assistant

Start Date: 1st July 2019

Why did you choose this background for your photo?

I really love music from rap to pop to heavy metal, there isn’t much I don’t like. The first concert I went to was Green Day when I was about 5 years old and a few months later I went to see Kylie Minogue. I have a very varied taste in music.

What do you enjoy the most about working at Flame UK? 

That I’m given the freedom to be creative and always feel like I can share my marketing ideas. I’m listened to and supported by everyone. The office has a second home vibe, not just a workplace.

What is one of the best things you have experienced in your life? 

I have to say when I was in Turkey, just one particular moment first springs to mind. We went with my grandparents who used to go every year for 2 weeks for around 10 years. Then they didn’t go for a few years until they went with us in 2018 and they were like celebrities. Restaurant and shop owners were shouting them and so happy to see them again. We went back this year and will be going next year too.

If you could invite 3 celebrities over for dinner (dead or alive) who would it be and why? 

Demi Lovato because she’s one of my idols and I think she’d be such a character.

Billie Joe Armstrong, the lead singer from Green Day, he was my first ever crush and I think he’s great and an honest person.

Kaley Cuoco who plays Penny from The Big Bang Theory. It’s my favourite TV show at the minute. I follow her on Instagram and she seems like great fun, plus she’s an animal lover.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

The earliest memory I have is wanting to be a fashion designer. I chose business studies and fashion & textiles for my GCSE’s because I wanted my own business. Then my first assignment was to make a skirt. I very quickly changed my mind after that.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

I would be a Koala because they get to sleep for 22 hours a day.

What is your favourite movie? 

My go-to movie is always Trainspotting, it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen it I’ll always happily sit and watch it.

What would you tell someone new starting at Flame UK? 

That they’re going to be looked after.

 

 

Meet the team – Lauren

Name: Lauren Nash

Position: Account Manager

Start Date: 1st October 2019

Why did you choose this background for your photo?

It was the first time I’d painted my daughters’ feet at 4 months old and because she means a lot to me, so does the picture.

What do you enjoy the most about working at Flame UK? 

 It feels like I’ve joined a second family and I’ve only been here 5 minutes, everyone is so welcoming and the environment is spot on.

 What is one of the best things you have experienced in your life? 

 Having my daughter 2 years ago, nothing can beat giving birth to a ‘mini me’, although she seems to have inherited my attitude…

 If you could invite 3 celebrities over for dinner (dead or alive) who would it be and why? 

 Patrick Swayze – because who doesn’t love him in ‘Dirty Dancing’

Whitney Houston – her voice is insane!

Mrs Hinch (the Instagram clean queen) – so she could clean my house and give me all her tips in person (yes, I know I’m sad!)

 What did you want to be when you were younger?

 I wanted to be a Nurse as that’s my Mums profession and I’ve always looked up to her, however, I soon realised it wasn’t for me when I fell into the energy industry by accident.

 If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

 I would probably be a cat, you get 9 lives, sleep and eat whenever you like, demand attention and swan in and out of the house like you own the place.

 What is your favourite movie? 

 I can never choose between Dirty Dancing and Goodfellas.

 What would you tell someone new starting at Flame UK? 

 You’ve made the right choice.

 

 

Meet the Team – Natalia

Name: Natalia Pegram

Position: Head of Finance

Start Date: December 2017

Why did you choose this background for your photo?

Its a photo I took in the Maldives – One of the most beautiful and peaceful places I’ve travelled to.

What do you enjoy the most about working at Flame UK?

I love implementing systems to improve efficiencies and there are plenty of opportunities to do this as the business grows.

What is one of the best things you have experienced in your life?

This is a really tricky one for me to answer as there have been many experiences I have been fortunate to enjoy. Living in sunny California for almost 7 years was pretty awesome!

If you could invite 3 celebrities over for dinner (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Gabriel Bonheaur “Coco” Chanel – She was an amazing successful woman and her legacy lives on. My downfall has to be Chanel Handbags and Jewellery!

Gordon Ramsey – I would need someone to cook for me, plus he’s smart and charismatic.

Blake Shelton – I love his music and he’s pretty tasty!

What did you want to be when you were younger?

Successful!

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

Right now I would choose to be a dog, but only if it was my dog “Bob”  He has such a chilled out life and goes everywhere with me.  He gets lots of treats and cuddles and is always happy.

What is your favourite movie?

Dirty Dancing!

What would you tell someone new starting at Flame UK?

Working at Flame is a great opportunity, not just a job.  Don’t be a passenger, you can make it happen.

 

 

Meet the team – Adil

Name: Adil Mahmood

Position: Energy Department Sales Manager

Start Date: 19th July 2018

Why did you choose this background for your photo?

I’m calm and collected, but if you get the wrong side of me I’ll bite like a snake – hence the rocks looking like a snake about to bite!!

What do you enjoy the most about working at Flame UK? 

The Directors’ trust me to do my job, no micro-management. The fully supportive team around me at Flame regardless of department – all with similar dreams/ambitions which is to ensure Flame absolutely smash it!

What is one of the best things you have experienced in your life? 

Going to Mecca and being at the centre of Islam.

If you could invite 3 celebrities over for dinner (dead or alive) who would it be and why? 

Cristiano Ronaldo – massive United fan and he’s the best footballer ever

Kevin Hart – so funny!

Dwayne Johnson – an absolute tank and has been in various industries, would be good to get a taste of his life story

What did you want to be when you were younger?

Aeronautical Engineer!

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

Monkey! Because my mum has always told me I’m a little Monkey!!

What is your favourite movie? 

Blue Streak – cracking film!

What would you tell someone new starting at Flame UK? 

Flame is going places – you’re at the right place. Work hard and be part of it.

 

 

Meet the Team – Mark

Name: Mark Lonergan

Position: Business Development Manager

Start Date: January 2019

Why did you choose this background for your photo?

I love open spaces, especially at night, when you can see the moon and stars really clearly.

What do you enjoy the most about working at Flame UK?

The vision, determination and ethic is infectious.

What is one of the best things you have experienced in your life?

My boy being born.

If you could invite 3 celebrities over for dinner (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Helen Mirren, National Treasure

Bradley Wiggins, inspirational, and a real story to tell.

Michael McIntyre, Hilarious

What did you want to be when you were younger?

A fireman, now I want to a kid again 😊

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

A Blue Whale, the biggest personality out there, and the entire ocean to explore.

What is your favourite movie?

A few Good Men.

What would you tell someone new starting at Flame UK?

Great decision.

 

 

Meet the Team – Henry

Name: Henry Gash

Position: Operations Officer

Start Date: 15th July 2019

Why did you choose this background for your photo?

I chose the photo because it was from an amazing family holiday.

What do you enjoy the most about working at Flame UK?

The friendly Atmosphere

What is one of the best things you have experienced in your life?

Learning to backflip

If you could invite 3 celebrities over for dinner (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Frank Lampard, the current Chelsea manager, all-time Chelsea top goal scorer and Legend

Didier Drogba, who won Chelsea the Champions League

Tammy Abraham, the current Chelsea top goal scorer for the season

What did you want to be when you were younger?

A vet

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

An elephant because it’s my favourite animal

What is your favourite movie?

The Inbetweeners

What would you tell someone new starting at Flame UK?

That it’s a great environment to work in, and that all the staff are friendly

 

 

Meet the Team – Simon

Name: Simon Leadley

Position: Director

Start Date: September 18

Why did you choose this background for your photo?

You don’t see birds with blue feet every day and it was an amazing experience saying them dive in the Galapagos Islands

What do you enjoy the most about working at Flame UK?

The buzz from signing a new deal and the feeling you get when you have saved a customer money or made their services more efficient. Especially when they buy you gifts to say thank you.

What is one of the best things you have experienced in your life?

Visiting the Galapagos Islands

If you could invite 3 celebrities over for dinner (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Michael Jackson to teach me how to moon walk!

Phil Collins to teach my how to play the drums!

Jamie Oliver so he can cook us a feast 😊

What did you want to be when you were younger?

A farmer

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

A lion  because they are top of the food chain

What is your favourite movie?

Legend (Cray Twins)

What would you tell someone new starting at Flame UK?

Great team atmosphere, you will get out what you put in.

 

 

Meet the team – Pam

Name: Pam Knight

Position: Managing Director

Start Date: February 2015

Why did you choose this background for your photo? 

It is a place for thought and tranquillity and also my favourite poem. Footprints in the sand

What do you enjoy the most about working at Flame UK? 

The thrill of building a business from the start-up to a thriving business and the excitement of building relationships with new and existing customers while creating a future for my family.

What is one of the best things you have experienced in your life? 

Obviously after the birth of my children, Flying from Vegas across to the Grand Canyon in the co-pilot seat, completely motionless in case my legs knocked against any of the controls and absolutely in awe of the magnificence and vastness of the Canyon.   Then landing in the Canyon and standing on the edge leaning over the raw cliff edge trembling at the knees.  Seeing the pure beauty of the colourful layered rocks against the clear blue sky and watching the fast flow of the Colorado River running through.  The tranquillity of the moment was a beauty in itself.

If you could invite 3 celebrities over for dinner (dead or alive) who would it be and why? 

Steve Jobs, Peter Jones and Lord Sugar, as they are all amazing entrepreneurs who must have such a brilliant mindset.  They have all achieved so much in life and are still achieving and would have some interesting and funny stories about their journeys, so if I had the opportunity to take at least one new piece of information from the evening that I could apply to my life I would have accelerated my growth exponentially in a short space of time as well as having a fun evening.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

Property Development as I have always had a passion for property and the market and I like an existing challenge with a property renovation of recreating a dated or unloved property back to its former glory or modern-day equivalent.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

I would be a wolf, as they have an air of mystery to them yet intelligent at the same time and are happy on their own or with others and have the ability to fend for themselves.

What is your favourite movie? 

Pretty Women, it is my go-to feel-good film, and my absolute favourite part of the movie is:-

Shop assistant: “Hello, can I help you?”
Vivian: “I was in here yesterday; you wouldn’t wait on me.”
Shop assistant: “Oh.”
Vivian: “You people work on commission, right?”
Shop assistant: “Yeah.”
Vivian: “Big mistake. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping now.”

What would you tell someone new starting at Flame UK? 

Give it your all. You will love the friendliness of the team and the drive and the passion of the business along with the opportunities