Affinity Group’s personal approach reaping 'unprecedented' rewards

Chief executive Andrew Morgan said that the team’s talent and approachability had always been the Group’s biggest asset, and, after the restructure, had been highlighted even more

Andrew Morgan
Andrew Morgan

A Birkirkara company is enjoying a period of unprecedented growth after a shift in focus to put its people first.

Affinity Group has changed its name from Affinity Management Services following a change in ownership structure and formation of a new management team in 2019.

Established in 2004, the company has spent the past few months emphasising its personal approach to corporate services, by putting staff at the forefront of the company’s image.

Andrew Morgan, who took over as chief executive last year, said: “We work in what is traditionally a very corporate industry but what makes us different from many of our competitors is our personal touch. Many of our clients have been with us since 2004 and our team have forged close bonds with them.”

Morgan said that the team’s talent and approachability had always been the Group’s biggest asset, and, after the restructure, had been highlighted even more.

“So far, it’s paying off and this has been one of the most successful periods in our 16-year history,” he said.

Having built its name within the yachting sector, Affinity now handles a wide range of corporate and fiduciary clients across various industries and is a leading CSP in the Gaming/FinTech sector. Yachting remains an integral part of what the Group does and it recently surpassed more than £2 billion of assets under administration.

“In addition to growing the client portfolio, we have made Affinity an employer of choice by cultivating a friendly working environment where staff are trusted and empowered,” Morgan said. “The key to this has been communication; briefing our team properly on the Group’s targets and objectives as well as helping staff to meet their own personal objectives however big or small.”

Affinity Group, which employs 11 people in its Swatar office and 23 in the Isle of Man, provides corporate services such as company formation, administration and accountancy services for businesses and individuals in yachting, aviation, egaming, commercial property and other sectors.

Morgan said Affinity Groups’s growth had continued despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We were fortunate enough that lockdown was not too painful for us but, like everyone else, we’re certainly glad things are heading in the right direction,” he said. “Many of the industries we serve are dependent on people being able to leave their homes and travel. We’re already a lot busier than we were a month ago and we’re expecting that uptick to continue significantly.”

Group Director Alex Gardner said Affinity Group had taken the opportunity for a “brand makeover” to emphasise the company’s personal approach to Corporate and Trust services.

“Through our close-knit team we’re able to provide clients with a highly personal service, dedicated to their individual needs and that’s what sets Affinity Group apart,” he said.

“To reflect this approach, we’ve undergone a bit of a brand makeover. We have a new name, a new logo, a revamped website and there’s plenty more exciting updates to come as we prepare for what’s sure to be a busy second half of 2020.”

Group Director Chris Stewart said the company had continued to grow, despite the challenges of Covid-19 lockdown.

“As soon as I joined Affinity in November 2017, I felt this was an aptly named company and the unusual events of this year have done nothing to dissuade me of that opinion. Despite the prolonged period of lockdown due to Covid-19, we have continued to on board new staff and new clients in to the Affinity family,” he said.

“It’s testament to the processes and, more importantly, the team we have in place that this has happened, in spite of the obvious complications of all working remotely.”

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