Affinity Wins Launch of ISP Service at WHSMITH.co.uk Thursday 27 September 2001 PDF Print Affinity Internet Holdings plc, (Affinity), today announces a significant new business deal with the interactive arm of leading high street retailer WHSmith for the relaunch of its ISP service. Affinity and WHSmith.co.uk are working together to develop a range of Internet access packages that are best value for WHSmith.co.uk customers and will compete with other leading providers such as Tiscali, Freeserve and AOL. Details of the new service will be announced in mid - October. Kate Kennedy Managing Director of WHSmith.co.uk, said: "This partnership is part of WHSmith.co.uk's ongoing commitment to provide best value services for our customers. As part of our overall 'bricks and clicks' strategy our ISP service also supports our core offer, giving us an innovative edge against retail-only competitors such as Amazon." Wayne Lochner, group CEO of Affinity, commented: "We are delighted WHSmith.co.uk share our belief in the power of taking bricks and mortar brands online and offering value added services to customers. Securing a deal with such a well-known high street brand strengthens our belief that ISP services are the perfect channel for any organisation to directly communicate with their customers in an online capacity." Lochner added, "Affinity's high quality technology platforms, new management team and greatly improved sales focus have all contributed to our success in this competitive bid situation." ~Ends~ All press enquiries: Midnight Communications Zoë Harley / Antony Mayfield Tel: 01273 666200 Email: Affinity@midnight.co.uk For WHSmith.co.uk Contact: GBC Consumer Technology: Julia Gibbons 020 8322 1922 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Matt Rowntree 020 8322 1922 - Email: email@example.com Sarah Mines 020 8322 1922 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org NOTES TO EDITORS About Affinity Internet Holdings plc Affinity is a provider of white-label, Internet, telecoms and commerce services to major brands, including Tiny Computers, Powergen, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Egg. Founded in 1995 Affinity employs over 200 people in Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. It comprises three main business divisions: Affinity Internet is the UK's biggest provider of Virtual Internet Service Provision (VISP) and has launched over 150 branded ISPs in the UK alone. It offers a full range of SME and ISP packages through its client brands including metered and un-metered, narrowband and broadband (ADSL). Affinity Telecom offers brandable fixed and wireless telephony services as well as a pioneering convergent billing platform based on the industry-leading Geneva technology. Affinity Commerce offers brandable web, mobile and iTV content, e-commerce, software, portals and advanced customer relationship management (CRM) services. Affinity has built its technologies and services working with companies regarded as the best in their respective fields, including strategic partners: ICL, Cisco Systems, and ClientLogic. Other key relationships include Cable & Wireless, British Telecom, Vodafone UK, Applied Psychology Research (APR) and Synigence. http://www.affinity.uk.com For press ready photography please visit our image archive: www.prshots.com About WHSmith.co.uk WHSmith.co.uk is the interactive arm of multi-channel retailer WHSmith. The site offers 2.1 million products, including 1.5 million books. WHSmith.co.uk offers the widest range of books, music, films and educational content via the Internet, and Interactive TV. In the Henley Centre Report (5 June 2000), WHSmith.co.uk was rated the 4th most trusted website in the UK, and voted 'Website of the Year' at the E-tail 2000 Conference and in June this year WHSmith.co.uk was ranked 5th in the MMXI top 10 online retailers (by unique visitors). Please visit http://www.whsmith.co.uk/press for current and past WH Smith press information. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Midnight Communications in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.