GAS brings great outdoors in with latest interiors concept

Long gone are the days of the obligatory solo plant sitting in a reception waiting area, as Great Annual Savings (GAS) incorporates the latest commercial interior design trend into its new headquarters.

According to Penketh Group, it is human nature to respond positively when there are natural elements in close proximity, providing physical and mental perks as well as proven productivity benefits.

The premise is especially important in the UK, or other rainy, cool climates, where getting a dose of daily outdoors is not particularly practical all year-round.

Group HR Director, Judith Bennison said:

“We have developed the GAS garden within our state-of the-art HQ facility which includes extensive use of a 3D live-wall, picnic benches and artificial grass. The space is an ‘outdoor’ extension of the relaxed space we have created for all seasons and provides a desired area to connect with nature on those cooler rainy days, with all the comforts of being indoors.

 Not only does the GAS garden provide proven health, wellbeing and productivity benefits, it is also a beautiful backdrop for photos when celebrating colleague achievements, such as our apprentices passing a course or a promotion. We encourage a bit of harmless fun and fully expect more than a few #theGASlife live-wall selfies on our Instagram account!”

As GAS looks to thread creativity through its entire operation, with an attitude of disruption and innovation it makes sense to embrace the competitive advantage of office quirks, such as bringing the outside in with an indoor garden area. An approach usually employed by global giants such as Facebook and Google, GAS once again demonstrates its forward-thinking approach to its future expansion plans and having a great environment for everyone to enjoy.

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Paul JohnsonGroup Financial Director

Paul Johnson is very much a home-grown talent.

He joined Great Annual Savings Group in its infancy, fresh from a youth career as a professional footballer with Hartlepool United.  He quickly established a reputation within the business and aced all required accountancy qualifications in the space of four years to become the Group’s Management Accountant.

Several successful projects later, Paul was promoted to Head of Finance.  When the former FD left GAS, he took on the mantle of the business’ most senior finance professional; boasting a string of incredible achievements all under the age of 30.

Quote:

“I have witnessed phenomenal growth at the Group over the many years I’ve worked here and I’m looking forward to guiding the Group into an exciting new chapter.”

Interesting fact:

Paul made his professional debut for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth in the Football League.  Some say Danny Ings still resides in his pocket to this day.