Following the welcome news that the UK has begun a journey towards the re-opening of businesses, Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) is now entering the final stages of its own roadmap back to full operations.
Throughout the course of the pandemic, GAS has employed working from home solutions and covid-secure processes to protect colleagues, but is now scheduled to return to full capacity by the end of April 2021.
The Group’s strong trade throughout 2020 and the start of 2021 means that it emerges from a period of national turbulence ready to pick up the exciting growth plans that were revealed in 2020.
This has already begun in earnest, with 21 new starters joining the business in the UKI Enterprise Division on 1 March.
The move into the state-of-the-art, covid-secure Sea View HQ is now complete and work already underway to transform the second building on the 80,000 square-foot Great Annual Savings Campus into a purpose-led Performance and Development Hub.
As a result, GAS is now poised to reignite its recruitment drive and create jobs at all levels, including its previously-announced apprenticeship scheme.
The start of 2021 has also seen progress on exciting new corporate social responsibility plans and engagement with new stakeholders across the North East.
More than 300 GAS colleagues will be back in the workplace in the first week of March 2021 to join a workforce of more than 400 across GAS and the Group’s other entities, including Spennymoor Town FC.
This is a result of a six-figure investment in colleague safety nationally, including personal protective equipment, individual anti-bacterial packs, office desk enclosers, disinfectant stations and much more.
But the most significant change for colleagues is the Group’s new rapid testing system.
All HQ-based colleagues are now tested twice per week by the Group, highlighting any potentially positive cases within 30 minutes of someone entering Sea View HQ.
Brad Groves, Chief Executive of GAS, said: “It has been the most difficult trading year anyone could have imagined. But we have made the right choices throughout, guided by a focus on safety and putting our people first.
“That is true for our colleagues at GAS and also elsewhere in the Group at Spennymoor Town, where we have protected our players, staff and supporters.
“Despite everything we have faced, the last year has still seen GAS break records and barriers and experience another significant year of growth and improvement.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to the group of people who have worked non-stop throughout the whole health crisis, from home or in the workplace, who have each been a credit to themselves and the Group to keep the wheels turning and set us up for a strong return to full capacity.
“Equally, it gives me great pleasure to welcome our staff back into the physical workplace, where they have been missed as professionals and as part of the GAS family. As our new starters will quickly discover, we are a tight-knit group, which makes us an attractive employer of choice.
“We can now concentrate on working our way out of the crisis of a generation and can all appreciate things we all took for granted just 12 months ago.”