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GAS goes global & offers services the the Republic Of Ireland

Great Annual Savings Group has made its first foray into international markets by expanding into the Republic of Ireland.

We’ve enjoyed twelve months of rapid growth in 2015, moving to bigger premises in Seaham and trebling headcount to more than 100 staff.​

Now we’ve launched a sales division to service the growing Ireland market. In just a few weeks since the launch we have built up a portfolio of customers in the country and generated almost £100,000 of sales.​

The move into the Republic of Ireland is part of our long-term strategy of growing our share of key strategic markets.​

Bradley Groves, chief executive and chairman of Great Annual Savings Group, said: “Our expansion into the Republic of Ireland marks a significant milestone in the firm’s growth story. We’ve come a long way since last January, when we had about 30 staff operating from our former South Shields office and a customer base that was largely made up of companies in the North East and Yorkshire.”

“Since then we’ve trebled the size of the business, built a portfolio of customers in other areas of the UK and bolstered our management team with several key appointments. We are on track to expand at a similar rate in 2016.”

We help businesses reduce their variable costs and save money in a range of areas including energy procurement, energy and water cost management, fire safety, telecoms and insurance. Launched in 2012, we have more than 100 staff operating from our headquarters on the Spectrum Business Park in Seaham. The aim is to hire another 50-60 staff by the middle of 2016 – a move that would take total headcount to 150.

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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.