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Gas Makes Donation to Houghton Boxing Club

Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) has teamed up with a local sporting club to develop the next generation of boxing talent.

The Group recently made a cash donation to Houghton and District Fitness and Youth Boxing Club, which is open to males and females over the age of ten.
​GAS also offered support by purchasing tickets for the club’s recent boxing show at the Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club, boosting the total contribution to £1,000.

The money is the latest sponsorship we have donated, building on our strong record of supporting local sporting teams for both adults and young people. Other beneficiaries have included several local clubs, such as Hetton Lyons Cricket Club, Castle Eden Cricket Club, Spennymoor Town Football Club, Mixed Martial arts show ‘Made 4 The Cage’ and other schools and sports teams.

GAS Chief Executive and chairman Bradley Groves, a former footballer who is now also chairman of Spennymoor Town FC, said: “As a company we’re active supporters of grass roots sport in the North East. Many local sporting clubs are struggling to survive and rely on donations from individuals and businesses in the area.

“We are delighted to support Houghton Boxing Club, which does some fantastic work in the local community. It provides a safe environment for youngsters to keep fit, improve their boxing skills and learn transferable skills such as teamwork and effective communication.”

Formed in 2009, the club now has around 50 members and stages boxing shows across the region. As well as teaching youngsters how to box, it also educates them about the value of general fitness and lays on a range of other activities such as mountain biking and kayaking.

Houghton Boxing Club Head Coach Kenny Allen said: “We’re extremely grateful for the donation and support from GAS, which is well-known for supporting local sports groups. Our running costs have risen in recent years and we rely on the generosity of Bradley and other people to help fund the cost of equipment, transport and staging events.

“The club provides an important service to the local community. It keeps children off the streets, educates them about health and fitness and helps to reduce anti-social behaviour.”

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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.


“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.