GAS proud sponsor of super Spennymoor

Congratulations to Spennymoor Town FC for progressing into the First Round Proper of the Emirates FA Cup at the weekend.

Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) is a keen supporter of local sport and is thrilled to see the team it sponsors progressing to this stage of the competition, where Football League teams enter.

Moors progressed to the First Round thanks to a convincing 3-0 Fourth Qualifying Round win over Lincoln United on Saturday.

Goals from Graeme Armstrong, David Dowson and GAS’ own staff member Joe Tait secured the club’s spot in the First Round.

Joe returned to work today to a series of pats on the back. He said: “It’s great to progress to this level and we’re all hoping for a big home tie in the draw tonight.”

Joe also highlighted the role his employer plays in his football career. He said: “Brad (Chief Executive and Chairman of Great Annual Savings Group and Chief Executive of Spennymoor Town) has put a lot of effort and time into the success Spennymoor is now enjoying, and is a great support to me as a player and a staff member.”

Joe works in the Compliance Team at GAS, headed up by Craig Shields, and is responsible for quality-checking customer service standards and contracts in the interest of customer satisfaction.

His own customer satisfaction scores would have been through the roof when he fired Spennymoor ahead from the penalty spot on Saturday. Moors will now wait to see who their next opponents are, which will be revealed live tonight on BBC Two at 19:00.​​​​​

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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.