Better health at work

GAS recognised for better health at work

Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) has had its commitment to staff wellbeing recognised, scooping a Better Health At Work Award (BHAWA).

The Bronze Award, backed by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), recognises businesses in the North East and Cumbria that make a concerted effort to improve employee health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Over the last year, GAS has executed an internal campaign to educate and inspire, offering advice on mental health, physical health and nutrition.

Former Apprentice star Katie Bulmer-Cooke has also spent time at GAS HQ signing staff up to her new healthy meal service, Guilt-Free Kitchen, which proved a hit.

A ‘health shelf’ has been introduced in the company vending machines offering fruit-based snacks, protein bars, healthy beverages and nuts.

A wellbeing hub has also been created on the GAS Intranet called ‘The Hive’, offering resources and advice on building a healthy life routine, including exercise nutrition and service signposting.

This progress was enough to see GAS achieve the Bronze BHAWA, but in a rapidly-expanding business with a heavy focus on employee wellbeing, this is just the start.

Judith Bennison, Group HR Director, said: “Bronze is the first level of the award and we have our sights set firmly on achieving silver and upwards in the coming months.

“We have implemented a number of initiatives and processes internally to help promote better health at work and we will continue to do so.  This demonstrates how committed we are to attracting good candidates to the Group as we continue to grow.”

The silver level will see GAS tackle smoking cessation, alcohol advice and hydration in the workplace.

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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.