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GAS Seals Deal with Irish Leisure Firm to Deliver 6 Figure Saving

We’re thrilled at Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) to have extended our international footprint after striking a deal with the owner of a well-known global restaurant franchise.

Dublin-based Press Up Entertainment Group (PUE), the parent firm of Wagamama, Dean Hotel and Sophie’s Restaurant, appointed us to conduct an extensive review of its running costs in a bid to save substantial sums of money.

Following the review, which covered contracts between PUE and its key service providers, we have helped the leisure operator make savings of more than €100,000 (£83,600) over the two-year contract.

The partnership marks the latest milestone in our expansion, after we recently announced plans to double our 150-strong workforce by the end of June 2017. We’ve made great strides in the past year, swelling our customer base to almost 1,600 and moving to bigger premises on the Spectrum Business Park in Seaham.
Bradley Groves, Chairman and Chief Executive of Great Annual Savings Group, said:

“We’re thrilled to be working with one of Ireland’s most distinguished leisure and hospitality operators. During a review of their business, we discovered that some of the contracts had elapsed and, as a result, many sites were paying above-market, out-of-contract rates.

“We’ve now been able to address this and we’re currently undertaking an audit of individual sites to see where we can make further savings.”

​​“We were looking to save money on our running costs but didn’t want the hassle of renegotiating contracts with all of our individual suppliers. The appointment of GAS has taken that job out of our hands and the company’s experience in dealing with these issues will enable us to make significant cost savings as we look to grow the business.”

So far this year GAS has helped businesses make collective seven figure savings, including around £250,000 for customers in the hospitality and tourism sector. We’ve helped customers save money in a range of sectors, including manufacturing, hospitality and tourism, construction, engineering and retail.

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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.