GASG’s Anti-Slavery Statement

Introduction from Brad Groves, Chief Executive Officer

The Great Annual Savings Group (GASG) understands that modern slavery and human trafficking are all growing concerns and the risk is present in every country, whether industrialised, developed or in transition. GASG has a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking of any kind in our operations and supply chain. We should be alert to the potential risks, however, small they may be in our business.

Our business structure

GASG is a costs savings specialist that provides its clients with cost savings services including, but not limited to, business energy, water, waste and insurance based in the UK.

GASG consists of a number of legal entities and the ultimate parent company is The Great Annual Savings Company Ltd (CRN 08086347).

The Group has over 200 employees and operates from its headquarters in County Durham.

The Group is passionate about its customer service and operational excellence, with on-going investment and continual strategic enhancements to our business model.

The Group is equally passionate about contributing to the communities in which it lives and works, through donations to local organisations such as children’s charities, hospitals, and homeless charities, and through involvement in school projects and community initiatives.

Our business

The Group is organised in a number of separate companies, including:

The Great Annual Savings Company LTD which delivers:

1.Energy Procurement Services;
2.Supply of energy management services; and
3.Other value-added services include waste management, water and insurance.

Plus, a Community Interest Company, The GF Community Foundation which has been created to:

1. Develop Community places, including community centres, local parks and spaces for community and activity use that meet the needs of local people.
2. Invest in key facilities, venues and park space that require improvements and investment to meet community need.
3. Deliver Wellbeing community based activities for those most in need and that compliments existing activity and fills the gaps that others don’t provide.

Our activities mostly take place within the United Kingdom, although we do carry out some services within the United Kingdom for international clients.

Our supply chains

Our operations and procurement activities take place within the United Kingdom and our contractors and suppliers are predominately UK and EU based. We expect our supply chain to fully comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and be transparent, accountable and auditable.

Our policies on slavery and human trafficking

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Anti Slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.

Risk mitigation for slavery and human trafficking

GASG evaluates the nature and extent of its exposure to the risk of modern slavery occurring in its supply chain. As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk of modern slavery occurring across our business and in our supply chains we have:

1. Raised general organisational awareness by circulating an article to all staff explaining progress in preparing this statement and the risks of modern slavery;
2. Introduced into our procurement process a requirement for our suppliers to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015;
3. Assigned a Modern Slavery Officer to ensure to monitor compliance with this statement and the Anti Slavery Policy;
4. Ensured that our general terms and conditions we use when procuring services ensure that our suppliers comply with all laws and rules which extends to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and other legislation that prevents modern slavery and human trafficking; and
5. Reviewed our pay scales to ensure that all employees are paid at least the relevant minimum wage and have the right to work in the United Kingdom.

In addition to the above procedures we have in place to mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking, we will to:

  • Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains;
  • Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains if they become apparent; and
  • Protect whistle blowers.

Supplier adherence to our values

We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors comply with our values we have in place a provision within our standard tender documentation to include the discretionary exclusion of any bidder who has been convicted of an offence under section 1, 2 or 4 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. In addition, all suppliers that sign up to our terms and conditions are required to comply with all laws which extends to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Training

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we have highlighted the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking to our staff through publications on our intranet. All staff who deal directly with our supply chain have also been trained in respect of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and we will look to roll this training out across the business.

Further Steps

Although the Group’s standard terms and conditions provide compliance with all laws, we will seek to update the terms and conditions to specifically require compliance with Modern Slavery Act 2015. We will also look to train our staff in identifying modern slavery or human trafficking and include modern slavery within our induction process for all new employees.

We will continue to review the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking and will report progress to the Group’s Senior Leadership Team and the Board.

We will act promptly where an issue with compliance with this statement has been flagged or identified.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 2020/2021 and has been approved and endorsed by GASG’s Board of Directors.

Brad Groves
Chief Executive Officer
GAS Group of Companies
August 2021

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.

Paul JohnsonGroup Finance 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.

Adam BrownGroup Marketing Manager

A graduate of Sunderland University in 2011 in Sports Journalism, Adam spent the first few months of his career working as a Journalist before deciding he would enjoy applying his skills on the other side of the fence.

Adam says
"Journalism just wasn’t for me. Like all students when they graduate, I felt obliged to pursue a career in my chosen area of study, before quickly realising I had a diverse skill set that was better suited to the Communications and PR side of things. I gained a wide range of knowledge of writing and the media through my time at University and in the industry, so it was a smooth transition.

In December 2015, Adam leapt at the opportunity to join Great Annual Savings, tasked with the responsibility of setting up and establishing the Marketing Department.  In his short time with the company, he has expanded the team to seven members, with additional scope to grow further.  He has also implemented a successful PR strategy which has seen the company develop its brand reputation in a very competitive market.

Judith BennisonGroup HR Director

Judith was part of the team who initially set up Great Annual Savings in 2012, she brings with her an abundance of senior management experience, managing the HR/Resourcing functions in numerous fast growing FTSE250 companies including De La Rue International PLC, Blacks Leisure Group PLC and most recently G4S PLC. Judith has played a pivotal role in helping move the business forward with our ambitious growth plans and her impact has seen our head count grow significantly year on year with significant plans in place to manage and lead the continued growth going forward.

Judith says:

"Businesses who are pro-active continually look at managing their costs effectively, those who wait until a recession hits, are reactive and often too late. We want companies to be pro-active and take the pain away by saving costs now, letting GAS do the fully managed cost solution just makes good business sense for any company, whatever the size or industry. Our business ethos is something I truly believe in and want every company to benefit from our help and support, working collaboratively together is a great way to build long term relationships.”

Did you know?

Outside of work, Judith is a member of the Employer Committee for the East Durham area, which helps businesses network with one another in the Durham region as well as helps to attract people & companies to this area. When she’s not networking across the North East you’ll find her doing some form of health & fitness and be having a coffee somewhere with someone!

Bradley GrovesChief Executive & Founder

Having founded GAS in 2012, Brad has overseen the company’s huge growth in a short space of time. Starting from modest surroundings in South Shields, rapid progress has seen the business move to its current office in Seaham, which is being expanded across the business park to create an 80,000 square foot GAS campus, featuring one of the finest headquarters buildings outside of London and Manchester.

The majority of Brad’s career has been spent on the boards of FTSE companies, at board level in the private sector and in turnaround private equity.  He was Group MD of Caudwell Group and worked on its sale in 2006 for £1.5 billion.

Brad says:

"Certain businesses we’ve worked with have made six-figure savings over their contract terms. We cover the widest range of business variable costs in the market in one place.  When we get involved with a company, it allows them to focus on their core business.  The extra time we allow them to spend on their strategies can often prove as valuable as the cash we save them."

Did you know?

Brad is the proud Owner and Chief Executive of Spennymoor Town Football Club, who have achieved four promotions and eleven trophies since his takeover in 2009.  His interests outside of business and sport include a passion for animal welfare and he has been an avid dog owner for decades.