Neil’s got the feels

Sometimes in the world of work, things fall perfectly into place.  That’s how Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) Lead Gen Neil Reid views the last seven months.

“I was a bit confused as to my next step,” said Neil, “when I was made redundant from a former competitor which no longer exists.  I had a couple of decent offers from around the industry and met a few people as I had a track record of performing.

“I was on the verge of joining another business and I decided to meet GAS and see what they had to day.  It sounds cheesy, but as soon as I walked through the door I knew it wat the place for me.  It felt right.

“The atmosphere is electric and everyone is so busy working towards common goals.  I’ve worked in call-centre environments for 17 years, which includes my previous workplace.  But GAS felt different – it’s not a call centre.

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“In my job it’s like running your own little business here.  You’ve obviously got targets in a sales role, but you’re trusted as an adult to achieve them without being hounded about break times, call times and the usual.

“For me, that works.  I’ve been here seven months now and I arrived with an open mind, which has paid dividends already.

“The incentives and staff perks like VIP entry to Hardwick Live and hospitality at Sunderland matches have been brilliant for me and my family to enjoy.  Family is the word at GAS – it feels like one big one and the company brings our relatives in on the fun whenever it can.

“I work on Rob’s team and again we’re very close-knit; we all want to see each other do well.  We perform because we’ve got the right traits: enthusiasm, focus, work ethic and personability.

“When you have so many people with these qualities in one place, it becomes quite special.”

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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.

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.