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How GAS’ management talent are taking the next step

Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) has always been a fast-paced working environment with regular opportunities for colleagues to progress, as the business’ management talent have found this month. The Group has earned a stream of employment accolades in recent years, including a National Apprenticeship Award and being named second on

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GAS mourns the sad loss of colleague Gary

It is with deep regret that Great Annual Savings mourns the sad loss of our colleague, Gary Pearson, who passed away suddenly, whilst at home yesterday. We know this comes as a shock to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Gary.  He was always so positive and happy, and

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Special Sunderland shirt created to support poverty campaign

Sunderland AFC’s official principal partner, Great Annual Savings Group, has shown its support for the Foundation of Light, by gifting it’s front of shirt sponsorship to support a special campaign to tackle poverty in the North East. The club’s official charity aims to raise £30,000 to support critical community services

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Gav Cogdon, 24-hour burpee world record

Wellbeing expert to complete 24 hour world record

Gavin Cogdon, Great Annual Savings Health and Wellbeing Manager, is attempting a 24-hour burpee world record.  The gruelling challenge will raise money to fund health and wellbeing programmes in County Durham and Sunderland’s most disadvantaged communities. Pushing himself both mentally and physically, Gavin, has been training to complete a full

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GAS announces new partnership with Birmingham City Football Club

Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) is proud to announce a new partnership with Birmingham City Football Club. The Group has a comprehensive portfolio of sporting partners, including Football League clubs such as Sunderland AFC. In a challenging economic climate, GAS has proven to be an incredibly useful partner to sporting

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Water way to save £250k

A North East cost saving business is celebrating after making waves in the deregulated water market. Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) added business water procurement to its roster of 13 B2B cost reduction services in 2017/18 and has now reached £250,000 of savings for customers. GAS helps businesses reduce outgoing

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GF Community Foundation honours the fallen this Remembrance Day

GF Community Foundation (GFCF) part of GF Group, is honouring the fallen this Remembrance Day with a special installation outside of its HQ on Spectrum Business Park, Seaham. Displaying over 200 hand crafted wooden poppies alongside a silhouetted Tommy cut-out, the installation is a collaborative project between several East Durham

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Phil Andrew and Sharon Appleby at Keel Square, Sunderland City Centre

BID: Sunderland businesses can benefit from relaunched partnership

The opportunity for Sunderland city centre businesses to save money across a whole host of areas is now available, thanks to a renewed partnership between Sunderland BID and Great Annual Savings Group. Both organisations are building on their existing relationship to encourage companies to sign up with GAS, which can

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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.