Optare Group

Optare Group Case Study

With its origins lying in the formation of the Leyland Motor Company in 1907, Optare Group boasts unrivalled levels of experience in the development of new technologies in bus design and manufacturing.

Passionate about preserving the environment for future generations, Optare Group lead the way in zero emissions technology in their electric bus fleets, which now operate in London, Nottingham, York, Inverness, Kalstad (Sweden) and Utrecht (Holland).


With its origins lying in the formation of the Leyland Motor Company in 1907, Optare Group can boast an unrivalled level of experience in the development of new technologies in bus design and manufacturing.

Having won a string of design, technology and environmental awards after more than 30 years at the cutting edge of bus design and manufacturing, the Optare Group wanted to make sure every aspect of its operation was as efficient as its products.


After undertaking a comprehensive examination and analysis of the bus manufacturers existing energy contracts, GAS’s team of industry-leading energy procurement specialists were able to renegotiate their existing terms with their current providers establish significant cost savings over the course of their contract.

As part of the continuous support service they offer to their clients, GAS’s Energy Management Service Team were able install the latest Monitoring and Targeting software in order to evaluate Optare’s current energy usage and propose a long-term strategy to cut emissions to become as sustainable and profitable as possible.

Following the introduction of the government’s Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) regulations, Optare were able to work alongside GAS’s experienced team of consultants to implement the procedures required to become fully compliant and prevent the firm from falling foul to fines that still threaten many other businesses throughout the UK.


  • Experience significant cost savings on electricity, gas and Diesel by 18.5%.
  • Reduce energy usage by a further 5% with the installation of new Monitoring and Storage software.
  • Maximise the accuracy of their financial forecasts with a tighter control over spending.
  • Reinforce the company’s key cultural values of establishing a green and environmentally friendly business.
  • Ensure full compliance with the governments ESOS regulations.


“Improving the environment is at the top of our agenda so we were particularly impressed by GAS and their focus on getting the most out of the services we use every day.

“The savings they have helped us make are crucial on our journey to make Optare one of the most efficient companies in its sector.”

Graham Belgum, President, Optare Group

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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.