Several exciting chapters of the Great Annual Savings Group success story have been written since our founding in 2012. Initially formed to provide business cost saving services to companies in the North East of England, the business has now grown from a regional enterprise to a national provider.
In the timeline below, we take a look at some of the key landmarks that laid the foundations for our rapid-growth.
GAS starts trading from a small office in South Shields.
GAS board accelerate plans to expand.
We achieved four industry accreditations in four months; ISO 9001, Investors in People, ISO 18001 and ISO 14001.
We secure two major tranches of funding to kick-start a period of rapid expansion.
We relocated to stunning new offices in Seaham.
We launch an apprenticeship scheme, hiring nine young people from more than 800 applicants.
City minister Harriett Baldwin, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, praises GAS during a tour of the Seaham premises.
GAS goes global and offers services to the Republic of Ireland.
100th employee joins GAS as we continue to grow.
We reached another milestone with our 1000th customer. Our portfolio now boasts not-for-profits, charities, private and public sector businesses across the country in all sectors.
ISO 27001 accreditation.
Regional winner, “Best SME in North East for Apprenticeship Programme” as we take on our second cohort of apprentices.
Membership of ICS.
GAS wins a spot in the Top 100 companies in the UK for our apprenticeship programme.
We launch an academy to train apprentices in energy sales – “The GAS Group Academy”.
Our year one cohort of apprentices graduate to full-time employment a YEAR early.
We launch our CSR strategy which sees us pledge to support four local charities.
2000th Customer and150th employee joins GAS
The first volunteer day sees a team of GAS employees donate their time to one of our chosen charities.
IIP Accredited until 2021.
Our inaugural staff awards ceremony and conference held at Ramside Hall.
GAS recognised by supplier Total Gas & Power for exceptional compliance processes and classified under their prestigious platinum accreditation.
200th employee joins GAS as we continue to grow.
GAS achieve Silver status for the Better Health at Work award.
GAS launches its 13th service, Electronic Car Charging Points.
An influx of new starters sees our headcount rise by 40%.
GAS customer portfolio surpasses 5,000.
Our 2019 Apprenticeship intake launches.
The money raised for our CSR initiative surpassed last years total with a month still to go.
GAS announced as headline sponsors of the 2019 Asian Business Awards.
Our second annual staff conference where we recognise our staff’s great achievements over the past 12 months.
GAS announce a major new partnership with Tosca Debt Capital, a fund serving the UK’s most ambitious businesses to deliver market-leading growth.
GAS receive The Payroll Giving Diamond Award 2019, in recognition of the organisation’s commitment in fostering a culture of philanthropy and committed giving in the workplace.
GAS became the first recipient of the Winskill Award in recognition of our contributions and support for County Durham Foodbank.NOVEMBER
Our fifth cohort of apprentices officially join the firm.
GAS customer portfolio surpasses 7,500, a 50% increase in eight months.
GAS are awarded Gold with the North East Better Health at Work Award.
GAS welcomes 18 new starters to the Group.
GAS passes £100,000 milestone for charity fundraising.
GAS welcomes another 18 new starters to the Group.
GAS launches a new Instagram channel dedicated to exhibiting “the GAS life”.
GAS welcomes 12 new starters to the Group.
95% of colleagues incomes protected on 100% pay during the Coronavirus crisis.
GAS customer portfolio surpasses 10,000.
50% of colleagues welcomed back to work within the GAS working from home solution and provided with appropriate PPE to protect all field based workers.
GAS announce plans for new 7,500 square foot gymnasium and studios ahead of move to new state-of-the-art premises.
GAS reveals multimillion-pound expansion with new £3m HQ and plans to double workforce.
GAS presents £5,000 donation to Sunderland foodbank following successful social media campaign.
GAS announce new apprenticeship scheme alongside East Durham College, a move that will see the creation of 100 permanent new roles.
GAS are rated 5 stars, Excellent, from TrustPilot with over 500 customer reviews. Testament to our team and their great excellent customer service.
GAS’ December fundraising campaign reaches £20,000, benefitting over 1,000 families across the region.
JANUARY GAS unveil new campus with the opening of new £3m headquarters.
FEBRUARY GAS rolls out onsite rapid COVID-19 testing programme for colleagues.
MARCH GAS Decorated with Continuing Excellence Wellbeing Award.
APRIL Group CEO, Brad Groves, launches the GF Community Foundation to provide hope, employment & community support in the North East.
GF Community Foundation launches new ‘grassroots sports support’ project following the announcement of numerous sponsorship deals with local clubs.
JUNE GAS reveals new partnership with British Gas, providing them exclusive access to their electric vehicle charging point “unlimited charging” offer.
JULY Colleagues gain access to My GAS World, a bespoke, first-class internal communications and benefits platform.
AUGUST Trustpilot ranks GAS as UK’s number one cost reduction specialist for customer care.
SEPTEMBER The Groves Family Community Foundation reached the impressive milestone of £50,000 raised within the first 9 months of inception.
Our Vision & Values
OUR GROUP VISION
To be recognised as a leading provider to businesses for great cost savings!
We are professional in the way we go about our business and in everything we do as a business and individuals.
We can be counted on by our clients and our colleagues.
We are honest and conduct our business with integrity. Integrity fosters trust from our clients, colleagues, suppliers, community and the environment.
We don’t just settle for the status quo, we challenge and look to go over and above whenever we can.
We know our business, suppliers, markets and our customers.
WE HAVE PRIDE IN EVERYTHING WE DO