Ramside Hall

Ramside Hall Case Study

Formerly the home of the Pemberton family, Ramside Hall was transformed into a hotel in 1963 and, since then, the hotel has been renowned for welcoming guests from across the globe.

As the largest privately-owned luxury hotel in County Durham, the 350-acre hotel now boasts two 18-hole championship golf courses, award-winning gardens, a brand new luxury spa and a whole host of restaurants all under one roof.


With energy costs increasing significantly following the £15m investment into a host of new facilities, Ramside Hall identified in GAS a partner with the experience, expertise and portfolio of services to provide an end-to-end solution that would allow them to not only reduce their current energy spending, but also manage their expenditure moving forward.


Following a comprehensive investigation and analysis of the leisure destination’s existing energy contracts, GAS’s team of industry-leading procurement specialists were able to renegotiate their current terms to 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 are also assisting in the monitoring and evaluation of Ramside’s current energy usage to establish long-term control over expenditure.

To complement their energy management and procurement services, Ramside Hall also utilised GAS’s extensive portfolio of services by engaging the firm to explore the market and renegotiate their business insurance and water costs, helping contribute to savings of £60,000 in the first year of their deal.

In light of the introduction of the government’s Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) regulations, GAS’s experienced specialists were also able to provide expert consultancy on the measures needed to become fully compliant and prevent Ramside Hall from falling foul to fines that still threaten many other businesses throughout the UK.


  • Experience significant cost savings of up to £250,000 by the end of their existing three-year contract.
  • Establish long-term control over their future energy costs.
  • Maximise the accuracy of their financial forecasts with a tighter control over spending.
  • Ensure full compliance with the governments ESOS regulations.


“We’re well on the way to establishing the hotel as one of the most exciting leisure destinations in the region. However, while we’ve invested a significant amount of money in new facilities, we’re also conscious of the need to keep costs under control, which is why we’ve teamed up with The Great Annual Savings Group.

“They have helped us to secure a good deal on our utility bills, which has given us extra security and cashflow visibility at a time when energy prices are quite volatile.”

John Adamson, Managing Director, Ramside Estates

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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.