Customer Savings

Savings Milestone Passed As Gas Cuts Charity’s Costs

Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) has hit a significant milestone with regards to customer savings, after passing £600,000 so far this calendar year.

Following a surge in new business and the launch of six new services, the Group has now helped companies make collective savings of £672,776.48 in 2016.
The organisation that took us over this notable milestone was the County Durham Furniture Help Scheme (CDFHS), which restores and repairs second-hand furniture and supplies it at affordable prices to low-income families. A registered charity, Ferryhill-based CDFHS also provides low-cost crockery, bedding, chairs and electrical goods and has developed a pioneering training and work placement programme that aims to give people the skills to find a job. CDFHS has worked with GAS for some time, but the latest collaboration between the businesses has pushed GAS’ savings figure past the £600k milestone.

With GAS’s assistance over a number of years, CDFHS has saved a total of £22,700, which has allowed the organisation to pass on cost savings to customers.


Steve Mitten, CEO at CDFHS, said: “The money that GAS has helped us to save has enabled us to make our household items more affordable for the people who really need them. We will continue to work with the company to identify other areas where we can reduce costs and improve our efficiency.

“Coupling the tangible cost saving with advice, guidance, availability to bounce ideas off, support at meetings and pro-active participation, GAS’ service has been priceless. Our work together has categorically helped CDFHS get where it is and allowed us to keep firm, demonstrable control over the costs we are passing on to our customers.”

Bradley Groves, Chief Executive and Chairman of Great Annual Savings Group, said: “We are proud to have hit this significant first quarter milestone. Businesses and organisations across the country are realising the importance of managing their variable business costs, especially in light of volatile wholesale prices, green taxes, insurance price hikes and uncertainty over security of future energy supplies.

“They are realising that cost control is becoming just as important as chasing turnover in this new age of austerity. In the case of CDFHS, our work has allowed the organisation to further improve what is a vitally important service to the local community.”

For further information about CDFHS, visit their website or call 01388 721 509. Call Great Annual savings on 0191 500 5610 or 0191 500 5757 to find out more about how we help businesses cut their costs.

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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.