Seaham

Seaham move triggers growth and jobs

Great Annual Savings (GAS) has doubled the size of its business after relocating to bigger premises in East Durham.

Previously based in South Shields, GAS moved to Seaham’s Spectrum Business Park three months ago and since then the firm has added 30 staff to its team.

Among the new recruits are customer service representatives, business solutions managers, administrators and support staff, while a campaign is underway to hire up to 10 new apprentices.

In recent weeks GAS has held a series of events to give budding apprentices the chance to learn about life at a fast-expanding company. Three-year apprenticeships have been made available in a range of areas including IT, HR, finance, business administration, customer service and sales.

Interviews are currently taking place and the new apprentices are expected to start later this month.

GAS will continue its aggressive growth plan throughout 2015 and is on track to achieve its target headcount of 90 by the end of the year. If this goal is achieved, it will mean the firm has created around 50-60 jobs in the second half of this year alone.

Bradley Groves, Chief Executive and Chairman of Great Annual Savings Group, said: “The move to Seaham has been the catalyst for our recent growth. We’d outgrown our former premises in South Shields and our new home has enabled us to recruit 30 staff faster than we had anticipated.

“In doing so, we’ve created jobs for local people and work for a host of companies on and around the Spectrum Business Park, which is now becoming a recognised hub for professional services, digital and knowledge-based businesses.”

“In the past Seaham hasn’t really been thought of as a place where businesses can grow and flourish – but that perception is most definitely beginning to change.”

Mr Groves launched GAS in 2012 to help businesses reduce their variable costs and save money in a range of areas including energy procurement, energy and water cost management, fire safety, telecoms and insurance. Going forward, the company aims to create additional jobs in Seaham, which has a catchment area of 550,000 people including an estimated 17,000-plus jobseekers.

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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.

Quote:

“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.