Brad Groves, chief executive of GAS
Chloe Shakesby

North East savings company to create hundreds of jobs with £3m office investment

A North East company has made a multi-million pound investment to quadruple its office space and create hundreds of new jobs.

Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) has invested more than £3m on a lease on a new building on Spectrum Business Park in Seaham, taking its total office space to 80,000 square feet.

The space will provide GAS with the capacity to employ more than 1,000 people in a Covid-compliant, socially-distant working environment. The fit-out is now underway and the plan is for the business to move into the building at the end of 2020.

Brad Groves, chief executive of GAS, commented: “Our new headquarters in Spectrum 7 will be one of the finest office facilities outside of London and Manchester.

“We are committing a multi-million pound investment to create an innovative building focused on employee experience and wellbeing.

“That means more than just the latest furniture, technology and equipment. We are weaving major new benefits into the build, which will incorporate health and wellbeing facilities; a state-of-the-art catering facility; a fully-subsidised gym, studio and changing facility; an arcade; an e-gaming zone; zen rooms; speciality training and development suites and more.

“We have now recruited a group health and wellbeing manager, who will be building a skilled team to focus on the physical wellbeing elements of this.

“Additionally, we will be recruiting a market-leading team to re-develop our benefits and incentives.

“Their sole responsibility will be to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences for colleagues and take our work-life balance to new heights through incentives, benefits and Travel.

“The second floor we have taken at Spectrum 6 is initially to allow our staff to return to the working environment in a safe way. It gives us more room to maintain a social distance and reduces demand for facilities such as toilets and kitchens.

“We have invested further to go above and beyond the government’s workplace guidelines for safety and are only bringing staff back into the workplace when the time is right.”

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