16 September 2021
Phil from Procure Smart with Sharon from Sunderland BID by the Fountain in Keel Square

THE OPPORTUNITY for Sunderland city centre businesses to save money across a whole host of areas is now available, thanks to a renewed partnership between Sunderland BID and Great Annual Savings Group.

Both organisations are building on their existing relationship to encourage companies to sign up with GAS, which can help them save money in everything from utilities to payment services and insurance.

And now BID Chief Executive, Sharon Appleby, is hoping businesses will take advantage of the opportunity and reduce their costs.

“Nobody needs reminding about the tough time that businesses have had over the past 18 months,” said Sharon.

“So anything that can help them reduce costs should be very welcome. We have a long standing relationship with Great Annual Savings Group and now we want to build on that and help more businesses to benefit.”

Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) has more than 11,000 business customers across the UK and Ireland and can offer procurement and efficiency consultancy for free to any business in Sunderland.

The company has been a sponsor of a number of Sunderland BID initiatives, including of the 100 Quick Wins clean-up campaign run in conjunction with Sunderland College and Sunderland Council.

The company is heavily invested in the city and is Principal Partner and front of shirt sponsor for SAFC.

Phil Andrew, Partnerships Director at Great Annual Savings Group, said: “We are excited to strengthen our relationship with more city centre businesses and with the BID itself.

“The last few years have seen us continue our growth and we can now offer businesses more advice than ever.

“Our time and our quoting service is free, so it’s a perfect opportunity for business owners to investigate where they could make some all-important savings as we all look to bounce back from the challenges of lockdown.”

Anyone who would like to find out more about how GAS can help them can visit or contact the Sunderland BID rep, Clair Cogdon, at [email protected] or 0191 500 5664.