A growing North East company has expanded its portfolio of cost-saving services with the launch of a new regional partnership.

County Durham’s Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) will now help businesses prepare for a low carbon future by offering the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

GAS has teamed up with leading EV charging expert Elmtronics in order to offer a range of solutions for any sized business.  The Consett-based company is the UK’s largest independent supplier and installer of charging points, which have a variety of commercial benefits, from supporting an electric fleet to generating an income from public use.

EV Charging will become GAS’ 13th service area, all of which centre around reducing the variable costs that come with running a business.  The services include energy procurement and management; business water; merchant services; telecoms; business insurance; and more.

The new service was launched on 5 February 2019 with a presentation and EV test-driving day for staff at GAS’ headquarters in Seaham.  The event featured presentations by EV giants Tesla and Elmtronics, who provided an insight into future electronic transportation trends that could benefit businesses.

GAS Business Solutions Managers were introduced to the new technology and were treated to a look around the luxurious Tesla Model S.

Mark Jones, Associate Business Solutions Director (UKI) at GAS, said: “We’re encouraging our customers to think about their energy strategy as a whole and not just see it as an unavoidable cost.  Businesses should consider how the new technology emerging can be used for development and long-term cost reduction.

“We’ve seen legislation encouraging low carbon solutions for years now and it’s just the right thing to do.  But, when you couple this with access to Elmtronics’ first-class equipment and GAS’ cost reduction expertise, it becomes an opportunity with a harder business edge and a prospective revenue generator.

“I’d like to thank Elmtronics and Tesla, who have done a great job enthusing and educating our staff.  Both GAS and Elmtronics are national businesses with roots in County Durham and we’ve immediately struck up a good working relationship.

“We’ve received interest in the service already and we’re looking forward to contributing to the low-carbon future of business transportation in the UK.”

Dan Martin, CEO at Elmtronics, said: “We’re excited about this new partnership, which will give us another route to market.

“We’re finding that there’s a genuine desire for our service, which we successfully deliver on its own, but it also fits neatly into GAS’ strategic work with its clients.

“EVs are the future and our experience in both public and private sectors makes us the perfect partner to provide a quality option for any of GAS’ wide variety of clients.

“Our focus is on being an end-to-end solution, which makes the whole process from scoping to installation and servicing completely seamless.”