This year marks the 10th anniversary of SAAF Education! In this article, we look back on what we’ve accomplished, and what we hope to accomplish in the future.
We’re grateful for where we are today and couldn’t have done it without our clients, family and friends.
Some of you have been with us since day one – so might remember our early days in operation!
We started out in 2012, offering bespoke finance services to schools, academies and trusts.
Our aim, which still drives our collective vision today, was to provide our clients with an exceptional service that saved them time, money and resource, so they could focus on education and pupil care. By giving our clients this time back, we were reassured that the next generation of pupils received the best teaching support.
Post-inception, we started working with many clients – and witnessed rapid organic expansion. Our clients started recommending us to others, and this resulted in 70% of our business coming from word-of-mouth referrals!
Reflecting on today
Building on our early success, we quickly expanded our team and service offering.
Utilising the input from our clients and experts in the education industry, we went from offering one service to an array of services! Over time we have robustly developed our core finance, payroll and supply offering and are now proud to serve over 500 clients.
As our service offering expanded, so did the need for more expertise. We now employ over 45 staff across 4 teams – and have four office locations in Nottingham, Leeds, Hull and London.
Looking ahead to the future
After a decade, we’re only just getting started! Everything we do at SAAF is with our clients in mind. We’ll continue to listen and engage with our clients so we can deliver the best service possible.
Over the years, we have strengthened our internal structure and external offering, which will enable us to continue to expand in the future.
A heartfelt thank you to all our clients for all your support over the last 10 years. We couldn’t be happier that you’re part of our community. We look forward to celebrating all we’ve accomplished together in 2032.
A word from our partners
Andi Brown - “Where have those 10 years gone? I’m so proud of the company we have established, on our 10th birthday it is amazing to see the core values that we started with all those years ago are shared by our amazing and talented team today. #TeamSAAF are the ones who make the business the success that it is today, to all of you both past and present, I personally can’t thank you enough.
A huge thank you also to all of the CEO’s, Head Teachers, CFO’s, School Business Managers and Office Staff who have championed our services over the years, an extra special one to those who put their faith in us way back in 2012, many of whom we still support today!
SAAF has grown from 2 people with an ambition to a team of 45, we now support over 500 schools helping to maximise their resources and focus on pupil welfare and attainment.
The last decade has been an incredible journey and one I love travelling every single day… I can’t wait to see what challenges and opportunities the next 10 years will bring!”
Su Johal – “Just over 10 years ago we had a lightbulb moment, this led Andi and I to set up a business service with the shared ambition to provide exceptional support services for schools and academies. Over the last 10 years we have grown from an outfit of two, to a national company, providing a multitude of services for our clients. The journey has at times been hard, but it has also been truly rewarding. I would like to thank our employees for sharing the vision and their hard work and our clients for their continued trust in our services. I am so proud of what SAAF has achieved and I am excited for the next 10 years!!”
Matt Lydon - “As a relative new comer to the SAAF family I am really proud to be part of a growing team of people that are passionate about what we do. To be able to see first hand how hard our people work to deliver the best result for our clients is amazing. We would be nothing without the hard work and dedication of our team members, and I have absolute trust in them being able to deliver our values and ethos for many years to come”
Domanique Beckford - “On SAAF’s 10th company anniversary, I would like to thank all of our clients for their support and trust throughout the years, this has been the biggest driver towards our continued growth and motivates us to continuously improve our services. Cheers to the next 10 Years of success!!”