Northampton Saints can today confirm that the GRS Group is extending its relationship with the Club and will keep its branding on playing shirts for the next three years.
The materials trading experts are long-standing supporters of the Saints, with the partnership first blossoming over a decade ago. The GRS logo initially appeared on the Black, Green & Gold jersey in the 2015/16 season for Aviva Premiership and European matches.
Expanding to more than 50 depots and operations nationwide following recent acquisitions, GRS has become the UK’s largest independent trader and handler of construction aggregates, waste materials and associated services to the construction industry.
GRS has supplied many of Britain’s high-profile infrastructure projects, and in 2017 was among the highest climbers in the Sunday Times’ Top Track 250 growth companies.
As well as appearing on the club’s playing shirts, as an elite sponsor GRS’ striking ‘we go beyond’ brand will feature in a wide range of printed and online media.
“As a company with local roots, many people at GRS have a great fondness for the Saints, and the feeling is certainly mutual,” said Saints CEO Mark Darbon.
“We are firm believers in extending and developing our long-standing relationships at Franklin’s Gardens, and having held a box here for a number of years as well as sponsoring various players and events, the GRS Group is one of our most committed supporters.
“I’m delighted our partnership is being extended so we can continue to represent GRS on the pitch, as we do the entire town of Northampton, to the very best of our ability.”
As part of the partnership GRS will also receive a suite of commercial rights including stadium branding, advertising and access to a corporate hospitality box.
GRS chairman Martin Hill added: “We’ve been supporters of the Saints for many years, but I’m still as proud as ever to see the success of our relationship with the Club, and the players running out at Franklin’s Gardens wearing our logo.
“The club is heading in a very exciting direction, aiming to become the best club side in Europe both on and off the field, and we are excited to remain a part of that ambition.
“We’re looking forward to working closely with Saints again over at least the next three years, and I hope we can complement them on the next stage of their journey.”
Tickets are now available for Saints' Anglo-Welsh Cup clash with Harlequins from the ticket office at Franklin’s Gardens, online by visiting bit.ly/SAI-QUI-AWC or by calling the Saints Ticket Office on 01604 581000.