Posted: April 22 2016

This week has seen the renewal of The Swain Groups FORS Gold certification for 2016-17. The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme is one of the most prominent accreditations that a road haulier can achieve, demonstrating high levels of safety, security, training, process and importantly; compliance. The standards range from Bronze and Silver to Gold.

FORS Gold demands that vehicles are kitted out with forward and rear facing cameras, vehicle turning 'squak' boxes, advanced driver taining and fully auditable pocesses, both in terms of driving and office procedures.

Swain has been a Gold standard operator for 3 years and has benefitted greatly from the accolade. A large proportion of our customers require that we have this accreditation to service their business. This is typically synonymous with the Construction industry where we operate a large number of vehicles daily into challenging sites across the UK, often in major cities with extremely tight access and delivery windows. Although FORS is generally seen as a London centric requirement, we fully expect this to be rolled-out across other Metropolitain areas....Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Bristol.....we are prepared! Today we operate for many of the large Tier#1 Construction companies and their suppliers servicing many of the foremost construction projects in the UK.

The FORS Gold certification compliments other investments Swain continue to make in compliance which includes CLOCS, Crossrail, and SUDS (the Safe Urban Driving Scheme) where all of our drivers are required to undertake a cycling skills test to highlight the dangers of driving in major urban areas where cyclists are numerous and a constant risk.

Dennison Trailers build 20 new platform trailers for The Swain Group

Posted: February 14 2016

The Swain Group are proud to announce that we have purchased 20 new platform trailers that are currently being built to our specification by Dennison Trailers. These will be added to our already diverse fleet of trailers.

2015 has been a big year for the fifth generation company who have already invested heavily in new vehicles purchasing twenty tractor units in March 2015 with another twenty-five due in the first quarter of 2016.  This latest purchase comes after much thought and research into the type of trailers they needed to augment their range. 

Peter Ham, Workshop and Fleet General Manager explained “To create the diversity of vehicles, trailers and equipment available for our customers, we knew we needed to procure a good stock of new, highly specified trailers. We researched the market place at length before making the decision to use Dennison and chose them because of their history and standards and felt we would get the best service from them. 

Happy New Year!!

Posted: January 1 2016

Happy New Year to all our valued customers and followers. 2015 was a great year and we are already working hard to ensure 2016 will grow to exceed everyone’s expectations. We have many exciting projects launching this year so watch this space! We had a very busy run into Christmas and a number of special projects being handled over the holiday period..…including Christmas Day and Boxing Day! We are here 24/7/365 to service your needs. Please do not hesitate to contact any of the team should you have an enquiry. Wishing you and your families and happy and healthy 2016. From all at The Swain Group.

Additions to the fleet…

Posted: November 24 2015

Two DAF XF 105 units have been added to The Swain Group’s bulk powder traction unit operation. Vehicles 548 and 549 are formally due to go on the road in the New Year. Andrew Swain, Director, suggested that “the new XF’s shall be a welcome addition to the ever expanding operation”. View our Gallery or Social Media sites for photo's!

Race of Champions 2015 – London Olympic Park

Posted: November 24 2015

The Swain Group proudly provided the necessary vehicles and trailers to remove the race track crash barriers for the international motorsport event, Race of Champions, on behalf of our customer Spadeoak Ltd. The event took place on the weekend of 21st/22nd of November. This consisted of 17 loads in and out of the London Olympic Stadium, totalling a whopping 476000Kg of concrete segments. These all had to be done under strict time constraints and to schedule. The Race of Champions features some of the world's best racing and rally drivers. It is the only competition in the world where stars from Formula One, World Rally Championship, IndyCar, NASCAR, sports cars and touring cars compete against each other, going head-to-head in identical cars. Our customer was pleased with our performance and our ability to complete all loads ahead of schedule, thanks to our versatile and comprehensive fleet of vehicles and trailers. Visit our social media pages for photo's of the event!

ROC London 2015 - Timelapse Video

We are proud to be supporting Kent County Councils “ONE ROAD FOR ALL” campaign

Posted: October 6 2015

As part of our desire to improve road safety, The Swain Group is delighted to be supporting Kent County Council and partners “ONE ROAD FOR ALL” event through supplying a tractor unit at the ‘exchanging places’ stand. 
The event takes place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October in Canterbury High Street and has been commissioned to help deliver Kent County Council’s strategy of increasing awareness of cycling safety and steps that cyclists can take to improve their wellbeing on the road.
“We are very passionate about road safety and have invested heavily in technology advancements across our vehicle fleet to enable both drivers and cyclists alike to reduce risks on the road”…said Matthew Sweet, Swain Group’s Commercial Director.
“By placing a vehicle at the event, members of the public will have the opportunity to see what challenges our drivers face on a daily basis to ensure the utmost safety to other road users…..We have a strong background in supporting road safety initiatives ranging from vehicle demonstrations to donating high-viz tabards to local primary schools….our team are looking forward to speaking with everyone at the upcoming event”…said Matthew.
Partners of ONE ROAD FOR ALL are: Dr Bike, Canterbury City Council, Kent Police, The Swain Group and Kent Fire and Rescue Service.