The Swain Group delivers logistics support for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital’s BBC DIY SOS

Posted: November 15 2016

London, 15th November 2016: Logistics expert, The Swain Group were proud to support the BBC’s DIY SOS programme that showed the team building a rooftop garden at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital - one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals.

The challenge for Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team was to transport a gold medal-winning garden from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show across London, crane it over buildings and rebuild it on the hospital’s roof. The aim of the project was to give patients and their families access to a calming, private space within the hospital that could provide them with welcome respite. 

From a logistics perspective the project was equally challenging, with a requirement to transfer 2,000 plants, and full-grown hedges and trees to an inaccessible rooftop site. The DIY SOS team contacted The Swain Group for help, and the company was proud to support the project with its specialist logistics skills.

“To assist with the move we deployed three of our 26-tonne flatbed vehicles to transfer the garden across Central London from the Chelsea Flower Show site to the Great Ormond Street Hospital site in Bloomsbury. We also supported the DIY SOS team in the run-up to the move by helping to deliver all the goods for the prep work for the hospital rooftop,” commented The Swain Group’s Commercial Director, Matthew Sweet. “We were proud to contribute towards the success of the project, mobilizing the right HGV vehicles and expert staff to ensure the complex transfer was completed safely and on time.

“DIY SOS did an amazing job in terms of creating such a valuable new facility for GOSH patients and their families,” he added, “so we were especially proud that a number of patients’ parents took the time to personally thank the Swain team for our contribution to the project. Now that the garden is fully installed, we hope it continues to provide a tranquil location during difficult times for the entire Great Ormond Street Hospital family.”

The programme is currently available on BBC iPlayer

The Swain Group’s powerful logistics capability helps The Toy Store move on time and below budget

Posted: November 8 2016

All product and shop fittings removed from London Oxford Street store and shipped to Middle East – just 3 weeks from sales enquiry to project completion

Experienced Swain logistics team completed project ahead of time and below budget

London, 8th October 2016: Relocating retail operations can be complicated at the best of times. However, when the requirement is to remove and ship the entire contents of a major 23,000 sq. ft. store from London’s Oxford Street to the Middle East, things – inevitably – become much more complex.

This was the challenge facing major international retailer The Toy Store when it decided to vacate its Central London store - above Bond Street tube station – and relocate the entire operation, including all stock, fixtures and fittings, to Dubai in the Middle East. The Toy Store entrusted this responsibility to logistics specialists  The Swain Group, who were able to manage the entire project – from initial sales enquiry through to project completion – delivering on time and below budget within just three weeks.

Chris Ashton who headed up the project on behalf of The Toy Store said: “We knew we needed a professional managed services operation to co-ordinate the packing, shipping and international relocation of our entire London operation to Dubai. The Swain Group was recommended to me and a representative was on site within just 24 hours to provide a detailed specification and removal plan. Impressively, The Swain Group had considered the logistical challenges related to our location on one of London’s busiest streets – particularly given the large volumes of stock that needed moving. 

“The Swain Group not only provided a competitive quote, but also underpinned its proposal with a comprehensive services offering – from an initial site survey through to detailed guidance on shipping requirements, packaging and transport equipment, and on-site project management” continued Chris. “ Their attention to detail, experience, strong communication and responsiveness was essential to ensure the project ran smoothly. This was delivered seamlessly and in the end - below budget. I would not hesitate to recommend the Swain team for similar challenging projects in this and other sectors”.

Matthew Sweet, Swain’s Commercial Director added: “From receipt of the initial call we were asked to undertake a quantity survey of the site and review access to support and manage overnight removal at Oxford Street of all the stock and shop fittings, provide all packaging materials, pallets and handling equipment, retrieve back to warehouse for short term storage and load into containers for onward international shipping - all within a 3 week timeframe. Relocation Logistics is an area where Swain can use our logistics experience, international capabilities, specialised equipment, project management and man power to organise and deliver a project like this efficiently.”


Posted: July 18 2016

We are delighted to announce that with effect from the 15th July 2016, R Swain & Sons Ltd have acquired the shares which include the assets, vehicles, workshops and business of Jeffrey’s Haulage Co Ltd.

This is a great acquisition that fits with the company strategy to acquire businesses operating in appropriate growth sectors. The Jeffrey’s operation will complement our existing depot structure, further strengthening our position in the Midlands.

We will be retaining the Jeffrey’s Haulage name and it will operate as a stand-alone company within the Swain Group operating as part of our Logistics Division.


Posted: June 17 2016

The Swain Group have managed office space available at both our Rochester and Manchester locations. Various size options are available and can be taken as a standalone arrangement or combined with warehouse space to support your business. A number of our customers have taken this route to lower cost overheads and enabling them to be close to their product and the team to manage the supply chain.

Our Rochester depot is located next to the M2 on the main arterial route to Europe, 1 hour from Dover and Folkestone and 15 minutes from the M25. The office is also a short walk from the mainline train stations of Strood and Rochester for easy access to London and the UK rail network.

The Manchester depot is conveniently located in Worsley next to the A580 East Lancs Road, within easy reach of the M6, M62 and M60.

All offices can be configured to suit your needs and various packages can be considered.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information and to discuss your specific requirements.


Tel: (01634) 733 395


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.