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. 


Posted: October 5 2015

Swain vehicles have featured in one of our key customers promotional YouTube clip demonstrating high quality solutions for the Road Construction industry. Click the link below to view.



Posted: October 2 2015

R Swain & Sons Ltd are delighted to announce that with effect from the 1st October 2015 the business has acquired the shares which includes the assets, vehicles, plant, and business of Gatwick Plant Ltd.

Gatwick Plant Ltd is a specialist plant and services company specialising in Airport infrastructure projects and has been in business for 36 years. The business currently operates 10 specialised rigid and artic Hiab vehicles with supporting plant and cranes as well as 2 consolidation warehouses. The business will retain the Gatwick Plant name, operating as a stand-alone company within the Swain Group and will be part of Swain Groups Special Projects Division.

Matthew Swain will be the Director responsible for the business as Director of Special Projects for The Swain Group. Commenting on the acquisition Matthew said…”This compliments our acquisition of Hallett Silbermann in 2014 and fits with the strategy of the Swain Group to acquire businesses in specialist transport sectors with the added value that this brings”…..”The Swain Group Special Projects fleet now totals 100 vehicles of various specifications to support all areas of industry”.  

The purchase includes the main 1.5 acre site at Horley, close to Gatwick. The business also has a lease on a warehouse at Crawley which has been transferred as part of the acquisition.

”This acquisition demonstrates our continued commitment to the transport industry and to R Swain & Sons Ltd. We welcome the Gatwick Plant team into The Swain Group family and very much look forward to working closely with the teams to further develop our Special Projects offering”, Paul Kavanagh, Managing Director The Swain Group.

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From Team Swain to Team England - Update

Posted: September 8 2015

Following last week’s news that one of our own, Rebecca ‘Boo’ Wadhams from our Rochester Depot, was participating in the Sainsbury’s 2015 UK School Games representing England U18s Ladies Rugby team…we are delighted to report that her team won the tournament finishing in top spot, collecting the prized gold medal.

“It was an amazing experience, especially the opening and closing ceremonies, beyond what we expected”….. “The event was a great opportunity to mingle with young sports people across all disciplines from the different UK nations.”…Boo explained.

She arrived at the office on Monday with Gold medal in-hand and was pleased to share the great news with colleagues.

”The high point was when the final whistle blew at the end of our last game vs rivals England South West. We won the match convincingly with a 22-10 score-line and were delighted to make the podium in the Gold medal position!”

So what’s next for Boo?...With England pro coaches watching the tournament, she hopes to have the opportunity to be selected for the Senior teams when the time comes.

We are all very pleased for Boo and the team and look forward to watching her progress with interest.

Swain Group supported the event by supplying the team with Energy drinks for the tournament.

For further information on the event, Rugby 7’s and the results, please follow the link: www.2015schoolgames.com

From Team Swain to Team England

Posted: August 28 2015

The Swain Group prides itself on teamwork, grit and determination to succeed. These qualities are also pivotal to success at top level sporting events, and we are very proud to be supporting one of our own; Rebecca Wadhams (also affectionately known as ‘Boo’), who will be participating in the forthcoming  Sainsbury’s 2015 UK School Games representing England U18s Ladies Rugby team in a four nations style tournament.

The Event is multi-disciplined across many sports, represented by ‘000’s of young people of school age and positioned as a mini-Olympics taking place between 3rd and 6th September at Manchester’s’ Armitage Centre.

“I’ve been playing Rugby since I was 5 and this is a truly exciting experience for me having not been involved with a tournament of this scale before. We have a solid team of 12 and the games are based on the ‘7’s’ format which is fast paced  and requires lots of energy. We are going into the games determined to take the top spot!”, says Rebecca.

England U18s Ladies Rugby team is represented by individuals from all over the country. Rebecca plays in the South East division for ‘South East Academy’ playing across various grounds from Hertfordshire to Kent. The sport is also divisionalised with teams represented from across the length and breadth of the UK, coming together at organized tournaments. The South East Academy team has had a successful track record, winning their last tournament held earlier this year in Birmingham as well as winning all their games so far this season...an enviable record for any sporting team…or business!

“Here at Swain, we have a strong track record of supporting young people in their endeavours. Many of our valued employees started at an early age and have worked for the company for many years, developing their careers along the way. Part of this success is attributed to encouraging sporting pursuits outside of work. We are delighted to be supporting ‘Boo’ in her endeavours and wish her and the England U18’s Rugby team every success in the tournament”, Bob Swain, Chairman

If you are interested in finding out more and supporting the event then tickets can be obtained through the following link: www.2015schoolgames.com

We will be following-up on Boo’s endeavours after the event so ‘watch this space’…

Herne Bay Carnival - Best Overall Entry

Posted: August 24 2015

We provided a vehicle and driver for use in Herne Bay Carnival 2015, which has been awarded best overall entry in the carnival.