Events & Festivals - Think “Swain” for all your logistical requirements
Posted: March 13 2017
The Swain Group has been supporting the delivery of equipment and structures to the events industry for many decades. We have supported most of the UKs prominent sporting, commercial and entertainment events run smoothly through our partnership with customers as well as careful logistical planning and execution.
We have delivered stages, structures, seating, flooring, rigging, cabins, modular buildings and indeed toilet facilities for some of the most high-profile events as well as for a vast array of smaller community and commercial events. Our highly skilled operations and project management teams work closely with our clients to consider every aspect of deliveries to sites and also return or onward delivery of equipment to the next event. We provide a partnership you can rely on.
Our team is here to give you the peace of mind and confidence to deliver a successful event.
We have delivered the following equipment amongst many other things…
- Overlay Structures
- Barriers & Fencing
- Temporary buildings
- Film & Media Structures & equipment
- 100 Years in the transport industry
- Proven track record with supporting the events industry for many decades
- A large and varied group fleet, 500 vehicles and 700 trailers
- UK-wide depot structure to support standing equipment between events
- Small access vehicles including Hiabs and Moffetts
- Crane management where required including full risk assessment and appointed persons
- Strategically placed depots in the North, Midlands and South
- Ability to provide significant short term capacity during the peak season
- Excellent communication and flexible approach
We look forward to hearing from you soon, we are happy to discuss your requirements over the phone or meet you in person at your offices or on the relevant sites if need be:
Contact us for further information and to discuss your specific requirements.
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.”
ACQUISITION OF JEFFREY’S HAULAGE
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.
OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE
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
FORS GOLD STATUS RENEWED
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.