Starry-eyed firm to expand further
THE Sewell Group has once again secured its three-star status as an "extraordinary" company to work for.
This news was revealed at the Sewell Group's 2013 Convention Week launch yesterday. This is a week-long programme of events and activities aimed at celebrating the company's successes last year and outlining plans for this year.
The Sewell Group is one of Hull's best-known and most successful family businesses.
Each year, Best Companies surveys staff from participating organisations. The results are used to compile lists of the 100 top companies in each category, as published in The Sunday Times.
Companies can choose to take part in the employment survey without being put forward for the Times Top 100, which is what Sewell Group has done.
This is the fourth year the Group has retained its three-star status.
Managing director Paul Sewell said this year, the business will look to expand its working area into the whole of the Humber area and into North Yorkshire, as well as continuing to work on the Building Schools For The Future programme.
Mr Sewell said: "We want to take what we do well in Hull and the East Riding further.
"This year is going to be a good year for the Sewell Group.
"It is hilly out there but there is one way to approach a hill, you attack it and you drive at it.
"That is what we are going to do."
The Group, which recently relaunched its retail brand, Sewell On The Go, is also set to launch further Sewell companies over the coming weeks.
Mr Sewell said: "What we think we do really well is find innovative solutions and so we are looking to expand that to new partners.
"It is the family companies that are driving on and that is important.
"When I look at our success over the past ten to 15 years, it has been about our culture.
"We know who we want to be and who we are.
"It is not easy but we will trust our culture and the loyalty of our customers."
Chairman of Hull Esteem Consortium Richard King was the guest speaker at the Convention Week breakfast launch at the Sewell Studio in Geneva Way.
Mr King said that when a company of the Sewell Group size (about 350 employees) gets into the top-ten of Britain's best companies to work for, it really is a big deal.
He said: "I am rapidly learning that there is a lot more to Sewell than just great buildings.
"It really is exceptional."
The company has consistently been voted onto the Sunday Times Top 100 companies to work for, thanks to its robust employee engagement programme. The fact the Sewell Group has now been informed it has retained its three-star "extraordinary" status from Best Companies, suggests it would have retained its top ten status.
This week, employees have the chance to find out what their colleagues in different parts of the business have achieved and Convention Week will be rounded off with the Sewell Star Awards – an evening of celebration.
The evening will be a chance for Sewell Group directors to go into different areas of the business and learn more about what their colleagues do.