In April 1989 a partnership was formed between Ian Clark, Kevin Clark, and Paul Marden
to purchase a Dealership site in Highcliffe, Dorset. On this site was attached a
small Accident Repair Centre with an annual turnover of £300,000 and seven staff.
Paul Marden and Ian Clark were appointed joint Managing Directors to control and
expand the Accident Repair division along the South Coast into Hampshire and Sussex.
The companies’ excellent reputation for customer service and the commitment of the
Directors and staff has enabled the Company to expand and gain recognition as one
of the leading Accident Repair Groups in the UK.
The Seward Accident Repair Group now have a turnover of circa £16,000,000, employ
220 staff and repair 15,000 vehicles a year covering the areas of Poole, Bournemouth,
Southampton, Portsmouth and Brighton.
Due to our excellent working relationship with major Insurance Companies and Accident
Management Companies Seward are committed to continuing their growth and enhancing
the reputation of the Company.
SEWARD ARC is committed to the ecologically sound and sustainable use of resources
and strives to operate in a manner which minimises waste and protects the environment.
• All SEWARD ARC operations are to comply with statutory requirements. Any statutory
requirements are minimum standards to be exceeded where management considers it necessary
• SEWARD ARC will regularly monitor its environmental performance and ensure that
the support functions exist to effectively maintain and improve environmental standards.
• Environmental care is of equal importance to every other facet of SEWARD ARC management
• SEWARD ARC will continue to promote individual commitment to safe and environmentally
responsible behaviour through the training, educating and informing all staff.
It is recognised that the success of this environmental policy ultimately lies with
the commitment and dedication of all SEWARD ARC employees. Accordingly, management
at all levels is to actively encourage the implementation of these broad principles
in their area of business activity and ensure that the environmental management procedures
of SEWARD ARC are observed.
SEWARD ARC is fully committed to providing a healthy and safe working environment
for its employees and anyone else involved in its work activities, and will take
all reasonably practical steps to provide and maintain safe systems of work throughout
all of its undertakings. We will strive to achieve continuous improvements in health
and safety performance so as to contribute to the well-being of our employees and
the overall efficiency and profitability of the organisation.
SEWARD ARC considers that health and safety should be an integral component of all
management systems and that meaningful communication and co-operation between management
and employees is essential for the achievement of the highest standards in health
and safety at work.
It is accepted that ultimate responsibility lies with the Board of Directors. However,
the company’s disposition is such that the planning, organisation, control and monitoring
of health and safety are delegated to the Group Process Manager, Regional Directors
and Site Managers, with specialist advice being made available where necessary. The
Directors and Managers of each region or site are required to:-
• Establish and maintain a workplace which is, so far as is reasonably practical,
healthy and safe to ensure that employees, visitors and the environment are not exposed
to risks arising from business activities.
• Provide employees with adequate supervision, information and training so that they
are aware of workplace hazards, know the importance of reporting or eliminating hazards
and can fulfil their duties safely without risk to themselves, their colleagues or
anyone else affected by work activities.
• Consult with employees on matters affecting their health and safety and encourage
them to bring to the attention of management any proposals for the improvement of
health and safety standards.
• Ensure adequate records are maintained with regard to: risk assessments, employee
training, work equipment inspections and fire procedures, and that these are readily
available for inspection by enforcing authority officials.
• Ensure that continual attention is paid to the provision of health and safety information,
supervision and training for all employees.
SEWARD ARC firmly believes that a progressive improvement in health and safety standards
can only be achieved through a constant development, implementation and review of
health and safety policies and procedures. A healthy and safe workplace, however,
will only exist if employees accept responsibility for their own health and safety
and for the health and safety of other persons who may be affected by their work
activities. We should all work as a team to raise awareness of the need for health
and safety at work and to ensure that health and safety procedures and policies are
SEWARD ARC Is committed to making sure that the activities of the company are safe
for employees and non-employees. The company will do all that is reasonably practicable
to ensure a safe and healthy working environment and safe working methods.