History

The Sewell
story so far...

1876

Fred Sewell and his gang working on Sutton Chapel in East Hull.

1905

F Sewell & Son was formed with son Herbert.
Over in West Hull, Robert Sewell was selling fruit from a handcart to feed his family of 20.

1960

Robert Sewell’s son, Ron, grew the fruit handcart business to half a dozen grocers in Hull and York.

1978

Having met at Leeds University, Paul, son of Roger the grocer, and Dennis, son of Doug, joined the building firm and Sewell Construction was born.

1980

Sutton village station in East Hull was acquired by Sewell Construction. Five years later, Sewell built the new Sutton service station next to the Sutton bypass.

1980s

Sewell donated nearly half the year’s profit to Castle Hill Hospital in East Yorkshire for vital operating theatre equipment. Over 30 years on, the legacy of giving back continues.

1990

Sewell Group became a Private Limited Company.
The firm moved to Geneva Way in East Hull.

Sewell Construction built Dove House Hospice, which was opened by the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

1994

Sewell formed a Facilities Management joint venture, The FMP Group.

1996

Sewell gained Investors in People status and the quality standard BS 5750 accreditation. Both were regional firsts.

1998

Paul’s son, Patrick, formed Sewell Retail and added the Maybury and Southcoates sites to its portfolio.

1999

Sewell Construction began a 15-year estates partnership with BAE systems in Brough, East Yorkshire.

Sewell, Hull City Council and the Deputy Prime Minister opened Victoria Dock Primary School, the first UK PFI school.

2002

Sewell built Age Concern, the UK’s first older person’s healthy living centre.

Sewell Retail acquired Ferriby service station on the M62 east bound corridor.

2003

The day nursery next to Victoria Dock Primary School was acquired and Little Learners was born.

2004

Sewell brought the Yorkshire International Business Convention (YIBC) to Hull.

Sewell partnered with City of York Council to develop and maintain Hob Moor Children’s Centre, St Barnabas CE Primary School and St Oswald’s CE Primary School.

Sewell developed Preston Road Village Centre.

2005

Sewell was intrinsic in the creation of Humber Business Week.

2005-2013

Following a procurement process, Sewell, NHS Hull and UME formed Hull Citycare Ltd. Since then, the partnership has transformed the primary care estate in Hull.

2007&2008

Sewell Retail acquired the Cottingham, Chanterlands, Wyton Bar, Pocklington, Holderness and Willerby filling stations.

2009

Sewell entered the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work for listing.

Sewell Retail won UK Forecourt Trader of the Year.

Sewell formed a partnership with young people’s charity CatZero.

Sewell formed Hull Esteem Consortium, a public private partnership to regenerate schools.

21 schools
£516m local economic impact
500+ apprenticeships

 

2010

The Sewell Studio & Skills Academy was created.

1500 students engaged
employability skills
6 sample trades

2010 & 2011

Sewell again became a top 10 ‘Sunday Times Best Company to Work For’.

2011

Patrick Sewell joined the Association of Convenience Stores Board and was later appointed Vice Chair.

Paul Sewell was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Hull and an OBE from her Majesty the Queen.

2012

Sewell invested in and created a new public private partnership, Shared Agenda Solutions.

Dennis retired. Paul became sole owner.

2013

Sewell Retail transformed its A63 westbound branch into Hull West Service Station as part of a multi-million pound programme of store improvements. The company re-branded to Sewell on the go.

Citycare and Sewell Facilities Management won the national Building Better Healthcare ‘FM Provider of the Year’ award.

Sewell invested in a new consultancy, Sewell Commercial Safety.

2014

Sewell picked up its 10th award in 8 years from Considerate Constructors. An academic journal of Sewell’s Construction Excellence was published.

2014 & 2015

Sewell formed further and higher education estates partnerships in Leeds and Hull.

2015

Continuing its support for young people, Sewell transformed the Skills Academy into the Tommy Coyle Academy.

The Esteem framework was utilised to get Hull ready for the UK City of Culture 2017.

Sewell was listed as the 12th biggest company in the Humber region and reached 400 employees.

Sewell on the go made further investments in its estate with the redevelopment of Maybury and South Cave service stations.

Construction transformed the Grade II listed Print Hall into a world class library and learning space for Leeds City College.

2016

“Hull’s ambition for its year as UK City of Culture is huge and we aim to deliver a cultural programme that will leave a lasting legacy on the City.”

Martin Green
CEO & Director
Hull 2017

Sewell on the go won Forecourt Trader of the Year 2016, winning six awards overall.

MD of Sewell on the go, Patrick Sewell becomes Chairman of the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

Sewell on the go open three Subway stores in the South Cave, Chanterlands Avenue and Cottingham fuel and convenience stores.

West Yorkshire office opens as part of the group’s growth in the Yorkshire region.