Hendy Group joins the Gateway Club and backs the City’s bid


13 Jun, 2021

“Hendy Group has been an integral part of Southampton since we set up our first shop in East Street in 1865 and Southampton continues to be hugely important for the group,” said Hendy Group Chief Executive Paul Hendy.

Hendy in Southampton became Britain’s first Ford dealer in 1910 and the company has grown to be one of the UK’s leading motor groups and now represents 21 motor manufacturers across the south coast. It also operates award-winning car stores and is a specialist in the van and truck business.

“We have dealt with so many business and private customers from the city over the years and seen the city grow and thrive,” added Paul. “We are delighted to be supporting Southampton as it bids to become the UK’s City of Culture for 2025 and are committed to working closely with the Gateway Club, its members and everyone involved in the bid to ensure that the city’s rich history, its amazing culture and its drive for the future are seen by people around the world.”

Gemma Nichols, Southampton 2025 UK City of Culture Commercial & Marketing Director added:

“We are delighted to welcome Hendy Group to our Gateway Club membership. Hendy Group plays a huge role in the heritage of Southampton and has always shown a key commitment to our community. Having them onboard as a member of our Gatway Club really helps us to reflect the importance of heritage, not only through our cultural assets but also our businesses as well. The business community plays a vital role in the success of our bid to become UK City of Culture. Through the platform of the Gateway Club we see the worlds of both business and culture come together to initative change, opportunity and growth for the city The Gateway Club was launched in April of this year, and has been created by the Trust to bring the worlds of business and culture together, in order to support Southampton’s bid to become UK City of Culture for 2025. The business club model will enable business to connect, create and collaborate against a backdrop of culture.  Business support and investment is a key element to the successful delivery of the city’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2025.”