Hendy Group is a family-run motor dealership group founded in 1859.

The company’s reach stretches from Kent through East Sussex and Surrey, into West Sussex and along the South Coast to Devon, with its head office at Eastleigh in Hampshire.

The company supplies and services vehicles from 11 manufacturers: Ford, Kia, Honda, Mazda, MG, Iveco, Renault, SEAT, Dacia, Suzuki and Isuzu.

Across its 29 sites Hendy offers a comprehensive service including sales, servicing and repairs as well as many specialist operations and accident assistance.

Hendy has a state-of-the-art training academy for new recruits and existing staff, through which it supports careers advancement within the automotive industry.

Hendy Group is currently working on creating new opportunities across its portfolio and is close to completing a new 3,530m2 multi-dealer showroom site in Eastleigh.

Tunbridge Wells is a strong market area for Hendy and represents a key focus for future growth following the acquisition of Lifestyle Group in 2016. This was a major investment which has transformed the business and provides a platform for future growth.
 
Rationalisation and investment in the business is necessary for its future success and growth. This is only feasible through investment in a new centralised hub location. Tunbridge Wells represents the logical and preferred focal point for future growth and expansion of the business within West Kent.

Old Hendy Group showroom

Hendy’s operation includes the Mount Ephraim site, which has been identified by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council as a location for future residential redevelopment. However, this is dependent on a suitable relocation site for the motor dealership business.

The Hendy Group has been seeking to identify a suitable alternative site which can accommodate multiple car franchises and other associated facilities, and provide a home for  180 jobs across a broad range of skillsets including management, sales, technicians and apprentices.

Hendy engaged commercial property consultants LSH, LDA Architects and planning consultants ShrimplinBrown to identify a suitable relocation site within the Tunbridge Wells area. The Pembury Road site has been identified as an ideal location to create a new Hendy Regional Hub, providing a focal point for future growth and expansion of the business. It would also provide opportunities to upgrade the operation to meet current manufacturers’ requirements and to expand the overall local business, thereby creating over 50 new full-time equivalent jobs.

Old Hendy showroom