Hendy Group has proven it's a great place to work after welcoming two new members to its '25 Year Club'.
The club brings together loyal employees who have worked for the automotive group for 25 years or more, and the new additions bring its number of members to an impressive 104.
To celebrate, Hendy rewarded members of the growing social set with a glittering evening of entertainment at Hever Castle in Kent. Members new and old were treated to a drinks reception, tour and music from a string quartet.
Chief executive Paul Hendy said: "Our friendly and motivated staff are key to our success so it's important to us to reward them for their loyalty. I am immensely proud that such a high percentage of our workforce want to stay here for decades!"
New members to the 25 Year Club include Karen Ackerman, a member of the business centre in Swanwick, and Tony Lane, who works in parts operations in Eastleigh.
For Tony, working for Hendy is a family affair. His brother has worked for the company for 35 years and his two sons also work for the automotive group.
The 57-year-old, who lives in nearby Chandlers Ford, said: "It was a great evening and nice to be rewarded for long service. I think other than the Hendy family themselves our family has the longest-standing service to the company. If you enjoy your job, why move?"
Karen, who started as a part time receptionist, added: "25 years has gone in a blink. I think what makes it a great place to work is the fact that it's a family business. All of the directors are so friendly and approachable and everyone knows everyone. It's like a big extended family."
Hendy Group has a high percentage of staff who have served with the company for a decade or more. It forecasts that 15% of its staff will have racked up 25 years of service or more by 2022. Good training and benefits, staff development prospects and the fact it is family-run are some of the factors to which the family business attributes its high staff retention.
Paul Hendy added: "We believe our customers get the very best service from a happy and motivated team. That's exactly what we've created and we're delighted that the 25 Year Club is quickly becoming the least exclusive club!"
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