Hen­rys Ssangy­ong moved from lock-ups to great value 4x4s

The Oban Times - - Motors -

CUS­TOMERS in Ar­gyll and Bute have pro­vided many in­quiries for Glas­gow fam­ily fi rm Hen­rys, which opened it ‘garage doors’ in the 1920s. The hum­ble be­gin­nings for the busi­ness are a far cry from its cur­rent three-site op­er­a­tion re­tail­ing SsangY­ong, Honda and Skoda. Dealer prin­ci­pal Gra­ham Henry, 47, whose role is to over­see the day to day op­er­a­tion of the SsangY­ong site, told

The Oban Times: ‘It all started way back in Glas­gow’s West End in 1927 with the com­pany let­ting out lock-up garages be­fore mov­ing into ve­hi­cle ser­vic­ing and lat­terly sales.’ Along the road to sell­ing SsangY­ong, ar­guably the 21st cen­tury’s best value ve­hi­cles, part­ner­ships had been formed with, among other man­u­fac­tur­ers in the past, Austin Mor­ris and BMW. Hen­rys took on the Glas­gow Honda fran­chise in 1980, open­ing a pur­pose-built site on Tit­wood Road, Glas­gow, and in 1998 added Skoda at Maxwell Road. This moved a decade later in 2008 to Kyle Street, be­com­ing the top UK Skoda deal­er­ship and was fur­ther en­hanced two years ago with a ma­jor refurbishment. Gra­ham added: ‘It has al­ways been a fam­ily con­cern. Mum and dad are still very much in­volved to­day. ‘My dad, Alex, 76, still comes in every­day although we do try to tell him that he should maybe go home a bit ear­lier. ‘My brother, Bruce, heads up the three sites and my sis­ter, Grace, is in­volved in the ac­counts and HR de­part­ments.’ In ad­di­tion to be­ing a fam­ily busi­ness, many em­ploy­ees have been with the fi rm for many years. Gra­ham said: ‘Joe, who works in sales at SsangY­ong, started off valet­ing cars and has been with us 31 years and his col­league, Jamie Hay, has been with Hen­rys for 14 years. ‘Over­all the fi rm em­ploys more than 100 peo­ple.’ Gra­ham added: ‘Peo­ple like to buy where they feel com­fort­able and the fact that SsangY­ong’s sales are con­tin­u­ing to grow proves that our close-knit team’s ap­proach to cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion must be work­ing.’ Gra­ham con­tin­ued: ‘We hope to at­tract many new cus­tomers from Ar­gyll and Bute as we feel that the SsangY­ong range, with its ex­cel­lent build qual­ity, high spec­i­fi­ca­tion and five years lim­it­less mileage war­ranty is par­tic­u­larly suited to the area.’

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