Dorset and Wiltshire-based Westover Group is now part of the Hendy Group, which has become one of the largest dealership networks in the country.

The deal, for an undisclosed sum, takes Hendy into the £1bn turnover range, with 2,000 employees and businesses spread from from Exeter to Eastbourne.

Hendy this year celebrates its 160th anniversary.

After the acquisition, Hendy Group now operates 26 franchises from 83 outlets and reinforces the group’s portfolio in Dorset and Wiltshire, a new car store will also be added in Ferndown later this year.

Westover chairman Peter Wood said: “After more than 50 years in the motor industry, I have decided that it is time to bow out. Westover has been my passion now for more than 40 years and to find a suitable company to take it over which has the same ethos of looking after its staff and customers has not been easy.”

Pictured: Paul Hendy.

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