The first of these celebrations was a special centenary dinner for our 20-year service club members. Members of this exclusive club are made up of Gates employees from across the group who have been with the company for more than 20 years. They have made a significant contribution to our success and to recognise the loyalty demonstrated by them, we invite them to be part of the Gates 20 Year Service Club.
This January, to celebrate their contribution to 100 years of Gates excellence, a celebration gala dinner was held at Hanbury Manor. This has become something of a Gates tradition since 1975 when the inaugural dinner took place.Directors and employees joined together to raise a toast to Frank G. Gates, who founded the nucleus of our business back in 1918. An aspirational man, Frank had returned from serving in World War I with an entrepreneurial spirit. With the help of his father, Frank set about establishing a career in automobile sales, service and repair. In 1920, he was appointed as one of the first Ford Authorised dealers, opening a showroom in South Woodford and never looked back.
Through the 1930s, the Gates business was overseen by many of the Gates family members including Frank’s brother Harold Gates and later, Frank’s son Edward and Harold’s son Bryan. One hundred years on, we’ve been through many changes, but Frank Gates’ legacy continues, with a business that still retains the family sentiment Frank had when it started. And we go from strength to strength.
The celebrations will continue throughout 2020 so that we can share our success with the people who have made it possible - our valued customers and superb staff. Across all of our dealerships in Harlow, Stevenage, St Albans, Woodford Green, Bishop's Stortford, Enfield, Hertford and Potters Bar, we plan to connect and celebrate with our customers to mark this momentous occasion.
Expect more news and updates about events that will be happening throughout the year over the coming weeks. And don’t forget that you are always welcome at your nearest Gates Ford dealership.