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Benedict Tufnell

Henley Royal Regatta unveils Official Partners for first time in its 178-Year history

by Benedict Tufnell

Via Henley Royal Regatta

Henley-on-Thames, UK: Today, Henley Royal Regatta announced that it has partnered with three prestigious British brands for the first time in its 178-year history. Bremont Watch Company, Hackett London and Aston Martin will become Official Partners of Henley Royal Regatta.

HRR Chairman Sir Steve Redgrave with Simon Sproule, Aston Martin’s Vice President.

The Partners were all chosen due to their British heritage, premium offerings, and synergies with Henley Royal Regatta’s values and ethos. Income from the partnerships, added to the Partners’ products, expertise and global marketing, will help Henley Royal Regatta continue to develop the event and increase its standing as one of the premier events in the British sporting summer calendar. 

” … these partnerships will work in a mutually beneficial way without overtly commercialising the event.” – Sir Steve Redgrave

Official Timekeeper Bremont Watch Company, the award-winning company producing beautifully engineered timepieces at their headquarters in Henley-on-Thames, will provide handmade mechanical stopwatches to time all races at the Regatta. This is in keeping with the traditions of the Regatta, in which hand timing has been used since its inaugural year. The British watchmaker will also develop a range of Official Henley Royal Regatta timepieces throughout the term of the partnership.

 Hackett, the renowned British clothing retailer, headquartered in London will become the Regatta’s first Official Clothing Partner and will create a bespoke range of Henley Royal Regatta clothing for ladies and gentlemen which will be available to buy at the Regatta, as well as in Hackett stores globally and online. The Hackett range will include formal wear, in keeping with the famous sartorial and elegant standards of the Stewards’ Enclosure, as well as a range of casual wear in order to stylishly dress both spectators and athletes alike.

 Iconic British luxury brand, Aston Martin will become the Official Automotive Partner.  Powerful, exhilarating and precise yet timelessly elegant and sophisticated; the brand will showcase its range of luxury sports cars during the Regatta and they will be used to transport key officials and VIP guests during the five-day event. To commemorate this unique partnership, Aston Martin will create a special Q by Aston Martin DB11, using the marques bespoke personalisation service to reflect the uniqueness of Henley Royal Regatta. 

Sir Steve Redgrave, Chairman of the Regatta’s Committee of Management said: “The Regatta is proud to be involved with such highly respected British brands and their association with the Regatta will not only enhance the spectator experience but will mark the start of further long-term partnerships.  The Stewards have always sought to retain the unique charm and character of the event and these partnerships will work in a mutually beneficial way without overtly commercialising the event.”

Nick English, Co-Founder of Bremont Watch Company said: “As a British luxury watch brand, Bremont is passionate about reinvigorating this once booming British industry. Henley-on-Thames has always been internationally renowned for being the global home of rowing and with our manufacturing base being meters from the River Thames, the tie-up as Official Timekeeper for Henley Royal Regatta has a lovely synergy. Given the event has never had global partners, dating back to 1839, it’s a real honour to have been asked to get involved.”

 Jeremy Hackett, Chairman and Co-Founder, Hackett London said: “Hackett’s well respected position within the rowing community and the ability to provide attire for gentlemen for all sporting and social occasions made it a natural step for Hackett to become one of the initial partners of this most stylish and quintessential British event.”

Simon Sproule, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Aston Martin said: “Aston Martin is an iconic marque of unrivalled heritage, so a partnership with an equally iconic event such as Henley Royal Regatta is a natural fit. We are delighted to be one of the first partners to be associated with an event that is at the heart of the British sporting calendar.”

The 2017 Henley Royal Regatta will take place this summer from Wednesday 28th June to Sunday 2nd July

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