Thursday, March 24, 2016

News: Motor Auction Group revved up for Rotherham move

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Bawtry Motor Auctions, one of the country's oldest motor auctions, is rebranding and relocating to a large auction house facility in Rotherham.

Currently operating from its site at Corner Garage, Bawtry, Doncaster where it employs 54 people, Bawtry Motor Auctions hosts sales three times a week from vendors including The Car People and motor finance firms. The first "Grand Show & Motor Auction" was held in 1947.

On April 4, Bawtry Motor Auction will become Motor Auction Group and host its first auction from the new site.

Close to Barbot Hall Industrial Estate, the 12 acre site has previously been home to Transco, Fulcrum, British Gas and East Midlands Gas Board. Converting the premises, UK Auctions PLC operated the site from 2014, hosting regular vehicle auctions until the company, previously known as Vehicle Locators PLC, entered administration in 2015.

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Plans submitted for Bawtry Motor Auctions last year stated that "Whilst the proposal will involve a number of staff relocating to the new site, a substantial amount will also need to be sourced from the local area. The relocation forms part of a significant expansion, with job numbers anticipated to grow to 60 within a year."

A spokesperson for the Motor Auction Group, said: "We are excited that we can now officially confirm that as of April 2016 we will have relocated to our new facilities on Greasbrough Road in Rotherham. After 70 wonderful years we are moving to bigger and better premises to improve the service we provide.

"We are wanting to reassure customers that it's the same great service, and same friendly staff just a new name and new premises. It's exciting times for us here."

Across the borough, car dealer, JCT600 has started on a £485,000 redevelopment of Volkswagen Rotherham on Bawtry Road. Set to complete in May, the 300 sq m Wickersley showroom will undergo a complete interior refurbishment to incorporate Volkswagen's very latest retail concept designed to enhance the customer experience.

Motor Auction Group website
JCT600 website

Images: Motor Auction Group

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