Friday, October 15, 2010

News: Manheim closes Rotherham auction site


Manheim Auctions has closed its car auction centre in Rotherham.

The company has been trading in Rotherham for over 20 years at the six acre site at Canklow that offered 30,000 vehicles per year.

For ten years it traded as Independent Car Auctions, the original name of the company owned by the Bailey family which teamed up in the mid 1990s with Manheim in the USA to form the UK and European arm of the global auction giant.

Mike Pilkington, managing director at Manheim Remarketing said: "The site at Rotherham is one of the very few locations where we do not own the freehold. This makes it very difficult for us to invest in re-development and site enhancement measures to bring facilities up to the necessary standards, in order to sustain our business in forthcoming years.

"With the lease expiring early next year, we have taken the decision to relocate all activities to our neighbouring Manheim Auctions locations. The vast majority of the main sales programme will be integrated into our auction facilities in Leeds, Mansfield and Knottingley, which are all within 30 miles distance.

"We are clearly very sad to be leaving Rotherham after such a long track record here, but the decision has been taken in the best interests of the business and ultimately our customers.

"Whilst we have unfortunately had to put the staff at Rotherham at risk of redundancy, it is very much our intention to relocate as many of them as practically possible to other Manheim locations.

"The closure of our centre at Rotherham is in no way related to recessionary pressures. It is simply down to the restrictions that the current lease agreement."

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