A car auction centre billed as the most modern in Europe is set to open for business at Donington Park this week creating up to 60 jobs.
Independent car auction business Aston Barclay will officially open its new centre at the motor racing circuit on Thursday.
After receiving permission for the venture earlier this year, the firm has been busy developing the 18-acre site. It will be using the circuit’s exhibition centre, known as the Engine Room, for auctions.
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The company has transformed the building, which now has room to store 400 used cars undercover.
Back in June, Aston Barclay said it planned to open the Donington Park site by the end of this year – but work has progressed quicker than envisaged and the opening date was brought forward to this week.
The auction centre has been created inside Donington’s Engine Room building
The firm already operates four sites in Chelmsford in Essex, Leeds in West Yorkshire, Prees Heath in Shropshire, and Westbury in Wiltshire.
According to Aston Barclay, the new Donington site, which is led by centre manager Zaiga Jinkinson, has created at least 25 new jobs – and could eventually create up to 60 roles.
On Thursday, the auction centre is expected to be officially opened by North-west Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen.
This will then be followed by the centre’s first auction when more than 350 cars from blue chip fleet and finance vendors such as Zenith, Motonovo, PSA, Motability, Hertz and Secure Trust Bank will go under the hammer.
The Donington auction centre is being headed up by Zaiga Jinkinson
Once open, the centre plans to host twice-weekly sales.
In a statement, Aston Barclay said: “It will be the most advanced and modern car auction anywhere in Europe. It will mean thousands more visitors coming to Donington each year, predominantly buyers and vendors from the automotive industry.
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“The centre will be the home to a new buyer services team and IT and technology team as Aston Barclay aims to revolutionise the auction industry with investment in digital technologies across the site.”
Aston Barclay, which was founded in 1984, announced it was coming to Donington after completing a management buy-out this summer.
Led by the firm’s chief executive, Neil Hodson, the management buy-out was backed by investment firm Rutland Partners.
Source: Derby Telegraph