Scaling up, NCM Auctions moves to new premises

The Doncaster-based auction house has recently relocated to new premises at Kestrel Court near Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

Following a rapid period of growth and recently recognised as one of the fastest-growing companies in Europe – ranked number 336 in the Financial Times 1000 – the ambitious move is a crucial next step for the fast-moving, forward-thinking auction company.

The 13,500 sq ft unit includes warehousing and storage space alongside a purpose-built office area. The team are now working from a stylish and inspiring open-plan workspace that contains flexible breakout areas, meeting and video conferencing rooms, media suite and a company gym.

Leading by example the auctioneer used the new space to showcase just what can be done – with nearly all the warehouse racking, storage, furniture, soft furnishings, screens, IT equipment, seating and display pieces sourced from commercial asset auctions up and down the country, or by upcycling and repurposing their own surplus items.

Founder and CEO Emma McSkelly explained the reasoning behind the move: “As a company, we’ve seen rapid growth – nine years ago it was a two-person team working around my kitchen table. Now we’re looking for a head office that can accommodate twenty plus employees. At the same time, this space needs to provide short and long term storage for a vast range of auction lots, allow the team to manage on-site collections and offer the versatility to undertake live, online and hybrid auctions. That’s no small ask for any space, and after lots of searching, it became clear the only way to get something that worked for us was to build it ourselves.”

“Thankfully the new Kestrel Court development near the airport provided the answer and gave us the space we needed to create our new home. For the first time, we have our sales, operations, and warehousing teams working from a single location and under one roof. That is a huge operational advantage for both our clients and us.”

Executive director Andy Smith, expanded on how and why getting the space right was so important:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how everyone works. Working from home has been the norm, but for us, the culture and dynamic when we’re all together are so important to how we work.”

“We needed a space that could inspire and motivate our team and allow them to do their best work. From the living moss walls to the wall art and beautiful designer furniture, we’ve built something that’s the right cultural fit for NCM. This new space doesn’t just inspire our team. It helps us to attract some of the biggest and brightest talents working in this field.”

“Now we’re up and running in the new space the team is growing again with a number of exciting job openings across the business.”

NCM Auctions help organisations solve the problem of what to do with surplus business and commercial assets. They provide businesses with a sustainable and ethical way to dispose of surplus assets, find the right buyers and ensure their clients get the maximum revenue return.

Chris Dungworth, Head of Business Doncaster added, 'I am absolutely delighted to welcome NCM Auctions to Doncaster and that our hard word has paid off in landing further investment and employment opportunities to the area'.

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