John Pye & Sons to open West Midlands seven acre auction facility

Boxer Carl Froch and Forest player Chris Cohen model the new kit

Nottingham Forest’s new shirt sponsors, John Pye & Sons Auctioneers, have announced the next phase of their national expansion programme with the planned opening of a seven acre auction facility in the West Midlands later this summer.

The Nottingham born and bred family business, based at the old Shipstone’s Brewery site in New Basford, has already opened 7 new auction sites across the UK in the last 8 months.

However, John Pye & Sons have now exchanged and are set to complete on the acquisition of a new facility in the West Midlands which will occupy an even bigger footprint than the company’s Head Office in Nottingham. With 180,000 sq. ft. of internal auction space the company’s new site will be the largest commercial auction house in the West Midlands.

The company has had to acquire more auction storage and sales space to accommodate new business, including two new national Government auction disposal contract wins.

MD and Principal Auctioneer Adam Pye said: “The exact location of the site cannot be disclosed at this stage due to legal reasons but it is strategically located to support Head Office business developments and to serve our Birmingham Professional Services office.

“The site is different to that of the old Shipstone’s brewery, the profile is more akin to very substantial industrial shed warehousing which is what we require to accommodate rolling stock, large industrial assets and large volume pallet stock holdings for a range of our clients.

“John Pye & Sons has been providing Professional Services in and around Birmingham for four years now to the Insolvency and Government sectors and the time has now come for those services to be underpinned by a substantial auction facility.

“We are a bricks and mortar business – it is key we are able to provide our national clients with tangible storage solutions as well as auction recovery opportunities and this new facility will do that in spades. “Like the Shipstone’s brewery, the site also has an interesting history to it, as a former Ministry of Defence site.

“It is a significant step forward for the business because it should provide us with a hub for which we can establish the brand in new markets, both in the UK and overseas export. James Shipstone House will remain as our Head Office, it is iconic to our business.
“This new facility will create some great opportunities for people within Pyes who will help take up the reins of the new facility and, as a result, more employment opportunities will be created at our Nottingham Head Office, so it is good news for Nottingham.”

John Pye & Sons staff headcount has grown from 24 full time staff 10 years ago to more than 75 to date. The company now holds more than 400 auctions a year across 8 auction sites (Nottingham, Sheffield, Peterborough, Bristol and four in London; Edmonton, Park Royal, Belvedere and Croydon), annually selling more than 11,000 vehicles, millions of items of retail stock from laptops and TVs to home wares equating to 12,000 pallets worth of stock holdings, as well as thousands of industrial items from CNC machines and foundry equipment to construction plant and machinery assets.

Only last week John Pye & Sons were unveiled as the new shirt and main club sponsors of Nottingham Forest, having agreed an initial one-year-deal. The sponsorship deal was unveiled at James Shipstone House where John Pye & Sons were joined by Nottingham Forest Management, player Chris Cohen and Nottingham’s three times World Boxing Champion Carl Froch at the launch of Forest’s new away kit.

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