by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

Wilsons Auctions, the UK’s largest independent auction company, has been awarded new contracts, worth in excess of £50 million, with the Home Office, HMRC, Border Force and the National Crime Agency in a multi-agency government contract in addition to further contracts with HMRC, Natural Resources Wales, a government sponsored body, and Trust Ford. As a result of the multi-agency Home Office contract also incorporating Border Force, HMRC and the National Crime Agency the auction company will be responsible for the sale of seized goods and vehicles including exceptional items by these government agencies.



Natural Resources Wales, the largest Welsh Government sponsored body, have awarded Wilsons Auctions the contract for the recovery, storage and sale of vehicles, including plant machinery and vessels identified as involved in environmental crime.
In addition to the multi-agency Home Office framework, a second HMRC contract has been awarded to the auction company for services including the removal, storage, appraisal and sale of goods.
Finally, a solus auction agreement with TrustFord, the world’s largest Ford dealership group, sees Wilsons Auctions manage the disposal of part exchange vehicles and surplus retail stock from the six dealerships located across Northern Ireland.
Wilsons Auctions has paid in excess of £130 million into the public purse over recent years and will continue to add to this by signing these multi-agency deals.
Peter Johnston, Wilsons Auctions Group Operations Director comments “We are delighted to have been awarded contracts with all of these prestigious organisations. Over recent years we have invested heavily in infrastructure and premises to cater for contracts such as these, and will continue to reinvest to strengthen the position for the future.
Our ongoing work for the majority of Law Enforcement agencies in the UK, Ireland and beyond, has enabled us to build an excellent knowledge base to improve systems and procedures that ultimately result in a better service for all concerned.
Much our ongoing successes are due to the good old fashioned hard work ethic of our staff, based on a family-owned business mindset.
It is also important that we have remained true to our values as auctioneers, and have not crossed a line to become buyers and resellers of the stock we are entrusted to sell, as have many of our auction company peer group”
Wilsons Auctions has been in business since 1936 and is the largest independently owned auction house in the UK and Ireland. With more locations throughout the British Isles than any other privately owned auction company, Wilsons Auctions processes a hammer total in excess of £400 million annually.

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