Aston Barclay: May 11

Time 4:59 am, April 19, 2012

Lisa Grimley, Barry Watts, and Aston Barclay's Alan Henson

ASTON Barclay Group has named the date which its auctioneers’ gavel will first fall at its newly acquired site in Leeds.

Together with their other sites in Chelmsford, Westbury and Prees Heath, the opening of the site in Leeds positions the group as a truly national vehicle remarketing operation and starts the next chapter in the firm’s 27-year history.

Friday, May 11, will mark the company’s maiden Friday Fleet Sale. The launch sale, supported by Motability, Alphabet, Leasedrive, Ogilvie and Zenith, and will feature more than 250 cars.

Aston Barclay Group managing director, Tim Hudson, said: ‘Leeds is certainly taking shape. We will be hitting the ground running with Leeds, the Group has worked tirelessly over recent times to build on its reputation for being efficient, both for vendors and buyers, and Leeds will be no exception.

‘The final elements of the building work are due to be complete by the April 20 and the team is now in place and fully trained. This is a very exciting stage of our continued development as a Group.’

Lisa Grimsley is general manager, taking responsibility for both the Leeds and Prees Heath operations, while Amy Thrackway has been appointed centre manager. The entire division remains under the leadership of group operations director, Barry Watts.

Aston Barclay Leeds will also be holding a General Sale on a Tuesday morning, the first one of which will be on Tuesday May 15.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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