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Wilsons Auctions celebrates 80 years in business


Wilsons Auctions, the UK and Ireland’s largest independent auction company is marking 80 years in business, with an exciting week of celebrations giving away over Stg.£1,000 worth of prizes across all of its branches.

The family owned and run business is celebrating the significant milestone with a full week of prize giveaways from November 23 – 30, as a thank you to its customers for their dedicated support over the years.

The prizes winners will will be announced at the Unreserved Prestige & Property Auction in Belfast on November 30th.

Wilsons Auctions was formed in 1936 by William J Wilson, a salesman in agricultural machinery and butcher, trading from one site in Mallusk, Co. Antrim. The company has since flourished with son, Ian Wilson taking over as Managing Director in 1976, expanding to a total of sixteen sites across Northern Ireland, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, England and Wales.

Wilsons Auctions has secured major contracts over the years with a continually growing list of well-known clients from both the private and public sectors across the UK and Ireland. Currently employing over 300 people across the group, Wilsons Auctions hosts over 1,000 auctions annually, processing a hammer total in excess of £200 million each year.
With the ability to auction anything from cars and jewellery to land and property, plant and machinery as well as prestige, specialist items, general and disposal, Wilsons Auctions can cover it all. And with its website ranked in the top quarter of the top million websites visited in the world, Wilsons Auctions has a global marketplace with thousands of regular online bidders making use of its LiveBid facility worldwide.

Speaking of the significant milestone, Managing Director Ian Wilson said, “As a family run business which started in 1936 by my father, I am delighted to see Wilsons Auctions reach its 80th. year in business. When I first took over the running of the business I was keen to see the company grow but to see it as it is today I am immensely proud”.

80 year-old Wilsons Auctions employee, Gerald Bigmore Snr joins in on the celebrations along with Managing Director, Ian Wilson and Group Operations Director, Peter Johnston as the company reaches its 80th. Anniversary.   Starting in 1936 as a single branch in Northern Ireland, Wilsons Auctions has grown to become the largest independent auction company in the UK and Ireland with sixteen sites including branches in Belfast, Dublin, Portadown, Dalry, Queensferry, Telford, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and Maidstone.

80 year-old Wilsons Auctions employee, Gerald Bigmore Snr joins in on the celebrations along with Managing Director, Ian Wilson and Group Operations Director, Peter Johnston as the company reaches its 80th. Anniversary.
Starting in 1936 as a single branch in Northern Ireland, Wilsons Auctions has grown to become the largest independent auction company in the UK and Ireland with sixteen sites including branches in Belfast, Dublin, Portadown, Dalry, Queensferry, Telford, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and Maidstone.