THE owner of Ryedale Auctioneers is bucking the trend by expanding his business despite the economic gloom.
Angus Ashworth is taking over a neighbouring site at Cook’s Yard, Kirkbymoorside, in a move that gives him “more scope” to offer bigger and better sales, more car parking, and ample room to host outdoor auctions.
The 28-year-old now intends to use his original building solely for specialist sales with the two new buildings devoted to the fortnightly general sales. A large hard-standing area that is included in the expansion means there is potential for agricultural and machinery auctions, regular car boot sales and more.
“It not only means we can do more sales but it gives us more flexibility and we have the space to do our job to a better quality,” said Angus, who lives in Scarborough’s Old Town. “There is very little we can’t sell anymore – we can cater for a very broad market and cover all bases from a full house sale to selling agricultural machines.”
“It was too good an offer to turn down and I would have regretted it, had I not gone for it.”
Not bad for someone who only launched the business at the end of 2010.
Since that first snow-hit sale, Ryedale Auctioneers has continued to grow and now attracts customers from all over the world – many of whom are interned bidders – for its specialist sales dealing in regular antiques, fine arts, militaria and sporting goods, including firearms, railway and toys, clocks, watches, specialist wines, and 20th Century ceramics, such as Beswick and Dalton.
Then there are the fortnightly general sales which attract people from near and far who are eager to pick up a bargain.
What began as a one man band has now progressed to such an extent that he has 14 full and part-time employees on the books and Angus is excited about what the future holds.
“The potential to expand the business was just too good to turn down,” he said. “I knew I wouldn’t get a better opportunity.”
l Ryedale Auctioneers will hold a general sale on Saturday and a Militaria and Sporting Sale on Sunday, both of which start at 11am. Viewings for both are on Friday, 10am to 7pm and on the mornings of each sale from 9am to 11am. A separate viewing for the Militaria and Sporting Sale will be held on Saturday, 11am to 4pm.