dr marten desert boot Auctioneer Tom Plant
When I started as a porter, I always wanted to be an auctioneer and valuer. Even though I had a degree in Fine Art Valuation, I had to start on the shop floor it was the only way I was going to learn.
I spent seven years at that auction house, I ended up running a department, an auctioneers and the in house valuer. However my television career was growing and the company didn’t agree with that, so I left and moved to Kent and worked in Tunbridge Wells, and Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex a good place for an auction house.
I spent three years working the South East, a great job, but I was wanting something more. I saw an advert in our trade press an auction house was up for sale. I sent my friend and future business partner Neil Shuttleworth over to have a look. We decided to go for a phased takeover and we took control of Special Auction Services in September 2006.
What are the key responsibilities in your position?
I am one of the directors, but I look upon myself as a business winner. I go and see as many clients as I can, looking to get goods on for sale. I am also the jewellery and silver valuer and one of the auctioneers.
Describe a typical day No day is the same in an auction house. If an auction is imminent it’s all hands to the pumps. If not, I usually get in the office for about 10am (I know that is a little slack but I have 14 month old twins and they will always be first). I leave around 6.30pm. Most of the time is spent sourcing goods, processing them and writing the catalogue.
By increasing our market share in all departments. This will be done by moving to a bigger premises, increasing the lot average and finding new vendors and buyers.
What has been your most satisfying moment?
Watching old clients walk through the door when you first start up. Their support means so much to you at that time.
Do you believe there is enough help and support from government and agencies for growing businesses?
I believe there could be more. However, I understand in this present climate it is going to be very difficult.
What is your attitude to the environment and do you have any green policies in place?
Can you name a greener business? We are the original recyclers! We are members of the Antiques are Green campaign to promote the green credentials of antiques.