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BCA HQ returns to Farnham

British Car Auctions (BCA) has moved its administrative centre back to Farnham, Surrey, after a 25 year absence.

The European vehicle auctioneer left its offices in West Street in 1983, but has now returned less than half a mile away. BCA has taken a long-term lease on Headway House in Crosby Way just off West Street and has undertaken a multi-million pound refit. The newly refurbished two-storey location covers 20,500 sq ft and around 150 staff will transfer from the current location in Hindhead.

The new offices at Headway House form BCA’s administrative and technical hub, with accounts, IT, personnel and marketing based on-site. Also based at Farnham are BCA's legal department, the company secretary, payroll services, credit control, procurement and insurance.

From Headway House, BCA will run the back office activities associated with selling, invoicing and processing over £3 billions worth of vehicles every year and running a programme of auctions around the UK.

Tony Gannon, BCA communications director, said: "We are delighted to be moving to this new high-tech hub in Farnham. The newly fitted-out Headway House is a superb working environment and Farnham itself is a great town to work in."

BCA was prompted to move as the previous head office – former Edwardian Hotel, Expedier House in Hindhead - was increasingly unsuitable for a modern business.

BCA operates 21 vehicle auction centres in the UK including Europe’s largest at nearby Blackbushe, where the company can sell in excess of 1,000 cars a day.

BCA also operates a further 24 centres across 10 mainland European countries, including Germany, France, Spain and Portugal.

The company handles over 1.3 million vehicles every year, selling though auction and over the internet and has a turnover in excess of £3 billion annually.

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