WE'D FIRSTLY LIKE TO TAKE YOU BACK TO 1946
Sisters Audrey and Julie White's parents Grahame and Dorrie White own and run a garage in Bridlington Town Centre. This is one year after the end of World War 2. As a result vehicles were scarce, and Grahame saw what would now be referred to as a gap in the market. He chose to utilise this by selling second hand cars to stock other garages. This was later developed into a motor auction, which was then held once a week. The sisters tragically lost both parents in the same year, however courageously decided to keep the business alive.
NOW GOING FORWARD TO 1972
The sisters designed and built a new auction house, which is still located on Pinfold Lane. The "sister act" earned themselves an "enviable trading reputation."
At the time and against the odds Julie as the auctioneer was titled "The only woman in a male dominant industry" and in a "league of her own" whilst Audrey managed the day to day running of the business and the sisters developed their formidable partnership. It became clear the circumstances the sisters were left in helped them develop grit and determination, especially whilst they had younger twin sisters to take care of. Consequently they quickly proved to be competent, highly respected and above all, profitable. In the past BMA has been referred to as "the region's only long-standing alternative to buying from dealerships or private sales" (Motors, 2008)
During the evolution of the auction, Gerrard, Audrey's son was fine tuning his knowledge and experience in the industry working in sales at various reputable garages in the area including Arundale, Pendragon and Dixon Motor Holdings.
THE START OF THE 3RD GENERATION
Gerrard joined as general Manager in 1994, he soon flourished alongside his mother and auntie further solidifying the family business.
Shortly after the millennium he stepped up to try his hand at auctioneering - knowing he had some big shoes to fill, however he has never looked back. He is now accompanied by his wife Sally who deals with the administration and secures sales with many of our loyal customers. Also all three of his children, Holly, Bea and Fred who help out alongside their father.
BMA is more than a family business, we have employees, Paul and Martin, who have been with us since leaving school, and Helen who's approaching her 20th year with us. "Gerrard Langton and his dedicated and growing team boast a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry." Free Press 2013.
We believe that this, combined with a reliable and dependable service makes for safe haven for new independent buyers who seek a bargain, start up garages, experienced traders and all those in-between.
COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!