17 November 2023

Adam Pye

John Pye & Sons

Registration from: 11:45am

Lunch: 12:30pm

November’s lunch welcomed Adam Pye, managing director of John Pye & Sons, to NCBC.

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Recently named as one of LDC’s ‘Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders 2023’, Adam told members and guests what it’s like to head up the biggest auction house in the UK. From humble beginnings in Nottingham’s Cattle Market, the business has just reached past the £100m for sales for the first time in its history.

Adam puts the success of John Pye & Sons down to several high-profile projects, including diversifying the business into an online auction house and innovating by offering a parcel service from its dedicated warehouses.

The company’s values are also what defines its success – do the right thing, think innovatively and be successful are displayed in most rooms around its premises. He said, “We have a policy of promoting from within. We employ generations of staff. It’s about cultivating both the individual and the team. We never ask staff to do something that we wouldn’t want to do.” Staff are rewarded for their loyalty. They get a share of profits and there is an onsite gym, coffee lounges and games rooms. It’s easy to see why this business keeps winning awards. Thank you to Adam for sharing a slice of his Pye with us, a fascinating talk.


NCBC Event Details

Adam Pye


As Managing Director of the UKs largest auction house network, Adam Pye is responsible for receipts of over £100million annually, over 720 staff across 21 sites and 6 separate trading departments.

John Pye Auctions offer a sustainable secondary market to over 300,000 assets per week through weekly online auctions on behalf of some of the worlds largest retail PLCs, banks, lenders, and private clients. Assets range from home goods, electricals, apparel and clothing, luxury goods, vehicles, plant and machinery and property.

Adam has recently overseen the expansion of John Pye Auctions into mainland Europe, with the opening of a site in Zaragoza, Spain. Bringing the total footprint of the auction network to cover over 2 million sq ft.

Adam is a fellow and former president of the National Association of Auctioneers and Valuers.

The Timetable

What to expect at NCBC

Arrival at 11:45, sign in and collect your badge before being escorted into the reception area.

Enjoy a bit of opening networking with the other members and guests of the lunch. Drink included.

Sit down for a two course lunch including a starter and a main followed by coffee. After lunch the guest speaker will take to the podium for their speech.

The meeting and lunch is drawn to a close.

Parking is available at St.James NCP. Pay at the gate, or download the "Park Pass" app, create a profile before you arrive at the car park, then use the QR code on entry and exit to the car park.


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