About us

This year Auction News celebrates its sixty five year history…. As the longest running dedicated auction marketing business in the UK, our mission is to provide auction bidders with all the information they need to find the best deals and auctioneers with the most effective means of successfully promoting their auctions to the widest, targeted audience possible.

Our Story

The roots of Auction News go all the way back to 1958 when the original business was launched under the name of “Auction Guide & Auction News Services”. Back then it was a simple printed flysheet sent out by post every week, but from those humble beginnings, over six decades later the business has evolved, transformed and adapted to the digital world and is today, still the first port of call for auction bidders and professional auctioneers looking to promote their sales.

Our family run business is headed up by Steve Payne, who took up the reigns in 1984, with wife Alison joining the business in 2004 as Finance Director and daughter Gemma Ashton CGMA joining as Operations Director in 2014.

Connecting Bidders to the right auctions

A highly respected name among the auctioneering fraternity, Auction News have a dedicated and experienced loyal workforce, who are totally committed to effectively promoting auctions through the various digital and social media channels to our 35,000 plus website subscribers and growing social media followers.

We offer a whole range of services geared towards making it easy for bidders to find the right auctions and auctioneers to effectively promote their auctions to serious buyers.


Bidders can browse or filter our auction and lot listings by keyword, location, category or auctioneer. Simply click through to the auction catalogue for further details, to view the latest bids and join the auction.

Email Alerts

Take the hard work out of finding the right auction! We encourage all subscribers to update their auction preferences as all our auction alerts are targeted to those who are interested in a specific category of goods.

Website Digital Magazine

Published weekly since 1958 and now available online to all website visitors. We email our “Digimag” to our subscribers every Thursday - a great option for those who prefer the traditional magazine experience – only online! For our latest issue, follow this link - Digital Magazine.

Social Media Channels

Auctions are promoted across Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn, so if you love social, you really should follow us and join our Facebook groups set up for specific auction types:

- Construction Plant & Machinery Auctions UK

- Manufacturing Machinery Auctions UK

- Food Industry & Catering Auctions UK


Get the latest on what’s happening in the auction world! Auctioneers can share their latest news updates in our Digital Magazine, the Latest News section of our website and across our social media channels.


We have a range of special positions on our website including “Auction of the week” and “Featured Auctions” on our home page,  to “Premium” and “Standard” listings on our Auction pages.

E-alerts can be sent with only your auction listed on our dedicated email template or using your own HTML. Alternatively, auctions can be listed on our weekly category-specific e-alerts alongside other auctions.

In the weekly digital magazine, we have full, half and quarter page options with premium page positions available on a first come, first served basis, including the front page, pages 2 and 3 and the back page. We also have sponsorship deals which include all your auctions being promoted for an agreed period of time.

Looking to the future

With hard work, dedication, and a spirit of adventure that has so far passed through three generations, Auction News continues to adapt to a rapidly changing market place, embrace new technologies and build on our strengths with a pride and a passion to ensure a first-class, friendly service for all our auction bidders and auctioneers.

To hear what our customers think of our service, View our Testimonials:

We get your auctions in front of the right audience

Digital Magazine

  • Front and Premium page advertising
  • Full, half and quarter page options
  • Page sponsorships
  • Free Calendar entry
  • Free Editorials

Email Marketing

  • Dedicated e-alerts
  • Category specific e-alerts
  • Measurable results and reporting
  • Above average open and click rates
  • GDPR compliant

Online Advertising

  • Home page advertising
  • Web banners
  • Featured auctions listings
  • Auctioneer profiles
  • Latest News

Social Media Advertising

  • Targeted campaigns
  • Facebook page
  • Facebook groups
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn

Company Directors

Alison Payne
Finance Director
Gemma Ashton
Operations Director
Steve Payne
Managing Director

We are proud to work alongside leading UK auctioneers

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