However, within 18 months it is envisaged that the business will relocate to a purpose-built 15-acre auction centre within the area, subject to planning permission and jointly financed. ECA also says it will expand its operations to a South East Marts' site in Luton and build a new site on green field land in Tame next year.
The aim is to have one of these sites running in the first half of 1999. ECA is looking to expand by two sites each year through a mixture of developing South East Marts four additional auction centres and building new ones. The range of vehicles sold will widen to include 4x4s, plant, commercial vehicles and fire appliances.