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The fast-moving world of auctions has tempted Laura Wiles to join SDL Auctions Graham Penny as a residential valuer across the East Midlands.

Ms Wiles was recruited from Hammond Property Services in Nottingham, an estate agent where she spent more than four years as a valuer.

Before that, the 33-year-old spent more than seven years with Santander Bank, working up from a cashier clerk to a post as customer relations manager for 13 branches.

Andrew Parker, managing director and auctioneer at SDL Auctions, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Laura to our team. From the moment I interviewed her I quickly decided she was the sort of person whose experience and passion would help our operations across the region.”

Ms Wiles, who lives in Mapperley, Nottingham, is based at SDL Auctions Graham Penny’s Chilwell office, working in both Leicester and Nottingham. She is also supporting the company’s Birmingham and Stoke offices.

The single mum of three said: “I love the fast-paced nature of property sales in the world of auctions, as opposed to how slow they can be via private treaty sales.

“I enjoyed my last job but felt there were not many other roles to move to. I’m really pleased to be joining SDL Auctions Graham Penny as it’s a company that’s growing, and they shaped a position they felt matched my skills.

“I’m excited by how the property world is forever changing. In the world of auctions you have no idea what you’re coming into from one day to the next, viewing properties all over the country.”

SDL Auctions is one of the UK’s largest property auction networks covering Birmingham, Cheshire and North Wales, Derby, Leicester, Nottingham, Stoke and the North West. In 2016, SDL Auctions raised more than £150m in sales for vendors and its sales have already topped £60m this year.