As Managing Director of Prestige Pawnbrokers, James Constantinou oversees one of the UK’s most varied and enthralling businesses. He is the star of Channel 4’s highest rated factual entertainment show and has reinvented the way the world views pawn.
James is a self-confessed serial entrepreneur and has spent his career dabbling in different areas; from vintage classic cars and property development to corporate sales and marketing, he’s developed a well-rounded set of skills that have turned him into a fierce businessman.
Pawn broking calls for a host of different talents, from charming customers to spotting counterfeit goods. For James, high-end pawn broking was the perfect opportunity to exercise his trading skills, while simultaneously indulging his passion for all things luxurious.
James threw open the doors of Prestige Pawnbrokers in 2009, and hasn’t looked back since. Today he operates four shops located in Richmond, Weybridge, Hatton Garden and has recently launched another in Manchester. Regular viewers of Posh Pawn will know the business has been wildly successful and James credits this to his amazing team, and his willingness to say yes when others would say no. This bold search for success has led to the conquering of new heights. James’ always says, “I am a strong believer that to succeed in business you should have a hunger for gain, as opposed to a fear of loss.”
James’ favourite deals include a Ferrari Daytona worth £250,000, an art collection with a £1 million price tag, and rare literature that features in the Queen’s Windsor library.
Prestige Pawnbrokers caught the attention of the press, with James featuring in various articles and TV appearances. Thanks to dazzling deals involving helicopters, Ferraris, mini-submarines and more, he was approached by Channel 4 to feature in the show, Posh Pawn. The show follows the weird and wonderful assets that Prestige Pawnbrokers encounters on a daily basis. Episodes are currently broadcast across the globe and Posh Pawn are currently transmitted their fifth series.
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