ONE of the UK’s largest privately owned transport companies has opened its first Yorkshire branch.
Europa Worldwide Group opened a new office in Wakefield and is looking to recruit a team of 12 staff over the next 24 months.
The new office will be supported by a local distribution partner, which will cover collection and distribution requirements in the region. Each night, vehicles will connect the branch to Europa’s northern hub in Birmingham, allowing consignments to be exported across Europe on a daily basis.
Europa employs 500 people across 10 sites in the UK and also has an office in Hong Kong. It carries around 500,000 consignments annually.
Its new 2,500 sq ft branch is based at Calder Park, off Junction 39 of the M1.
The company hopes the new office will enable the firm to maximise its services and meet growing customer demand for both import and export – specifically on its pan European daily services.
Transport entrepreneur Andrew Baxter, who bought the company in August, said: “As a national operator it is vital that we have a sales and distribution presence in all of the key areas of the country and particularly those showing growth as we slowly emerge from recession.
“We are delighted to have started our network expansion in Yorkshire and to be investing in this important area.”
Europa is represented in 100 countries across six continents and has a turnover of £73m.
Mr Turner bought the business from Grenville Turner, Russell Keep and Andrew Kennedy who acquired it in a 2007 management buyout. Mr Keep retained a 10 per cent stake and stayed on as group finance director.
Mr Baxter, formerly of RH Group, said he plans to invest in the business to maximise its potential outside Europe in air, ocean and logistics operations.
Europa expects to add a number of additional routes by the end of the year and throughout 2014 and it also has plans to open another branch in the East Midlands area to further strengthen its distribution infrastructure.
Miles O’Donnell will head up the new office. He said: “In the new year we’ll start our recruitment drive and intend to build a sales and customer service team to fully service all clients across Yorkshire.”