Sheffield based Europa Hits £300m mark

Andrew Baxter

Logistics firm Europa Worldwide Group, which is based at Broadfield Close in Sheffield, has revealed that the company’s turnover for the last 12 months has hit the £300m target, at its recent staff conference.

Europa’s Sheffield branch is home to around 20 staff and forms part of Europa Road which provides road freight distribution to and from Europe. As one of the firm’s newer sites, which opened in 2018 as the Group expanded its footprint further across the UK, Sheffield continues to go from strength to strength.

It made a significant contribution to that overall group target by itself breaking the £1m turnover goal for the first time during the past year.

Two representatives on Europa’s Board are chief operating officer Dionne Redpath, and branch network and sales director Adrian Redmile, and both work in Sheffield and live locally.

Members of the Sheffield team were delighted to attend the “EuropaCom” conference, which was badged “bigger, bolder, better,” which set out the company’s bold roadmap to achieve £400m turnover by the end of 2023.

Europa Worldwide Group’s board outlined an ambitious growth plan, including new global sites and expansion across all of its road freight, air and sea freight, and 3pl divisions.  The focus being to continue to repeat its accomplishments across its hugely successful core business.

This second, staff conference was held in London, attended by 500 people from Sheffield and across the business and was also livestreamed to staff in Belgium, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

The ambitious and innovative logistics operator is one of the fastest growing privately-owned mid-market businesses in the UK.  From an operation with 450 staff and a turnover of £76m when Chief Executive Andrew Baxter acquired the company in 2013, Europa now has over 1300 staff, and has just opened three new road freight sales branches, complementing Sheffield and the now 16-strong branch network.

Despite various worldwide restrictions imposed, Europa has continued to trade profitably in the face of economic uncertainty.  Regardless of the challenges of Covid-19 and Brexit over the past two years Europa has launched its unique European road freight customs product, Europa Flow and opened a £60m state-of-the-art 3pl facility in Corby, which is now fully automated.

The last few years has been one of major investment and growth for Europa with its investment of over £5m in Europa Flow – a unique customs product which successfully allows goods to move quickly and efficiently between the UK and EU with minimal delays. Customers from Sheffield have been quick to embrace this approach and have been delighted with the operational outcomes.

Andrew Baxter, chief executive officer (CEO) at Europa Worldwide Group, said: “We would not have achieved these excellent results without the continued enthusiasm and commitment of our talented and growing team.  They showed huge resolve when we were hit by Covid-19, where possible moving fully remote within days, and continued to service our customers across all division when many reduced or even stopped their services.

“We even completed our Corby site in the middle of the global pandemic which is a massive achievement. The “EuropaCom event is an opportunity to congratulate our staff face to face as well as communicate our future plans.”

At the event, each division shared its long terms objectives, including further innovations in its market-leading products and services, investment in road freight fleet, new global sites and expansion across all parts of the operation.  The firm is already promoting one member of staff on average every week and outlined further opportunities for recognising talent.

Andrew added: “I am incredibly proud of our team, and in particular the Sheffield branch for their contribution to this achievement. I look forward to working with them on another exciting period of growth with our plans firmly on track to hit our ambitious £400m turnover target for 2023, with our sights on hitting a turnover of £1bn through organic growth.”

“Our strategy continues to focus on long term profitability by improving our services to customers, improving efficiencies and driving up quality. We have a great team at Europa – the best people in the business.”

Europa Worldwide Group is an ambitious independent logistics operator with four divisions – Europa Road, Europa Air & Sea, Europa Warehouse and Continental Cargo Carriers and employs over 1,300 across the UK, Belgium Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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