One of the UK’s fastest growing logistics operators has opened in Liverpool, at the Royal Albert Docks, its first sales branch in the city.
At the start of the year Europa Worldwide Group announced it was investing half million-pound in increasing its UK European road freight sales network at its Europa Road division, which provides road freight services for import and export to and from Europe.
In its 50 plus year history the business has never had a presence in Liverpool and chose the city after a substantial amount of research into suitable locations to expand into. Its closest site is Manchester.
In 2020, the European road freight market was valued at 324.5 billion euros, which is expected to continue growing. At the end of 2021, the road freight market will have seen an overall increase of 27.5 percent compared to 2010, this is despite the challenges of the global pandemic.
Europa was attracted to Liverpool by the number of manufacturers in the region, estimated to be over 3,000 that contribute £3.2bn to the local economy.
Europa opens with a team of five headed up by Branch Manager Carolyn Hough an experienced logistics professional with over 20 years sales experience who joins from another leading transport operator. She commented “I’m delighted to have been appointed to lead the great new team here in Liverpool. I was attracted by Europa’s ambitious plan for growth for the European road freight division. We’re a small team to start with but we’re still on the lookout for further recruits and hope to have a team of ten by the end of the year.”
Europa Road division provides market leading European road freight services, operating the UK’s largest European groupage hub which is situated in Dartford. Its network of 16 UK branches trunk into Dartford from where freight connects with daily, direct services to 30 continental hubs.
Adrian Redmile, Branch Network and Sales Director comments: “We’d like to welcome Carolyn and the rest of the team to the Europa family. Our strategy is to deliver excellent customer service through local teams, putting our services at the heart of the region we are supporting. Having a fantastic local team in Liverpool means we will be able to support Liverpool’s growing supply chain needs with import and export – specifically on our pan European daily services.”
The last few years has been one of major investment and growth for Europa Road which has seen Europa Road invest over £5m in Europa Flow – an innovative product which successfully allows goods to move quickly and efficiently between the UK and EU with minimal delays. Europa Road has gone from strength to strength, during the COVID-19 pandemic it offered uninterrupted services resulting in increasing consignment volumes of good going to and from Europe.
Europa Worldwide Group is an ambitious independent logistics operator with five divisions – Europa Road, Europa Air & Sea, Europa Warehouse and has featured in The Sunday Times Top Track 250 for the third time and employs over 1,300 across the UK, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The company has a turnover of £260 million this year, which it is expecting to increase to £300 million in 2022.