One of Europe’s fastest growing logistics operators, Europa Worldwide Group, has invested in its first sales branch in Ireland, Dublin to accommodate its growing international footprint.
Since 2022 Europa Worldwide Group has invested more than €3.4m increasing its international European road freight sales network at its Europa Road division which provides road freight services for import and export to and from Europe.
The new branch is situated at the Spaces offices in Dublin Airport and is located close to the N1 serving as a main transport road into and out of Dublin.
The global operator, which continues to set the pace in the market, recently reported a record turnover of €359m for the last 12 months, to August 2022. It has ambitious plans for continued investment, despite the economic situation, and believes improving logistics capacity and capabilities for a growing number of local businesses will help them navigate a changing marketplace.
Europa Road provides market leading European road freight services, operating the UK’s largest European groupage hub in Dartford. Its network of European branches connects freight with daily, direct services to 30 continental hubs.
This is the first time Europa has expanded into Ireland in its 50 plus years and chose the location after a substantial amount of research into areas of the country with growth potential specifically those with business that export to Europe. Europa Road’s closest site is in Belfast.
The new branch comes at a time when data from the Central Statistics Office shows that Irish goods exports increased by 27 per cent in the first 11 months of 2022, compared with the same period the previous year.
Ireland has become an attractive location for logistics investment due to its increased transaction volumes and enhanced liquidity. The country also offers increased connectivity within Europe, the UK and the US which is one of many considerations which drives foreign investment in Dublin.
The new Dublin site opens with a team of three, headed up by Branch Manager Elliott Watts who previously held the Branch Manager role at Europa Road in Cambridge, and has been selected for the role due to his previous success.
Elliott Watts commented on the development: “The opening of the new Dublin office marks a tremendously exciting milestone for Europa Road as a business, and I am thrilled to be heading up this new team. Having a local presence means that we will be able to support and advise Dublin’s businesses with import and export services, specifically on our pan European daily routes.”
Adrian Redmile, Branch Network and Sales Director added: “We’re very pleased to appoint Elliott as our Branch Manager and welcome the rest of the Dublin team to the Europa network. We recognise that a physical presence within an area helps to solidify good customer service and create loyalty, both of which are vital to the daily operating processes at Europa Road. The opening of our Dublin offices also helps to enhance our sales network, which is an important part of our European strategy to fill the gaps and thus increase our footprint across Northern and Southern Ireland. We have an ambitious growth plan for the next 12 months, but I am certain that we will meet our targets and I am looking forward to continuing with Europa Road’s success.”
As an export-driven economy on the periphery of Europe, transport and logistics is a significant sector in Dublin, and it is hugely important for the increasing number of global players that base their European and EMEA headquarters in the city too. The last few years has been one of major investment and growth for Europa Road which has seen Europa Road invest over €5.6m in Europa Flow – an innovative product which successfully allows goods to move quickly and efficiently between the UK and EU with minimal delays.