Europa Acquires Part of Rushden Company

Ambitious logistics operator, Europa Worldwide Group, has announced the acquisition of some of the trade and assets of Menzies Response.

Menzies Response has warehouse space in excess of 80,000 square feet and is based on Express Park in Rushden, Europa has bought it from Menzies Distribution. Previously known as Orbital Response, the business was acquired by Menzies Distribution in 2012 and re-branded in 2018.

The successful Europa business was established over 50 years ago, employs 800 staff and featured in The Sunday Times Top Track 250 (2018). It is going from strength to strength, reaching a turnover of £180m last year, with further growth expected for 2019.

The Rushden business will become part of the Europa Warehouse division – which already operates an award-winning warehouse at Grange Park in Northants plus others in Dartford (the firm’s HQ) and Minworth near Birmingham.

The business will continue as normal and Europa Warehouse will take over the existing customer base and 45 employees, utilising its expertise to grow and develop the company.

Europa’s Managing Director, Andrew Baxter, comments:

"The acquisition is a great start to the year for Europa, further adding to our growing portfolio. The Menzies’ assets are a perfect fit with Europa Warehouse and our aim is to strengthen, develop and grow the business."

Alongside the warehouse, Europa has also secured its PCI compliant contact centre based in Ashford, Kent, which will be re-branded as Europa Contact Centre.

He added:

“Our prior experience makes us well placed to deal with the subtle process of integrating new businesses into our Group and I look forward to welcoming Menzies Response’ staff to our team.”

Alongside the warehouse, Menzies Response also operates a PCI compliant contact centre, based in Ashford (45 employees). Europa Warehouse Director, Maria Torrent-March, comments:

“We are confident that now is the right time to expand and we know we have the right skills and ability to grow the Menzies Response business.”

In 2017 Europa Worldwide Group officially announced it was on the acquisition trail, with an ambition of annual acquisitions to strengthen its offering across all of our four divisions. In May last year Europa made its first acquisition with the Belgium based specialist part and full load operator, Continental Cargo Carriers.

Joining Europa’s 800 staff across its 14 sites in the UK, Belgium and Hong Kong, the Menzies Response staff will play a key role in Europa’s ambitious plans to expand to a £400m turnover operator in the next four years through a combination of organic growth and further acquisitions.

Europa Worldwide Group is a specialist road, air & sea and warehouse operator, in the UK plus operations in Belgium, Czech Republic and Hong Kong.