Andrew Baxter, the Managing Director of Dartford-based logistics provider Europa Worldwide Group, is celebrating being named Freight Leader of the Year – five years since taking over the business.
Andrew was recognised for introducing a simpler business model at Europa, which employs 326 people at its 1Hub headquarters in Albion Road, and implementing separate, dedicated divisions for road, air & sea, warehouse and showfreight.
The second annual Logistics Leadership Awards, run by the Logistics Leaders Network, were held at St John’s Hotel in Solihull. Categories included Warehouse Leader of the Year and Emerging Leader of the Year, as well as awards for people development and innovation.
Judges looked for leaders who found solutions to any problem, communicated their ideas and plans in a simple way, and made time to empower their team. For Europa, its MBX (Money Back Express) service, which provides a full refund in the unlikely event of a late delivery, was highlighted by judges as a successful initiative.
Andrew Baxter said: “I’m delighted and honoured to receive this award from the Logistics Leaders Network. In the five years since the acquisition of Europa, we’ve made some bold decisions and I’m thrilled to see the far-reaching and positive impact of these choices. I’d like to thank our teams in road, warehouse, air & sea and showfreight for all their hard work in helping to achieve our goal of transforming Europa into a market leader. I couldn’t be happier with the progress the business is making and I look forward to many more exciting developments in the coming months and years.”
Europa has celebrated a number of milestones this year, including: reaching a turnover of £170m for the 12 months leading up to August 2018; being included in The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table for the first time and the acquisition of Belgian firm Continental Cargo Carriers.
Peter Acton, Chairman of the Logistics Leaders Network, said: “Our awards were a tremendous success and we had a brilliant evening celebrating the achievements of key players in the logistics industry. Congratulations to all our winners for continuing to raise the bar in standards of leadership.”
Europa Worldwide Group is a specialist road, air & sea, warehouse and showfreight operator employing 750 people across 14 sites in the UK, as well as Hong Kong and Belgium, and with representation in 100 countries.