Europa Worldwide Group has opened its first sales branch in Wales as part of a £500,000 plan to expand Europa Road’s sales network.

The opening of the branch in Wales closely follows the launch of a Europa Road sales branch in Liverpool earlier this month.

The Europa Road division provides European road freight services and has a network of 16 UK branches trunk into the group’s central hub in Dartford, from where freight connects with daily, direct services to 30 continental hubs.

The Europa Road Cardiff office opens with a team of five, based at the Regus Cardiff Gate Business House in Pontprennau, Cardiff.

The Cardiff team is headed up by branch manager, Chelsea Bartlett. She joins the group with over seven years of account management expertise, built up in roles across the parcel delivery industry for a range of household brand names including DHL, UK Mail and TNT.

Bartlett said: “This is a super opportunity to help shape and grow the Europa Road team in Cardiff, which we aim to increase to ten staff members by the end of the year. I’m thrilled to have been appointed to lead the Welsh branch of the business in this new regional chapter and look forward to securing a new and growing customer base in the coming months.”

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Adrian Redmile, Europa Road’s branch network and sales director, said: “We’d like to welcome Chelsea 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 Cardiff means we will be able to support Cardiff’s growing supply chain needs with import and export – specifically on our pan European daily services.”

This is the first time in Europa Worldwide’s 50-plus year history that the business has had a presence in Wales. The group said this week that it sees the region offering “immense growth potential.”

The Office for National Statistics figures show that 3,000 more businesses registered in Wales in 2021 than in 2019, which the group believes makes Wales “an entrepreneurial destination” which is ripe for investment and sustained commercial growth.

The significant numbers of manufacturers located in Wales was an additional deciding factor, the group said, along with the area’s export performance, which saw the value of goods exported for the year ending 2019 reached £17.7bn, a 34% increase since 2015, with forecasts predicting a continued upward growth trajectory.