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People power for Europa

[ January 12, 2022   //   ]

Europa Worldwide Group has completed the first phase of its Human Resources (HR) transformation programme. It gives key UK locations their own dedicated HR member of staff – HR business partners – to support teams on site.
Eight new HR business partners have been externally recruited. Each has now been allocated so staff have their own named HR person to liaise with. Emma Jackson, Debi Rodgers, Bradley Earp, Juliette Battison, Sherelle White, Clare Maund, Aimee Stokes, and Debra Marks have worked in a broad range of sectors and offers expertise across all areas of employment.
Previously HR was more centralised, rather than being an integral part of site operations. However, said the operator, this needed to change to reflect Europa’s expanded geographical footprint as new sites opened and the firm’s significant growth in recent years.
HR Hubs have also been introduced at the sites. These are dedicated resources so staff (particularly those whose jobs are not desk based) can log in and view their own personalised HR information as well as wider Group information.
The objective is to ensure the HR function is strategically aligned with the organisation’s intended future direction and is fully embedded across the UK divisions of Europa’s commercial portfolio.
New Central Services Director, Tom Jenkins, has overseen the changes. He said: “Providing the right HR support for a growing business is crucial. Our ambition is to harness the talents of all employees so they can reach their potential and enable Europa Worldwide Group to achieve its commercial expectations.
“Our forecasts predict an upward workforce recruitment trajectory, as we strive to achieve a bold £400m turnover target. It is imperative we have the right HR structure in place to achieve this so we can secure our place as the leading logistics firm in the British market.”
He added that Europa wanted to lead by example and showcase the very best employment practices in the response to concerns raised that the transport and logistics sector is lagging in its HR capabilities.