GROWTH PUTS SIMARCO FIRMLY ON MAP IN ESSEX
Another year of success has propelled one of the UK’s leading independent logistics firms into the ranks of the largest companies in its home county.
After posting a near 29 per cent rise in turnover in the year to April, Simarco Worldwide has been included in an independent ranking of the 100 biggest home-grown businesses in Essex.
The results of the research mean that Simarco, which also saw profits up by a third in the same period, becomes one of only four logistics companies to make the list.
Managing Director Trevor Scott described the news as another indication of the firm’s forward momentum.
It follows the announcement that a successful integration of two other specialist operators had seen the volume of air freight handled by Simarco increase by six per cent in the space of a year.
“We are very conscious of the playing a role in the local business community wherever we have facilities, not only as a company which is doing its best to grow but as a responsible employer.
“However, even though our operations extend across the UK and overseas, we very much regard Essex as being our home territory, so it’s delightful to be recognised as one of the most vibrant members of that county’s private sector.
“It’s yet another sign that the hard work which everyone associated with Simarco has invested in the two decades since the company has founded continues to pay off.
“We have made strenuous efforts to enable ourselves to weather the challenging current environment for enterprises which import or export goods to and from the UK and the logistics companies that support them.
“Part of that is down to our commitment to attract young talent to the logistics industry through our extensive apprenticeship programme and fully realise both their potential and that of our existing workforce.”
Mr Scott was speaking after the publication of research by the global business consultancy Grant Thornton and regional law firm Birketts.
He explained that the acquisition of two other South East companies – Formula Goss International (FGI) and Sutch and Searle – had helped contribute to Simarco’s strong showing.
Mr Scott said that the deals – which allowed Simarco to enhance air freight operations run from its home depot at Witham and at Stoke-on-Trent with a presence at Heathrow Airport – had seen the amount of such cargo carried increase by six per cent in a year.
He added that Simarco, which was established in 1997, had also been able to grow the size of the air freight team to 15, including the appointment of a new Head of Air Freight, Karl Parker.