Europlus Direct acquires new offices to help meet growth plans

IBM services and support company Europlus Direct has acquired new offices to cater for its future growth.

HSBC’s Leeds and Bradford commercial centre has supported the acquisition of the 6,100 sq ft site, near Leeds Bradford Airport, via a £450,000 funding package.

The Airport West office will also be home to Europlus Direct’s founder and chief executive, Jim Hart’s sister business – multilingual recruitment and language translation company, One Global.

Mr Hart said: “The move to Airport West has two core benefits; it gives us the capacity to grow and it also sends out a message to our international clients that we are focused on the overseas markets and we are flexible and accessible. 

“This is the logical next step in the development of the business.”

Saltaire-headquartered Europlus said it expects to grow turnover from £7.2m last year to £9m in 2013, on  the back of further international expansion into the likes of Africa, China, Latin America and India over the next 12 months.

The company also has offices in a number of African countries, Australia, South Africa and  Europe and recently opened its first office in the US. In April, it was  awarded its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its work in international trade.

The deal was led on behalf of the bank by international commercial manager Liam Penfield and Europlus worked with commercial property consultants Atkinson Associates to source the property.

Mike Hemingway, HSBC Leeds and Bradford area commercial director, said: “Europlus is a great role model that has identified a need in the international  marketplace and is taking its services around the world.

“We believe  the  UK’s economic recovery will be export-led so the company is a great example to other Yorkshire businesses.”