Tech expansion at Portsmouth Technopole

From left at the back, Marie Sabatino, Michelle Soper-Dyer, Lee Bennett, Ibrahima Sory Kaba, Mike Humby, Stavros Michael, Gina Tjhai, Junia Phiong and Carol Barrett. Front, from left, Aniello Sabatino, Paul Simpson, Adam Pool, Pete Outen, Adam Swanson and Mark McGarry
From left at the back, Marie Sabatino, Michelle Soper-Dyer, Lee Bennett, Ibrahima Sory Kaba, Mike Humby, Stavros Michael, Gina Tjhai, Junia Phiong and Carol Barrett. Front, from left, Aniello Sabatino, Paul Simpson, Adam Pool, Pete Outen, Adam Swanson and Mark McGarry
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A SPECIALIST in retail software that touches the daily lives of many people has expanded in Portsmouth.

Transalis, which helps companies trade electronically without the need for costly paper documentation, underpins billions of pounds of stock orders every year, from clothes to food.

With growing demand for its services, the privately-owned firm has signed up to further space at five-storey Portsmouth Technopole, opposite the city’s port.

It is the latest on-site expansion for the digital ordering leader, which has 27 staff on site and relocated to the 20,000sq ft premises from London three years ago as it grows customers internationally and in Great Britain.

There are more than 10,000 users of Transalis’ global digital platform, including in retail, manufacturing, distribution, logistics, fast-moving consumer goods and health and beauty.

Adam Swanson, sales director at Transalis, said: ‘From an operational point of view, we are pleased to be at Portsmouth Technopole because the team at Oxford Innovation takes care of all our office-related needs, such as reception, mail, security and cleaning, allowing us to focus on what we do best.’

Peter Outen, centre manager at Portsmouth Technopole, said: ‘This is the third space requirement by Transalis within three years, reflecting the firm’s excellent growth, and we like accommodating scale-up requests. Transalis now occupies nearly 20,000sq ft in total.

‘It’s always satisfying to see our technology occupiers do so well.’

Transalis is becoming known for connecting supply chains digitally, with its cloud-based managed services meaning that on-the-go customers can access order information via multiple devices.’

Clients of Transalis include Microsoft, AS Watson – the largest international health and beauty retailer in Asia and Europe with more than 12,800 stores in 25 markets – international cafe chain Pret a Manger, and The Hut Group, a global online retailer in health and beauty.

Transalis provides business-to-business cloud-managed solutions and developed its award-winning supply chain solution, OpenEDI as the ‘glue’ to enable companies of all sizes, regardless of IT deployed, to communicate electronically and seamlessly anywhere in the world.

The firm was founded by joint managing directors Aniello Sabatino and Paul Simpson.