The firm, which supplies electronic point-of-sale and back-office solutions to international restaurant and leisure groups, have leased the top two floors of a Georgian period building which has been transformed from a derelict shell by Allenby Commercial.
In just over six years Trevalis’ managing director James Cook has turned the business into a multi-million pound success story, with a list of influential contacts within the industry and ambitious targets for the future.
He said: “We founded the business in 2005 and focused on software development for the first four years. We started to see significant growth about 18 months ago with one new contract after another. Turnover is expected to exceed £2.5 million this year and we hope to add another £800,000 next year.
“We have ambitious growth based on what we are doing now and how we are doing it. We are getting to the level where we are starting to attract household name businesses with multiple sites and we are still getting the recurring revenue from existing clients.”
The business lends its success partly to working with influential industry figures including Michelin-starred chef Mark Hix and TV chef Russell Norman, as well as the decision to sell software direct rather than through re-sellers.
Its customer base includes Hotel Chocolat, the Historic Royal Palaces, St Andrews Links, London Zoo and an array of high-end restaurant operators.
It also has partner organisations operating from Dubai, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur, alongside a 30-strong team in Hull.
Speaking on the recent move, Mr Cook said: “It’s the best move we have made and from a recruitment point of view it’s been fantastic. We have been taking on about two staff per month for the last nine months. We are bidding for contracts worth £1 million or more.
“We will keep doing what we’ve been doing for the last five years but we’ll be doing it on a global scale.”
Allenby Commercial bought the building in 2014 and relocated from Hessle to support city centre investments which include offices, a new hotel project and a decorated fibre-glass moth which is part of the Amy Johnson Festival.
Charlie Allenby, the company’s contracts manager, said: “We bought the building from Hull City Council with the remit to bring jobs into the city centre and provide inward investment and we are proud of what we have achieved. We have attracted an innovative, growing company that employs skilled labour in the technology sector.
“We see Hull as a growth market and we want to be part of the city centre for 2017 and going forward.”
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