Bamboo Technology sees growth in Australian penal market

Lee Hibbert, Bamboo's Director of Digital Assurance
Bamboo Technology Lee Hibbert

A Cheltenham company which develops software to securely manage the movement of prisoners around different locations has broken into the Australian market with support from the Department for International Trade (DIT) as part of the drive to level up businesses in the region.

In the past year exports of Bamboo Technology’s software have grown by 112 per cent to Australia, and its sales to the market are expected to reach more than £2.5 million by 2026.

Philip Thomas, the company’s Director of Business Architecture and Technology said: “Previously, the system would have been very manual, so our solution makes very sensitive data relating to prisoners, much more secure.

“About 4 years ago we mobilised the Western Australian contract and this year we are rolling it out in South Australia.”

DIT has supported the company to export since 2018 which has included advice on cyber security via the overseas team in Australia. The company’s International Trade Adviser at DIT (Stefano Pucello) has also supported them to develop an Export Action Plan, including an export risk management plan.

Lee Hibbert, the company’s Director of Digital Assurance, said: “DIT’s services has allowed Bamboo to improve its digital resilience and increase our exporting risk appetite. During a time where most businesses are surviving it has allowed Bamboo thrive.”

Paul Shand, Head of Trade for DIT in the South West said: “Bamboo Technology’s success in Australia demonstrates the strong demand for high-quality technology services overseas.

 “Trade will play an important role in getting our economy back on track and Bamboo Technology is a great example of how companies can look to lucrative overseas markets to boost their sales whilst creating more jobs.

 “Companies such as Bamboo Technology may well benefit from an impending free trade agreement with Australia, working with DIT will ensure they are kept abreast of developments and opportunities.”