Rapidly growing Manchester fintech opens new Dubai office


Manchester-headquartered payments fintech, Total Processing, has opened its first office outside of Europe, expanding internationally with a new base in Dubai.

Located at the heart of the city’s business district at One Central Dubai, the new office will allow the firm to strengthen its strategic partnerships with key clients based within the MENA region, enabling them to grow their footprint significantly.

Total Processing’s co-founder Alex Leigh will head up operations in the region, alongside new appointments Danny Makin, who joins as regional head (MENA), and Alex Morris as head of sales (MENA).

The fintech company will be supporting merchants in the Middle East looking to bridge the digital gap in commerce solutions – offering both online and in-store payment solutions to businesses looking to meet consumer shopping preferences. Over the next few months, Total Processing will be actively looking to boost its headcount in the region even further, with a number of new vacancies available.

Commenting on the move, Alex Leigh said: “Total Processing has built a stellar client portfolio and reputation within the European market, and our expansion into the Middle East is another step towards our goal of becoming the most customer focused payments company in the world.

“Historically, there has been a lack of alternative payment methods and a data-driven offering that has held many MENA-based businesses back. Working closely with a well-established network of acquirers, we will be solving this problem. With additional points of service such as recurring payments and rich data analytics, we will be providing customers with a bespoke payment processing service that solves their pain points and enables them to take their businesses to the next level.”

Total Processing has also undergone rapid expansion to its UK operations. Following a £5 million investment from BOOST&Co last year, the business has seen a triple digit increase in revenue, bolstered its headcount with over 30 new employees, and relocated its UK headquarters to larger premises at 111 Piccadilly, Manchester.

Over the next 12 months, the company will continue to expand its global footprint, as it looks to create an additional 30 jobs with the launch of new offices across the UK and Europe.

Cameron Lee, director and head of strategy at Total Processing, added: “The pandemic has supercharged e-commerce and consumer spending has shifted towards digital channels. This has led to a huge spike in demand for our services and we are continually pushing boundaries to deliver for all of our new partners, providing a bespoke service for both large corporates and innovative start-ups. This is a really pivotal moment for Total Processing as we enable growth for merchants across the globe.”

Founded in 2015, Total Processing is now one of the UK’s fastest growing fintech companies, delivering solutions to more than 3,000 clients and disrupting the payments sector through the delivery of custom payment solutions across online and in-store channels worldwide.