Lawrence Jones (businessman)

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Lawrence Jones
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Born Lawrence Nigel Jones
(1968-08-01) 1 August 1968 (age 45)
Denbigh, North Wales, UK
Residence Cheshire, England
Occupation CEO of UKFast
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Gail Jones
Children 3 daughters
Website
www.lawrencejones.eu

Lawrence Nigel Jones (born 1 August 1968) is a businessman and digital entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of the Manchester-based colocation, dedicated and cloud hosting provider, UKFast.[1]

In 2012, Lawrence Jones was named Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year and, in 2013, he received ‘Director of the Year for a Small to Medium Company’ at the Institute of Directors’ awards ceremony.[2][3]

Early Life[edit]

Jones was born in Denbigh, North Wales. He attended Ruthin School before going on to study music at Durham Chorister School.[4][5]

Career[edit]

UKFast

Jones formed UKFast with his partner Gail in 1999.[6]

The hosting and colocation business operates a data centre complex in Trafford Park, Manchester, and has over 200 employees.[7][8] In 2013, the firm's turnover was £20million.[9]

Company Awards

UKFast has been awarded the National Business Award for ‘Employer of the Year’, the firm is also a six-time ISPA winner, and has been listed as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the UK in the Deloitte Fast 50 and the Sunday Times Tech Track.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19]

In 2013, UKFast was awarded the "Objective HR Employee Engagement Strategy of the Year" at the Institute of Customer Service's Customer Satisfaction Awards; the firm has also featured on the Sunday Times list of Best Companies to Work For, and The Great Workplace Institute's Great Place to Work list.[20][21][22][23][24][25][26]

UKFast was awarded the Data Centre Solutions Awards’ "Private Cloud Product of the Year" in 2012, as well as the DatacenterDynamics Award for "Innovation in Outsourcing" in 2013.[27][28]

Personal Life[edit]

Lawrence and Gail Jones have three daughters: Tegan, Poppy and Coco.[29] They live in Cheshire, England.[30]

External Links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "’My Way’ – UKFast’s CEO Lawrence Jones". Manchester Evening News. 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award Recipients". Ernst & Young. 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "North West Director of the Year Awards". Institute of Directors. 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Owen (2013). "Entrepreneur targeting North Wales for cutting edge data centre". The Daily Post. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "National Business Awards Entrepreneur finalist focus: Lawrence Jones, UKFast". Business Matters Magazine. 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "How Lawrence Jones Built UKFast Into A Multi Million Pound Empire". Your Hidden Potential. 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Finnegan, Matthew (2012). "UKFast launches new data centre complex in Manchester". techworld.com. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Chapman, Stephen (2013). "UKFast invests £2m into family friendly working environment". Prolific North. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "UKFast beats £20m turnover target". insidermedia.com. 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Winners of the National Business Awards 2013". National Business Awards. 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "2005". The Internet Service Providers' Association. 2005. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "2006". The Internet Service Providers' Association. 2006. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "2007". The Internet Service Providers' Association. 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "2008". The Internet Service Providers' Association. 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "2009". The Internet Service Providers' Association. 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Previous Winners: 2009; Previous Winners: 2008". deloitte.co.uk. 2008; 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "2009 Tech Track 100 League Table". The Sunday Times. 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "2010 Tech Track 100 League Table". The Sunday Times. 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "2011 Tech Track 100 League Table". The Sunday Times. 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "UK Customer Satisfaction Awards - winners announced". Institute of Customer Service. 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  21. ^ O'Connell, Dominic (2014). "The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "The UK's Best 100 Companies, 2013: Best 100 Small Companies". Best Companies (via Sunday Times). 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "The UK's Best 100 Companies, 2012: Best 100 Small Companies". Best Companies (via Sunday Times). 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "2014 UK's Best Workplaces - Medium Category". Great Place to Work Institute. 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "2013 UK's Best Workplaces - Medium Category". Great Place to Work Institute. 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  26. ^ "2012 UK's Best Workplaces - Medium Category". Great Place to Work Institute. 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "2012 Winners and Runners-Up". DCS Awards. 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  28. ^ "2013 DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards Winners". DatacenterDynamics.com. 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "’My Way’ – UKFast’s CEO Lawrence Jones". Manchester Evening News. 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "The Cheshire Life Glitz List 2013". Cheshire Life. 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2014.