Lawrence Jones (businessman)

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Lawrence Jones
Born Lawrence Nigel Jones
(1968-08-01) 1 August 1968 (age 46)
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. At 7 years old he won a scholarship to sing and study music at Durham Chorister School [4][5] before attending Ruthin School School.[6][7]

Career[edit]

Jones formed UKFast with his partner Gail in 1999.[8]

The hosting and colocation business operates a data centre complex in Trafford Park, Manchester, and has over 200 employees.[9][10] In 2013, the firm's turnover was £20million.[11]

Honours and awards[edit]

In 2012, Lawrence Jones was named Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2013, Jones received Director of the Year at the Institute of Director's awards ceremony.[12][13]


Jones was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to the digital economy.[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Lawrence and Gail Jones have three daughters.[16] They live in Cheshire, England.[17]

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" (PDF). 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. ^ http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/business/enterprise/my-way---ukfasts-ceo-1233847
  7. ^ http://www.moneymakermagazine.co.uk/how-i-made-it-lawrence-jones/
  8. ^ "How Lawrence Jones Built UKFast Into A Multi Million Pound Empire". Your Hidden Potential. 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Finnegan, Matthew (2012). "UKFast launches new data centre complex in Manchester". techworld.com. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Chapman, Stephen (2013). "UKFast invests £2m into family friendly working environment". Prolific North. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "UKFast beats £20m turnover target". insidermedia.com. 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  12. ^ http://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/2012-Award-Recipients/$FILE/2012-Award-Recipients.pdf
  13. ^ http://www.iod.com/connecting/local-networks/north-west/north-west-director-of-the-year-awards
  14. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 61092. p. N21. 31 December 2014.
  15. ^ 2015 New Year Honours List
  16. ^ "’My Way’ – UKFast’s CEO Lawrence Jones". Manchester Evening News. 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "The Cheshire Life Glitz List 2013". Cheshire Life. 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2014.