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

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]



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]

Personal life[edit]

Lawrence and Gail Jones have three daughters.[10] They live in Cheshire, England.[11]

External links[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". 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". 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "’My Way’ – UKFast’s CEO Lawrence Jones". Manchester Evening News. 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "The Cheshire Life Glitz List 2013". Cheshire Life. 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2014.