UKFast

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UKFast.Net Ltd
Industry Internet hosting
Founded 1999
Headquarters UKFast Campus, Birley Fields, Manchester, M15 5QJ
Key people CEO + Founder
Lawrence Jones
Commercial Director + Co-Founder
Gail Jones
Technical Director
Neil Lathwood
Managing Director
Jonathan Bowers
Website http://www.ukfast.co.uk


UKFast.Net Ltd is a business-to-business hosting company based in Manchester, UK. It is principally known for managed hosting, cloud services, and colocation. The business also owns a data centre complex in Trafford Park, Manchester.[1]

Company History[edit]

UKFast was founded in September 1999 by Welsh businessman Lawrence Jones and his partner Gail.[2]

In 2007, the company moved to the highest office space in Manchester – the 28th floor of City Tower. As UKFast expanded, it acquired further space on the 16th floor, before moving in 2013 to UKFast Campus, in the Birley Fields area of Hulme.[3][4]

Having received the PAS 2060 Certification of Carbon Neutrality from the British Standards Institution in 2010, UKFast was certified as 100% carbon neutral.[5]

In 2013 the firm launched eCloud, a range of cloud hosting services whose hardware infrastructure reportedly cost £12million to build.[6] In that year, the business turned over £20m.[7]

Sponsorship[edit]

UKFast partners with Manchester Camerata, a Manchester-based chamber orchestra. Lawrence Jones, UKFast's CEO, joined the board of the Manchester Camerata in 2009 after helping the orchestra develop and host its new website.[8] The orchestra now uses UKFast’s auditorium for performances and networking events.[9]

In the sporting world, the firm was the main sponsor of rugby union club Sale Sharks in 2009.[10] UKFast also sponsored local rugby league club Salford Reds in 2011, collaborating with internet design consultancy Harper James to launch the club’s new website.[11] From 2014, the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation’s young athletes on the “Road to Rio” were able to use the UKFast gym free of charge, as part of the company’s ‘Year of Giving’ initiative.[12]

Corporate Social Responsibility Projects[edit]

At the end of 2013, CEO Lawrence Jones took the team of builders away from working on the development of UKFast Campus to a house in Wythenshawe. Here, the builders and many members of the UKFast team helped to build a sensory shed for an autistic seven-year-old boy called Harvey – after arsonists had destroyed a sensory shed created by his parents for his Christmas present.[13] After completing the Harvey's Den Project, UKFast launched the Random Acts of Kindness Year for 2014.[14]

UKFast's other notable charity projects include helping to raise £250,000 for a new MRI scanner in the "Five Stars Scanner Appeal" for the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital; sponsoring and offering free use of the UKFast gym to the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation; and competing in charity sporting events such as the Creative Cup - a charity football tournament in aid of the Alzheimer's Society - and the Great Manchester 10K Run.[15][16][17][18]

Awards and Accreditations[edit]

Between 2005 and 2009, UKFast won six ISPA awards and was named "Best Hosting Provider" for four years running.[19][20][21][22][23]

UKFast received the Data Centre Solutions Awards’ "Private Cloud Product of the Year" in 2012 and the DatacenterDynamics Award for "Innovation in Outsourcing" in 2013.[24][25]

In the same year, UKFast received the National Business Awards "Employer of the Year" award and the Institute of Customer Service "Employee Engagement Strategy of the Year" awards.[26][27]

UKFast has also featured in the Sunday Times "100 Best Small Companies to Work For" and the Great Place to Work Institute’s "Best Workplaces" lists, placing 28th and 12th respectively in 2014, 25th and 5th respectively in 2013, and 45th and 7th respectively in 2012.[28][29][30][31][32][33]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "How Lawrence Jones Built UKFast Into A Multi Million Pound Empire". Your Hidden Potential. 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Insider News North West – UKFast expands in City Tower and more lettings". insidermedia.com. 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Barry, Chris (2013). "SME  /  UKFast snaps up 1 Archway for latest data centre THEBUSINESSDESK.COM". thebusinessdesk.com. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Foster, Pete (2014). "Sustainable data centres | Guardian Sustainable Business | theguardian.com". theguardian.com. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Graham, James (2014). "News / UKFast launches 'UK's biggest cloud' THEBUSINESSDESK.COM". thebusinessdesk.com. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "UKFast beats £20m turnover target". insidermedia.com. 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  8. ^ South, Joanne (2009). "Arts & Business – Evolution of Partnerships: Impact of Technology on Cultural Partnerships". aandbscotland.org.uk. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Member News: Manchester Camerata Launches Business Network". Great Manchester Chamber of Commerce. 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "News - UKFast Becomes Sale Sharks Main Sponsor". manchestercamerata.co.uk. 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "New Website For A New Era". Salfordreds.co.uk. 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Tech firm gives back to Diane Modahl Foundation". Messenger Newspapers. 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Wheatstone, Richard (2014). "Autistic boy enjoys new sensory room after arsonists torched his shed on Christmas morning". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Doidge, Fleur (2014). "Randon UKFast acts set athletes on road to Rio". channelweb.co.uk. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Companies Supporting Five Stars". fivestarsappeal.co.uk. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Tech firm gives back to Diane Modahl Foundation". Messenger Newspapers. 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  17. ^ Donald, Robert (2013). "Creative Cup raises £2,500 for Alzheimer's Society". Quays News. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  18. ^ Doidge, Fleur (2012). "Thirty-five run really UKFast for charity". channelweb.co.uk. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
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  21. ^ "2007". The Internet Service Providers' Association. 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "2008". The Internet Service Providers' Association. 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "2009". The Internet Service Providers' Association. 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "2012 Winners and Runners-Up". DCS Awards. 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "2013 DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards Winners". DatacenterDynamics.com. 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  26. ^ "Winners of the National Business Awards 2013". National Business Awards UK. 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "UK Customer Satisfaction Awards - winners announced". Institute of Customer Service. 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  28. ^ O'Connell, Dominic (2014). "The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "2014 UK's Best Workplaces - Medium Category". Great Place to Work Institute. 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "The UK's Best 100 Companies, 2013: Best 100 Small Companies". Best Companies (via Sunday Times). 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "2013 UK's Best Workplaces - Medium Category". Great Place to Work Institute. 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  32. ^ "The UK's Best 100 Companies, 2012: Best 100 Small Companies". Best Companies (via Sunday Times). 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  33. ^ "2012 UK's Best Workplaces - Medium Category". Great Place to Work Institute. 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 

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