Lawrence Jones (businessman)

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Lawrence Jones
Born Lawrence Nigel Jones
(1968-08-01) 1 August 1968 (age 48)
Denbigh, North Wales, UK
Residence Cheshire, England
Occupation CEO of UKFast
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Gail Jones
Children 4 daughters

Lawrence Nigel Jones MBE (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]

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 [2][3] before attending Ruthin School 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 2014, the firm's turnover was £28.9million.[9]

In May 2010 Lawrence Jones joined the board of directors of the Manchester Camerata.[10][11]

Lawrence Jones owns Castell Cidwm estate near the village of Betws Garmon originally owned by the Marquis of Anglesey who used the Castell Cidwm country house as his hunting lodge. [12]

Lawrence Jones acquired Le Farinet Hotel in Swiss ski resort Verbier in September 2014 [13]

Honours and awards[edit]

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.[14][15]

Jones was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to the digital economy.[16][17]

In July 2016 Jones received an honorary doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Manchester Metropolitan University [18]

Personal life[edit]

Lawrence and Gail Jones have four daughters.[19] They live in Cheshire, England.[20]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "'My Way' – UKFast's CEO Lawrence Jones". Manchester Evening News. 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Hughes, Owen (2013). "Entrepreneur targeting North Wales for cutting edge data centre". The Daily Post. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "National Business Awards Entrepreneur finalist focus: Lawrence Jones, UKFast". Business Matters Magazine. 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
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  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. ^ "'Impressive Year of Growth for UKFast'". Manchester Evening News. 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Lawrence Jones Joins Manchester Camerata Board". UKPRWIRE. 
  11. ^ "UKFast partners with Manchester Camerata". Manchester Camerata. 
  12. ^ "Entrepreneur Targeting North Wales for cutting edge data centre". Daily Post. 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "'Lawrence Jones acquires first hotel in world-famous Swiss ski resort'". Manchester Evening News. 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award Recipients" (PDF). Ernst & Young. 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "North West Director of the Year Awards". Institute of Directors. 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  16. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 61092. p. N21. 31 December 2014.
  17. ^ 2015 New Year Honours List
  18. ^ "Lawrence Jones MBE, CEO of UKFast, talks about receiving his honorary degree". MMU. 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "'My Way' – UKFast's CEO Lawrence Jones". Manchester Evening News. 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "The Cheshire Life Glitz List 2013". Cheshire Life. 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2014.