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UKFast.Net Ltd or UKFast is a Manchester-based business-to-business hosting provider, offering bespoke dedicated and virtual hosting solutions within the UK web hosting industry. UKFast looks after 250,000 e-commerce web sites.[1][2]

Its headquarters are located at the top of the city tower making it the highest office space [3] in Manchester city centre. Its servers are located in three independent data centers in both Manchester and London, MANOC1, MANOC2 and Telehouse North (London). MANOC (Manchester Network Operation Centre) was originally set up at Manchester Universities Computer Building, the home of the worlds first computer.

UKFast hosts hundreds of thousands of domain names on its internet servers. Customers such as UKTV and BP employ it to host their websites. The company is expanding by organic growth and sales have risen 67% a year from £1.4m in 2005 to £6.4m in 2008.[4]Figures for the year ending 31st December 2010 report a turnover of £12,172,039. [5]

In a blog post from February 2012, Lawrence Jones implied UKFast had a revenue of USD 34.78 million (around GBP 22 million). [6]

UKFast Training and Personal Growth UKFast owns a training property in Snowdonia comprising a house, a cottage and a static caravan,[7] which combines as a training centre and recreational escape for staff. Employees experience climbing weekends in Snowdon which promote camaraderie between departments and promotes a healthy lifestyle.[8]

UKFast.TV Training videos are also available to employees on iPods which are frequently updated with new material.[9]

Company history

UKFast was founded in September 1999 by Lawrence Jones and his wife Gail. UKFast has won 7 ISPA's awards in 6 consecutive years, including "Best Hosting Provider", "Best Dedicated Hosting Provider Award" and "Best Customer Service"[2][10]

UKFast was ranked 70th in the Small Companies sub-category of the Sunday Times list of "Best Companies To Work For Award" for 2010[11]

UKFast won the 2008 MEN (Manchester Evening News) Business of the year (£10m category) [12] whilst the managing director Lawrence Jones won "Young Director of the Year 2007".[13] In October 2011, Lawrence Jones was nominated North West Entrepreneur of the Year at the EN business awards [14]

Deloitte Fast 50 ranked UKFast as 3rd fastest growing company in the North [15] and the 28th in the UK in 2008.[16]

In September 2009 UKFast entered the Sunday Times TechTrack 100 at number 38 making it the fastest growing hosting company in the UK and the fastest growing technical company in Manchester.[17]

UKFast was the only SME in the North West to win a place in the UK's 50 Best Workplaces 2011, according to the Great Places To Work institute. [18]

Sponsorship

The company signed a record £2.5m sponsorship deal with the Sale Sharks Rugby Club in May 2009. Lawrence Jones announced on his personal blog[19] that the 3 year sponsorship deal that would have taken UKFast's involvement with the Sharks to 12 years[20] would be cut short. UKFast also sponsors Airwaves-Yamaha[21] one of the British Superbike teams.

UKFast partners with Manchester Camerata, a Manchester based chamber orchestra.[22]

Corporate Social Responsibility

UKFast sponsored a high profile celebrity fund raising event in July 2009 hosted by Sarah Ferguson the Duchess of York. The Duchess teamed up with co-founders Gail and Lawrence Jones, directors of UKFast, who contributed financially to the Duchess on the Estate Project. The purpose of the sponsorship was to raise money for a community project in Northern Moor in Sale. The "Duchess on the Estate" was televised on ITV and successfully raised enough funds to complete the centre and raise awareness in the area.[23]

UKFast sponsors Five Stars Scanner Appeal to help raise £250,000 for a new MRI scanner, to be housed at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

UKFast teams up with skin cancer charity Factor 50 to help them raise awareness and funding for continued research.[24]

References

  1. "UKFast hosts 250,000 e-commerce web sites". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/manchester/content/articles/2008/11/17/171108_online_sales_feature.shtml. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "UKFast nets award". Manchester Evening News. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/technology/s/1042199_ukfast_nets_award. 
  3. "UKFast occupies highest office in Manchester". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/manchester/content/articles/2008/11/17/171108_online_sales_feature.shtml. 
  4. "Sunday Times TechTrack 2009". Sunday Times TechTrack. http://www.fasttrack.co.uk/fasttrack2002/migration/dbDetails.asp?siteID=3&compID=2637&yr=2009. 
  5. "UKFast Milestones". Companies House. http://www.ukfast.co.uk/company-milestones.html. 
  6. Alto Ego. Lawrence Jones.
  7. Snowdon Lake House. Snowdon Lake House.
  8. "Best Companies 2008 Personal Growth". Sunday Times Best Companies Guide. http://www.bestcompaniesguide.co.uk/company_profile.aspx?CompanySurveyID=41672. 
  9. "Best Companies Line". Sunday Times Best Companies Guide. http://www.bestcompaniesguide.co.uk/company_profile.aspx?CompanySurveyID=41672. 
  10. "From snowy 'tomb' to place in the sun". Manchester Evening News. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/business/s/208/208728_from_snowy_tomb_to_place_in_the_sun.html. 
  11. "Sunday Times Best Places To Work 2010". Sunday Times. http://www.bestcompanies.co.uk/more_information.aspx?CompanyID=54876&SurveyID=49. 
  12. "Business of the year winners 2008". Manchester Evening News. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/business/s/1116583_the_battle_begins. 
  13. "Young Director of the Year 2007". Manchester Evening News. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/business/s/1017192_rail_supremo_lands_top_award. 
  14. "EN Entrepreneur of the year 2011". Excel Publishing. http://www.enforbusiness.com/entrepreneur-year-award-winners-2011. 
  15. "Deloitte Fast 50 Regional". Deloitte. http://www.deloitte.co.uk/fast50/winners/regional-ranking-2008/#block_north. 
  16. "Deloitte Fast 50 2008 Winner list". Deloitte. http://www.deloitte.co.uk/fast50/winners/winners-list-2008/. 
  17. "Sunday Times TechTrack 2009". Sunday Times TechTrack. http://www.fasttrack.co.uk/fasttrack2002/migration/dbIndex.asp?siteID=3&searchName=&yr=2009&sort=num&area1=99. 
  18. "Best Workplaces". Great Place to Work Institute. http://www.ukfast.co.uk/press-releases/ukfast-wins-best-workplace-in-north-west-.html. 
  19. http://www.lawrencejones.eu/search-marketing/2011/04/18/game-over/
  20. "Sale enjoy life in the UKFast lane". Manchester Evening News. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/rugby_union/s/1115842_sale_enjoy_life_in_ukfast_lane. 
  21. http://www.airwaves-yamaha.co.uk/sponsors.html
  22. "UKFast partners with Manchester Camerata". Manchester Camerata. http://www.manchestercamerata.co.uk/supportus/corporate-partners. 
  23. "Sarah Ferguson the Duchess of York". ITV, Duchess on the Estate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6e3TXj58bc. 
  24. "Five stars scanner appeal". How-Do. http://www.how-do.co.uk/north-west-media-news/north-west-digital-media/ukfast-reveals-website-for-five-stars-scanner-appeal-200907075806/. 

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