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Key Milestones in UKFast History

Our milestones represent key moments in UKFast's history. They give a snap shot of some of the achievements that we're really proud of.

December 2013

UKFast wins DataCenter Dynamics Award for Innovation in Outsourcing. The award recognises the constant development and innovation that sits at the heart of UKFast.

November 2013

UKFast joins the latest phase of the Government's cloud initiative, proudly becoming a G-Cloud 4 approved supplier.

November 2013

Jo Swinson, Britain's Women and Equalities Minister pays a visit to the UKFast Headquarters, to formally open the business's new Child and Parent zone.

October 2013

Lawrence Jones vows to change the face of apprenticeships with the launch of the UKFast training scheme. The apprenticeship scheme pays complete salaries and offers full Ofsted accredited training.

September 2013

UKFast adds FlexPod™ to its cloud portfolio as it continues to drive growth in the public sector.

August 2013

UKFast launches a £1m scheme to provide a safer environment online. While many other providers hike the cost of security to cash in on businesses' cyber fears, UKFast's BASEfund offers grants of up to £5,000 to help firms to protect themselves online.

July 2013

Lawrence Jones commits £4.5m to UKFast's first ever graduate scheme, cementing the firm's mission to bridge the technology skills gap by investing in education and training. The scheme will see UKFast hire 50 graduates within 12 months.

June 2013

UKFast launches its giant-rivalling eCloud range. The elastic cloud is the largest of its type in the UK and combines the very best cloud technology including 3Par and Cisco UCS Blades.

May 2013

UKFast scoops its second Data Centre Solutions award, taking home the accolade for Service Provider of the Year. With an ever-growing data centre portfolio, the win is a nod to the hard work of the whole UKFast team and the bravey of taking the leap into the data centre arena.

April 2013

An exciting month as we launch our new Enterprise division catering solely for some of the world's busiest websites and highly-complex, bespoke hosting solutions.

March 2013

A great month for awards as we scooped two categories at the City of Manchester Business Awards, winning 'Digital Business of the Year' and a special Sponsor's Award.

March 2013

More celebrations this month as we reach our highest-ever position in The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For, climbing an incredible 20 places to be placed 25th.

February 2013

We scored a coveted win at the Institute of Customer Service Awards, winning the prestigious Employee Engagement Strategy of the Year for investment in our team.

January 2013

UKFast completed a landmark £3.2m property deal, acquiring No1 The Archway to expand our UK cloud services and improve connectivity for Manchester's online businesses.

2012

December 2012

We celebrated winning Special Assignment Team of the Year at the DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards, a top data centre accolade.

December 2012

We opened Manchester's most powerful data centre complex, the £14m DCPlex™ in Trafford Park, boosting connectivity and power in the North West.

October 2012

Secarma is launched in response to growing demand from clients across the UK. Secarma specialises in IT security and disaster recovery services including forensic, ethical testing and crisis management.

September 2012

Celebrations at UKFast as we are shortlisted in three categories at this year's National Business Awards UK : Entrepreneur of the Year; Huawei Customer Focus Award and Employer of the Year.

August 2012

We achieve an industry first with the launch of our own on-site data recovery clean room. By being located within our data centre data recovery can start immediately.

July 2012

Our investment continues with a £1m redevelopment planned for the office and creation of the UKFast Academy.

July 2012

We announce our expansion onto a further floor of Manchester's City Tower, taking an additional 4,000sq feet on the 16th floor.

June 2012

We are placed 7th in the UK's medium-sized Great Workplaces list, and 31st in the European SME Great Workplaces list, collated by the Great Place to Work Institute.

June 2012

CEO Lawrence Jones is named Ernst and Young Northern Technology Entrepreneur 2012.

May 2012

Our revolutionary cloud solution MyCloudStack is named Private Cloud Product of the Year 2012 at the Data Centre Solutions Awards.

April 2012

Lawrence Jones moves up to CEO of the company, setting a focus on the strategic growth of UKFast. Communications director Jonathan Bowers is appointed acting managing director.

March 2012

We secure the property for three new data centres, bringing 14,500sq ft of additional data centre space to Manchester.

February 2012

We were recognised as one of the best workplaces in the UK for the fourth year running, placing 45th in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work For 2012.

2011

October 2011

Lawrence Jones is named North West Entrepreneur of the Year at the EN Awards.

June 2011

We open our first green data centre, embracing the latest in energy saving technology.

January 2011

We make a significant step by adding ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 to our list of ISO accreditations. The standards guarantee extremely high levels of quality and environmental management.

2010

November 2010

We win the Employer of the year award at the IT industry awards in London.

October 2010

We announce the launch of UKFast Energy and become 100% Carbon Neutral for not only our own business but all hosting solutions we provide.

May 2010

We are proud to announce that UKFast is officially the most fun and friendly place to work in the UK according to the Financial Times latest "Great Places to Work" survey.

2009

December 2009

We celebrate 10 years at the forefront of the hosting industry

September 2009

The CloudHosts brand launches.

August 2009

We launch cloud hosting services

2008

December 2008

We are the first to bring ecommerce Hyper - V server packages to the UK market.

September 2008

The Dedicated Hosting brand launches

March 2008

We win Best Dedicated Host at the ISPA Awards for the fourth year running.

2007

April 2007

We move into the 28th Floor of City Tower beginning an expansion drive that will increase staff by 66 per cent. The move puts us on top of the city in officially the highest office space in the region.

February 2007

We launch UKFast.tv

2006

June 2006

The worlds most downloaded science podcast, The Naked Scientists joins our network to take advantage of high grade bandwidth.

February 2006

UKnom launches

2005

February 2005

We are the ISPAs Best Hosting Provider, beating Tiscali

2004

June 2004

Independent Web Monitor Webperf first tests the Network and finds 100% availability for all clients.

May 2004

We launch SafeDNS®

2003

February 2003

We establish a Research & Development department and predicting market demand becomes a speciality.

January 2003

ResellerPLUS launches

2002

July 2002

With the launch of the GraphiteRack brand, we focus on dedicated servers placing us at the forefront of the industry.

2001

August 2001

We become technical sponsor of Sale Sharks Premier Rugby Club and provide services to Tesco, Coca Cola and Weetabix.

2000

March 2000

Our Reseller model is a favourite with Web Design companies.

1999

September 1999

UKFast is established to offer definitive internet hosting to all UK businesses with exceptional customer service and support.