LAWRENCE JONES MBE, CEO OF UKFAST
With 25 years in business, Lawrence has run a number of businesses and UKFast and its people have become his passion. Here are ten fast facts on Lawrence's background to help you get to know our CEO.
Ten Fast Facts:
Awarded an MBE in 2015
Lawrence Jones was awarded an MBE in the 2015 New Year's Honours List for Services to the Digital Economy, a momentous occasion for a proud Brit.
Originally from North Wales
Lawrence grew up in Denbigh, North Wales, developing his entrepreneurial spirit and a love of rugby at Ruthin Boarding School.
Owned a Music Design Business
He sold his corporate entertainment business, the Music Design Company, to Granada in 1997.
UKFast established in 1999
Lawrence established UKFast because he was so disappointed with the hosting when he tried to set up a new online gallery in 1999.
Avalanche accident in 2001
In 2001, Lawrence had a near-death experience in an Alpine avalanche making him more determined than ever to achieve as much as possible in his lifetime.
Lawrence has guided us to more internet hosting awards with UK ISPA than any other hosting company, including four consecutive years as the UK's Best Hosting Provider. He has also won 3 individual awards as an entrepreneur and director.
GM Chamber of Commerce
Keen to contribute to the community that has welcomed him, Lawrence has sat on boards for Manchester Digital and the GM Chamber of Commerce and is currently on the board of directors for Manchester Camerata.
As a small business, Lawrence negotiated a technical sponsorship for UKFast with the Sale Sharks Premiership Rugby Club. The relationship continued for ten years with us holding the main sponsor position for two years until 2011.
Snowdonia Training Centre
Lawrence bought Castell Cidwm, a hotel in Snowdonia National Park in 2008 and has converted it into a training centre for the team. He holds the company record for getting up and down Snowdon (1hr 55m).
As CEO of one of the UK's top hosting businesses, Lawrence's opinions is regularly sought by the broadsheet newspapers, regional press, business and technology magazines and broadcasters including the BBC.