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Hosting Heavyweight Chris Marsh Joins UKFast

Article date: Thu, 01 Aug 2013 09:09 GMT


Cloud and colocation firm UKFast has attracted one of Manchester's biggest hitting digital creatives to head up its fight to get North West agencies competing with their London rivals.

Chris Marsh joins the city's fastest growing technology company as Director of Partner Development from rival hosting firm Melbourne. He is charged with developing relationships with creatives in the North and supporting like-minded companies with their growth strategies.

UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones said: "We are not too dissimilar from Manchester's agencies - we started out as a very small business in 1999 and we know what it takes to grow from this stage to a £150m-valued business. From the outside, people have no idea that we are a creative business and that we understand what this entails, Chris Marsh is someone who can help us bridge that gap.

"Manchester is a very special city full of designers, developers and a thriving digital community and we want to help these agencies get to the next level - both online and in the way that they run their businesses are run so that they can compete with the big London agencies. We see Chris as someone who can help encourage their voice. It is a pioneering role really, not one that we have had before and it is quite a bold appointment."

Marsh is an integral part of the Manchester digital community and is an ambassador for Forever Manchester, an elected council member of Manchester Digital and member of several of Manchester's key creative organisations.

Marsh said: "I know Manchester and I know its people and the digital community. I understand the creative industry and I am excited to continue to develop those relationships.

"Everybody's heard of UKFast. It's a fantastically well-known brand in Manchester that's leading the way with how people should learn about technology. It's a bunch of clever, friendly people and this feels like a natural transition. Staying in Manchester and staying in hosting, this is a really positive career step.

"There are opportunities at UKFast for me to make a real difference. The best way to do business is to build relationships based on trust. That's what I'm all about. I believe in having friends in the hosting industry. We're all doing this wonderful job for Manchester. We should know our competitors."

On a somewhat controversial move from a competing hosting company, Marsh said: "In the early days Melbourne was a small company, doing a great job and trying to make a name for themself. Now it's part of a larger group of companies and we had to adapt to that change. It was the right time to move on."

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