Key Milestones in UKFast History
Our milestones represent key moments in UKFast's history, providing a snapshot of some of the achievements that we're really proud of.
A new high school focussed on digital literacy in Manchester has been approved by the government and is set to tackle the growing skills gap in the region. The new school, which caters for 11-16 year olds, will combine traditional education and values with digital literacy and the skills young people need to thrive in an increasingly technology-led workplace. The high school is a first for the region, seeing one of Manchester’s most successful businesses, UKFast, team up with thriving educational provider The Dean Trust, an initiative backed by Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools, Lord Nash.
Cloud and colocation firm UKFast is officially Manchester’s best place to work, after being named the fifth best workplace in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For. The people-focussed business has become renowned in the city for its extraordinary office space, UKFast Campus, on the edge of Manchester’s Science Park which has an onsite gym, steam room, crèche and dedicated training and education space.
Hosting firm UKFast is slashing the price of its self-service, open source cloud platform eCloud Flex, as the cloud price battle with Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to rage.
UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones MBE announces the acquisition of another cloud and cybersecurity service provider, Secure Information Assurance (S-IA), following the announcement of a £2.3 million investment to bolster his firm's government data centre space.
Fast-growing Manchester hosting firm UKFast is today announcing the creation of a raft of new places on its popular IT and software development apprenticeship programmes, with applications for the IT scheme opening this week. Since the launch of UKFast’s apprenticeship scheme in 2013, more than 50 apprentices have joined the award-winning tech firm on a two-year programme, developed and delivered by on-site teachers who’ve recently made the transition from public sector schools to UKFast’s classroom.
Manchester-based cloud and managed hosting specialist UKFast has delivered on its 2016 promise to create 100 new jobs, despite Brexit uncertainty, with headcount rising across the firm's associated brands from 250 to 350 in less than one year.
UKFast is continuing its long-term investment in making Manchester the UK's number one tech city with a £2.3 million upgrade at the firm's data centre complex.
Technology firm UKFast is hailing another stellar year for its flagship cloud range, eCloud, as annual recurring revenue from its exclusively UK-based cloud service grows 38% in a year to £13.79m.
By separating areas of the UKFast operation into individual registered businesses, Jones is creating more opportunities for top talent to develop leadership skills, increasing staff retention. The businesses include building and office refurbishment firm UKFast Space, technology magazine BusinessCloud and cyber security and ethical hacking specialists Secarma.
Growth at one of the North's best-known firms looks set to continue as UKFast announces it is doubling the size of its HQ in a landmark property deal. The deal sees the cloud and colocation business, run by tech entrepreneur Lawrence Jones MBE, secure a further 40,000 sq. ft. adjacent to its current campus in Manchester Science Park.
UKFast cemented its position as a great workplace, throwing a festival to thank its employees for another year of industry-leading service and support. The festival, UKFest, saw a two-day music line up, fairground rides and a 100ft inflatable assault course enjoyed by all of the UKFast team and their friends and family.
Digital entrepreneur Lawrence Jones MBE was yesterday awarded with an honorary doctorate by The Manchester Metropolitan University, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the North West economy. Jones joins a select group of individuals to receive the Honorary Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). The University praised the entrepreneur for his tireless work in support of the UK's digital economy and for displaying 'world-class innovation and leadership'.
Top-flight Rugby Union club Sale Sharks today announced the largest sponsorship deal in the history of the club, with Manchester-based cloud and colocation firm UKFast. The undisclosed seven-figure deal sees the firm return as shirt sponsor of the club after a five-year break, with Sale Sharks ready to compete for the European Champions Cup this season after finishing sixth in the Aviva Premiership.
Secarma, the cyber security business owned by UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones MBE, has confirmed the acquisition of Altrincham-based application security specialists Pentest Limited for an undisclosed sum.
The first edition of the UK's newest business technology magazine has been published. BusinessCloud has been set up by former regional newspaper and magazine editor Chris Maguire and tech entrepreneur Lawrence Jones MBE, CEO of UKFast. The full colour magazine is 80 pages in size and will focus on "demystifying technology for a business audience".The initial print run is for just under 20,000 copies. Of these, 12,500 will be distributed in Greater Manchester by the Manchester Evening News, with the balance sent out to UK-wide businesses and customers of UKFast.
Manchester hosting specialist UKFast launches a new cloud-based solution, FASTdesk, encouraging the continued rise of flexible working.
UKFast has been named the best medium-sized tech company to work for in the UK, placing fifth overall in medium category of the UK's Best Workplaces 2016. The Great Workplaces lists rank the UK's workplaces based upon culture, health and wellbeing and engagement through employee surveys and external recognition.
UKFast is to launch a Master of Business Administration (MBA) scholarship with Manchester Metropolitan University, giving one budding entrepreneur the chance to join the highly-valued business programme later this year.
Leading North West charity, The Christie, has been announced as the official charity partner for this year's UKFast City of Salford 10K race. Runners who take part in the UKFast City of Salford 10K on Sunday 4th September can run for The Christie and raise vital funds for The Christie NHS, one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe.
Manchester-based cloud computing provider UKFast has been revealed as the new sponsor of the Cheshire Cricket League in a 10-year deal worth £50,000 which also sees the firm boosting tech use by member clubs and the league.
Over 150 apprentices affected by the collapse at Bright Future Software attended a careers open day in the hunt for new employment. The event, hosted at UKFast Campus in Manchester, saw the apprentices meet face-to-face with a huge range of businesses looking to recruit new talent.
Cloud computing entrepreneur Lawrence Jones MBE is joining forces with Chris Maguire, editor of the North West Business Insider to produce a new-look national business technology magazine.
Cloud computing firm UKFast launches a new self-service, open source cloud platform, built on OpenStack and hosted entirely in the UK with no vendor lock-ins.
UKFast announced that revenue from its eCloud range has grown by 82.9% in the last year. The eCloud model has surpassed all expectations with cloud services now netting £9.9m a year, and the figure representing 27% of total annual recurring revenue currently worth £37.2 million.
Lawrence Jones MBE has joined the local executive board of children's charity Cash for Kids. The UKFast CEO becomes a trustee of radio station Key 103's charity having helped to raise more than £1.4 million during last year's Cash for Kids Mission Christmas campaign and supporting the cause for several years.
Cloud hosting firm UKFast has joined forces with The Dean Trust to launch a Raspberry Pi Cafe, bringing hands-on tech and computer science education to Broadoak School in Partington, Greater Manchester.
Fast-growing Manchester cloud firm UKFast is driving its rapid expansion into the channel and public sector markets with the acquisition of a London office.
We invested in one of the biggest team events in the history of UKFast with a trip to Chester Zoo to say a big thank you to the team for a fantastic start to the year. With over 700 UKFast friends and family in tow, Zoofari was the perfect way to reward and motivate our team.
Hosting and colocation firm UKFast has taken home its second award in two years running at the Skills for Business awards, recognising its commitment to changing education in businesses across the city.
This month CEO of UKFast Lawrence Jones received an MBE for his services to the digital economy. It is a testament to the hard work Lawrence has put into helping UKFast's clients grow, and in doing so, helping the digital economy.
UKFast teamed up with local radio station, Key 103, to sponsor Superhero Day in aid of Beechwood Cancer Care; a charity to help and support young children, carers and family members who are affected by cancer and other life limiting illnesses.
Corporate M&A legal specialist Nicola Frost joins the team ahead of UKFast's ambitious growth plans.
Security heavyweight Andy Hague joins UKFast, heading up its security division, Secarma.
UKFast has enjoyed a year of growth after the popularity of cloud computing skyrocketed. For the year end December 2014, UKFast reported a 24 per cent turnover increase from £23.4m to £28.9m.
UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones is awarded an MBE for services to the digital economy in the New Year's Honours List. Jones noted that the honour recognises the extraordinary effort of the whole UKFast team.
As one of the main campaign sponsors, UKFast helps to raise £1.7m of toys for Cash for Kids Mission Christmas, ensuring that more than 36,000 in poverty in Greater Manchester will receive gifts from Father Christmas this year.
UKFast is named Manchester Business of the Year (£10-25m) at the Manchester Evening News Business of the Year awards,
UKFast sponsor Raspberry Pi project to create an internet cafe at a South African community centre, providing a revenue stream and tech skills for the centre.
UKFast launches 'drag and drop' UK-based storage solution, eCloud Vault to add to it's record-breaking eCloud range.
Lawrence Jones announces plans for our next data centre and states that he is on the hunt for an underground site to transform into the North West's largest data centre space.
We announce our Random Acts of Kindness Year. UKFast's 2014 is focussed on giving back to the community however we can.
We launch our auditorium - we're offering the space to businesses, schools and networking groups free of charge. The space, equipped with theatre lighting and sound, a 100sq ft screen and bar area brings a new creative space to Manchester.
UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones continues his record of exceptional rewards and incentives by giving his long-serving employees a record bonus of £10,000 for ten years' service.
UKFast helps to rebuild Harvey's Den, an autistic seven-year-old boy's sensory room, after it was raided and torched on Christmas Eve. The whole UKFast team came together to rebuild the boy's room and landscape the family's garden.
UKFast wins DataCenter Dynamics Award for Innovation in Outsourcing. The award recognises the constant development and innovation that sits at the heart of UKFast.
UKFast joins the latest phase of the Government's cloud initiative, proudly becoming a G-Cloud 4 approved supplier.
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.
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.
UKFast adds FlexPod™ to its cloud portfolio as it continues to drive growth in the public sector.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.