Lawrence Jones joins Manchester Digital Council

Article date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 10:55 GMT

Lawrence Jones joins Manchester Digital Council

Lawrence Jones, CEO of UKFast was appointed to the Manchester Digital Council at the Annual General Meeting on 22nd January and looks forward to working with Council Members to improve opportunities for regional businesses.

Jones was one of just two new members to the 12-strong board of IT enthusiasts. The other new face was Kirstie Buchanan from the Reading Room. Twenty-one Manchester Digital members from professional, educational and governmental capacities competed for just 12 places on the council.

The AGM commenced with a summary of 2007 and projections for the future. Following this was a heated debate about the benefits and negatives of offshoring work and the evening concluded in a networking event.

The aim of the organisation is to actively promote Manchester's digital business sector, to attract business and inward investment from the UK and the rest of the world.

Jones said: "I am incredibly happy to have been voted to the council as I really think the experience I bring as CEO of a Hosting Provider can benefit other businesses in the area.

"I am particularly enthused about using our knowledge as a company to talk to Manchester's undergraduates as the organisation has such a strong student membership and we need to concentrating on keeping this talent in the North West."

In his 100-word manifesto, Jones claimed he would spend his time on the council promoting Manchester as a digital city. UKFast has already made steps to increase the digital culture of the area with plans including the development of a green data centre.

UKFast employees also take time to visit the city's schools, teaching students of all ages about the benefits of the internet. Their latest foray involved showing a group of GCSE students around Manchester's prestigious data centre, MANOC, where a portion of the internet is homed.

Jones said: "As a company we're very excited about joining the Manchester Digital Council and can't wait to get stuck in."

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