Manchester Tech Entrepreneur Awarded MBE
Article date: Thu, 01 Jan 2015 11:07 GMTManchester businessman Lawrence Jones has been named as an MBE in the 2015 New Year's Honours List. The entrepreneur joins the list of honours for his services to the digital economy throughout the 15 years he's been at the helm of hosting and colocation firm UKFast. Jones said: "As an entrepreneur you find yourself carrying on regardless, working your hardest, even when there are not many people who pat you on the back. So, it's an emotional moment to receive something like this from the government, the Queen and country. "Britain is an amazing nation and I don't believe there's another like it on the planet. We are an extraordinary bunch of people with strength and humility. I am tremendously proud to be British and to get an honour like this makes all of the hard work worthwhile." Jones has set a focus on helping Britain's SMEs to grow. Through UKFast, he levels the playing field, giving small firms access to the high-end technology usually reserved for massive firms with large budgets, like the eCloud® range. He says: "We [the SMEs] are the ones that are paying the tax, not the big boys with the clever tax planning. It's UKFast and these smaller businesses that really drive the economy. So, whilst UKFast is tiny and turns over £30m at the moment, we're growing and will continue to grow. Our job is to accelerate our growth and that of our customers, whilst maintaining the great British service we supply." Jones's commitment to 'doing things differently' has earned him a nationwide reputation as a modern entrepreneur. Across 2014, he committed £100,000 to a 'Year of Giving' at UKFast - helping charities from the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation to setting up an internet café in a community centre in South Africa. He has created an extraordinary office space for his 200-strong team, with an onsite gym, steam room and crèche; as well as incentives and rewards including trips to Las Vegas, skiing in Verbier and inductions in the Welsh mountains. This year's Honours List recognises people from all industries and backgrounds, including Stockport's Professor Carole Margaret Longson for services to healthcare, and Hyde's Reverend Dr Richard Leslie Hills for services to Industrial Heritage.
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