The Only Way is Up for Manchester-based Hosting Firm
Article date: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:11 GMT
Lawrence Jones, CEO of hosting and colocation firm UKFast has forgone a move south to the capital in favour of opening an office in Scotland.
The office, situated in Scotland's thriving central belt and in the centre of Glasgow, has already employed five team members and is now embarking upon further recruitment to accommodate growth.
Jones said: "People have questioned such a move with the referendum less than a year away but, whether Scotland becomes independent or not, it will always be a huge part of global and British business.
"This is why we have chosen to expand North before even considering going South to London - we're moving up!"
The technology firm's northern growth comes soon after the launch of Scotland's dedicated internet exchange point, IX Scotland -which will see connectivity in the country greatly boosted - and as plans to develop Scotland into a digital nation by 2020 continue to progress.
Jones added: "As Scotland focuses more on its digital future and future-proofing its infrastructure, there is a clear gap in the market for us to help businesses in the country to grow. We want to join the market in Scotland to provide our enterprise-grade solutions for all levels of business.
"We're levelling the playing field with products like our eCloud™ which gives businesses access to a £20m cloud infrastructure, including the highest level of hardware, software and support without the huge cost normally associated with hosting solutions of this calibre. We want to be at the forefront of Scotland's digital revolution."
Jones also revealed plans to build data centres and contribute to the infrastructure in Scotland to make it a more viable location for financial and legal firms.
The opening of UKFast's Scottish office comes as the firm continues the £5m development of UKFast Campus - the firm's new HQ on the edge of Manchester's Science Park. The 50,000sq ft office space is equipped with a gym, creche, steam room, chill out area with pool tables and games consoles, and kennels.
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