UKFast Eyes Growth with 100 New Recruits
Article date: Thu, 05 May 2016 14:19 GMT
Fast-growing technology brand UKFast is to create 100 new jobs in Manchester at its award-winning HQ.
The £250m firm launches its recruitment drive as it announces a £40 million fund from RBS to fuel growth, accelerating sales, marketing, technical and account management departments.
UKFast has seen extraordinary organic growth over the past 16 years, reaching £16.2m EBITDA in 2015 and earning a reputation as one of the best employers in the UK and Europe.
CEO and founder, Lawrence Jones MBE, attributes the recruitment drive to surging demand for eCloud – the British cloud service launched in 2013.
He says: “With our eCloud and the hands-on support we deliver, we are finding clients want accountability and someone at the end of a phone – particularly now, with concerns over Safe Harbour and data privacy [changes in laws affecting data stored in the USA].
“It’s a service that can’t be replicated by mass hosing providers, and it’s proving very successful. You get all the control of a dynamic and scalable cloud that launches in seconds with the service synonymous with great British service. Building something like this requires great people and lots of them.”
Last week the firm ranked 5th in the Great Workplaces awards which sees hundreds of UK businesses battle it out for the top positions.
Jones says: “I’ve always seen the value in rewarding your team and creating an environment where people love coming to work. By pushing these boundaries, I believe the team are rising to the challenge.”
Jones’ investment in team rewards last year included an ice-rink outside the office at Christmas, regular ski trips to Switzerland, multiple movie premiere screenings and a ‘Zoofari’ takeover at Chester Zoo. Summer also saw UKFast’s car park transformed into a full-scale beach, allowing the team to take advantage of the good weather.This year Jones is organising the second ‘UKFest’, a mini festival for friends and family as well as the direct team.
UKFast’s state-of-the-art training and development centre represents a £4.5million investment from Jones, who puts education and training at the heart of his firm’s engagement and growth strategy.
He continued: “Perks and days out are nice things to have, but I’ve learned that to make UKFast a truly great place to work we had to focus on giving people the opportunity to learn and develop.”
The newly created roles will be filled through a series of recruitment days during the coming months.
Applicants can register for recruitment days here or call 0161 215 3861.
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