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Article date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:47 GMT

Further expansion for cloud firm with London office

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.

The offices, based at the Second Home building in Shoreditch, are dubbed 'the workplace of the future' and provide a base for the cloud and managed hosting provider to expand its footprint in the capital for the benefit of their expanding customer base.

UKFast CEO, Lawrence Jones MBE, said: "The move enables us to engage more closely with our thousands of customers and partners that are based within the M25. We pride ourselves on the incredible service we provide and it's important to be able to offer that service face to face.

"Being based in Shoreditch, in one of the main tech hubs in the UK, makes perfect sense. In Manchester we are right at the heart of the tech and digital community and we want to build a similar network here.

"The question for me isn't about Tech City vs Tech North or Manchester vs London. It's about collaboration between all UK tech interests in order to get the best results for our country and economy. I believe in buying British because we have the talent and the resources to deliver the best in everything we do. Tech is no exception."

The ambitious company has its flagship campus and data centres at a central Manchester location, as well as an office in Scotland. UKFast's commercial director, Lee Hull, now plans to accelerate the firm's growth from the capital, with a particular focus on the channel and public sector cloud services. Hull joined UKFast earlier this year after playing an instrumental role in growing Virgin Media Business.

Hull said: "As our services are engaged by more public sector bodies and as our activities in the channel continue to grow, it makes sense to have a presence in London. Our G-Cloud offerings are proving very popular and being here is important as more government systems move to the cloud.

"We're aiming to have a large team in place here within the next two years and it will be fantastic to see the further development UKFast can achieve."

The hosting firm has seen strong growth over the past few years, growing revenue in 2014 to £28.9m in addition to adding storage solution eCloud Vault to the highly successful eCloud hosting range.

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