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UKFast decides it’s profitable up north

Steve Bell

Manchester-based hosting company, UKFast is bucking the long-standing trend to pile everything into a van and head down the motorway to London, by opening up a new office in the chilly climes of Glasgow.

The move follows the launch of Scotland’s dedicated internet exchange point, IX Scotland which will see connectivity in the country greatly boosted.  This is one component in a wider plan to develop Scotland into a digital nation by 2020.

Lawrence Jones, CEO at UKFast, said the move was informed by the recognition that Scotland has a large part to play in business.

“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," he said.

"This is why we have chosen to expand North before even considering going South to London – we’re moving up!”

The company is aiming to exploit a gap in the Scottish market for hosting and collocation companies which can support business growth within a digital infrastructure.

It will be pushing products such as eCloud which provides businesses with access to a cloud infrastructure.  The company is also planning to build datacentres to help make Scotland a more viable destination for financial and legal firms.

UKFast is still developing its Manchester-based HQ which includes a gym, crèche, steam room and intriguingly, kennels. Whether the kennels are for dogs or employees who are in the dog house, the company didn’t say.


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