Cloud services growth leads to jobs growth at hosting firm
Hosting and cloud services firm UKFast is to create 100 new jobs in Manchester. The company recently secured a £40 million fund from RBS to fuel growth.
UKFast founder Lawrence Jones attributes the recruitment drive to “surging demand” for eCloud, the company’s British-based 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.
By hosting customer data and delivering services using UK facilities, the company has a trump card when it comes to addressing data sovereignty concerns.
Jones’ investment in team rewards last year included an ice-rink outside the office at Christmas, regular ski trips to Switzerland, multiple movie premier 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 training and development centre represents a £4.5 million investment. “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. The firm currently has over 260 staff across offices in Manchester, London and Glasgow.