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.
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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.