UKFast boss recognised in Honours list

The boss of hosting and colocation firm UKFast is among those recognised on the New Years Honours list

The New Years Honours list had its usual smattering of actors, artists and sports people but there was also some recognition for some of the hard work put into the technology industry.

A total of 1,251 people were given honours this year with the vast majority getting rewarded because of the hard work put into their local communities or their chosen field of professional interest.

Among those listed in the MBE column was Lawrence Jones, who has been running UK hosting specialist UKFast for the past 15 years, based in Manchester who was recognised for his services to the digital economy.

"As an entrepreneur you find yourself carrying on regardless, working your hardest, even when there are not many people who pat you on the back. So, it’s an emotional moment to receive something like this from the government, the Queen and country," said Jones.

UKFast made 2014 a year of giving and Jones committed £100,000 to helping charities including the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation and setting up an internet café in a community centre in South Africa.

Jones also pointed out that the role played in the UK economy by entreprenurial SMEs was vital and the smaller firms were the ones that were contributing in taxes.

"It’s UKFast and these smaller businesses that really drive the economy. So, whilst UKFast is tiny and turns over £30m at the moment, we’re growing and will continue to grow. Our job is to accelerate our growth and that of our customers, whilst maintaining the great British service we supply," he added.

Also getting honours were Amanda Chessell, a distinguished engineer at IBM and one of Big Blue's master inventors, who received an OBE for services to Engineering and Lynne Kipatrick, head of video games at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, who was also given an OBE for her services to the video games industry.

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