UKFast valued at £405m following record year

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Lawrence and Gail Jones

Cloud hosting firm UKFast is closing a record 12 months announcing a landmark investment from Inflexion Private Equity.

The investment into UKFast is being made by Inflexion’s dedicated minority investment fund, Partnership Capital. The deal sees the firm valued at £405 million, based on £25 million EBITDA.

Founded in 1999, by Lawrence Jones MBE and Gail Jones, Manchester-based UKFast has grown to become the UK’s largest privately owned hosting provider.

The business has a customer base of 5,500 UK SME clients and 200 mid-sized companies, which are served by UKFast’s 350 employees across its Manchester campus, London sales office and data centres.

Lawrence Jones, CEO and co-founder of UKFast, comments: “It has been widely reported about our ambitions to IPO. After spending time in the City meeting fund managers I learned that it is incredibly important to align yourself with people who’ve got experience in areas that you don’t.

“When Inflexion threw their hat into the ring, alongside several others, there was an immediate connection. The Inflexion team have got an incredible reputation when they have invested pre-IPO. That reputation, coupled with their team headed up by Carl Wormald and Irina Hemmers is something that gives us great confidence for the future.

Simon Turner, Managing Partner of Inflexion, comments: “UKFast has proven itself as a market leader, with its Manchester campus and data centres being testament to the business’s dedication to service excellence and technical performance.

“Acknowledging the industry’s increasing appetite for public cloud, UKFast’s management launched ClearCloud in 2018, thereby enhancing its offering to existing clients as well as opening the door to new ones. We look forward to working with management to accelerate growth.”

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