Britain's Top 100 Entrepreneurs 2014: No. 11 - Lawrence Jones, UKFast

The cloud computing entrepreneur is worth £247m.

by Philip Beresford

Welsh-born Lawrence Jones sold a corporate entertainment business, the Music Design Company, to Granada in 1997. Two years later he started internet hosting company UKFast. The fast growing Manchester-based operation has won numerous industry awards and in 2013 saw its profits soar to £8.5m on £23.5m sales. Jones and his family own it all. He turned down a £200m takeover approach in June.

Age: 46
Activity: Cloud computing
Wealth: £247m
Latest turnover: £24m
Five-year rise in turnover: 166%
No. of employees: 250
Five-year rise in employment: 268%
Score: 58

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