Bytemark Hosting is investing £1.2m in a new headquarters and data centre in York as well as expanding its office in Manchester.

The firm, which describes itself as “the UK’s geek hosting outfit of choice” has also made two senior hires.

Rajesh Joshi

Rajesh Joshi

Bryn Thomas joins from iomart Hosting as sales director, while Rajesh Joshi, the former brand manager at Melbourne Hosting has been named head of external communications.

“With our rapid growth, we needed more space and people. I’m delighted to welcome ‘Josh’ and Bryn to Bytemark who both bring strong experience from the hosting industry and will help take our message out to a wider audience,” explained Matthew Bloch, co-founder and managing director of Bytemark Hosting.

“Building our own datacentre in our home town of York has been an exciting challenge and its now the platform for the next stage of our growth. Being completely in control of our own infrastructure means we can confidently stand behind every single aspect of our service.”

“We’re still the same technically-led company that we’ve always been, which is why building our own cloud hosting service was important. We’re proud of creating a robust platform, built on open standards and backed by our years of experience in customer support.”

Between them, Thomas  and Joshi will be responsble for promoting YO26, the company’s first wholly owned data-centre in York and its self-built cloud computing platform, BigV.

Bytemark currently employs 21 staff across its York and Manchester Technopark offices.