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UKFast brand dropped days ahead of co-founder’s Crown Court date


The UKFast name is to disappear following a rebrand of the merged ANS and UKFast group.

The company will now be known as ANS, signalling an end to its association with UKFast co-founder, Lawrence Jones.

He stepped down as CEO of UKFast in 2019, following a series of allegations in the Financial Times, and will face trial at Manchester Crown Court in February after pleading not guilty to a single count of rape and 4 counts of sexual assault last year.

He and co-founder Gail Jones exited the company in 2020, as private equity group, Inflexion, increased its investment to 75%.

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Paul Shannon, CEO ANS
Paul Shannon, CEO ANS

In October last year, Inflexion announced the merger of its UKFast and ANS operations, stating that an “entirely new brand” would be revealed this month.

ANS’ CEO, Paul Shannon, will become CEO of the combined operation, as it seeks to become the UK’s “leading security and digital transformation partner.”

“The milestone represents a huge opportunity, both for our team and our customers,” he explained.

“By combining the strengths of both businesses under the ANS name, we are creating a world-class digital transformation business, focussed on providing an amazing experience for our customers, team, and tech partners.”

ANS will be the country’s largest independent cloud provider, working across public and private cloud, hosting, security, DevOps, applications and data.

“The breadth and scope of cloud, digital and security expertise inside ANS is industry leading.  By bringing together two of the best tech firms in the UK, we are primed to deliver exceptional  service to customers, wherever they are in their digital transformation journey,” continued Shannon.

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