From processing online driving licence and visa applications to a DNA sequencing project that will help fight rare diseases, a diverse range of enterprises across the UK public sector benefit from this company’s cloud computing platform.
It is one of a new generation of tech outfits to benefit from a government overhaul of how public-sector bodies buy IT systems, an attempt to prevent a repeat of past procurement failures. The company says its pay-by-the hour data processing, storage and networking services have saved government departments millions of pounds since it started life as Skyscape Cloud Services in Farnborough in 2011.
Recent projects include the secure storage of recordings from cameras worn by police officers. Its platform is also being used by the 100,000 Genomes Project, which is decoding sets of genes to help doctors fight cancer and other diseases. The trio of serial tech entrepreneurs who started the company know a thing or two about outsourcing computing services.
The chairman, Jeff Thomas, 59, came up with the idea for UKCloud in 2010. He had previously founded Ark Data Centres, now one of UKCloud’s data centre partners. Thomas joined forces with Phil Dawson, 52, who led the 2006 management buy-in of MDS Technologies — No 54 on this year’s league table — and Simon Hansford, 51, co-founder of IT services firm Attenda, ranked No 2 on the inaugural Tech Track 100 in 2001.
Set up with personal savings, in 2014 it sold a £4m minority stake to the growth capital firm BGF and in 2015 it was tipped as a Tech Track “One to Watch”.
Demand for its platforms across the public sector has helped UKCloud to increase sales to £32.1m this year, with profits of £6.6m. With cloud computing predicted to increase fivefold by 2020, UKCloud is well placed to benefit.
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