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Decade of success for York Data Services
ONE of the first tenants of York Science Park’s IT centre is celebrating ten years in business with a portfolio of more than 200 customers.
York Data Services, which runs its own fibre-based internet network, designed the fabric of internet provision for the Science Park’s IT, Innovation and Bio Centres after moving in during 2003.
Among achievements during its first decade in business is the firm’s delivery of York’s first gigabit network following a £250,000 investment in an infrastructure upgrade in 2009.
York Data Services also played a key role in the creation of the Leeds Internet Exchange IXLeeds, and has worked with a number of local clients including York Racecourse, Garbutt & Elliott, the University of York and Thorp Arch Trading Estate near Wetherby.
Managing director Mark Fordyce said: “Over the years we have invested significantly in cutting-edge infrastructure. However, our success is equally due to the customer care and support we offer.
“When we launched, our aim was to take away the headaches often associated with managing IT. We knew business owners wanted to focus on growing their business without having to worry about technology, and this is still the case for all our clients, most of whom are small to medium enterprises.”
York Data Services was the first Internet service provider to offer businesses in York superfast fibre broadband and localised data storage solutions, offering IT services to neighbours on York Science Park, which helped the park’s IT Centre and The Catalyst to be the first buildings in North Yorkshire to be presented with an ICT Active Leading Edge Award.
Congratulating York Data Services on its ten years in business, William Derby, chief executive of York Racecourse said: “Every organisation is increasingly dependent on reliable communications. Increasingly, the very operation of a race day requires data services and the modern media rely on them.
“I am delighted that we have a strong, reliable and local partner in York Data Services.”
As the reputation of York Data Services has grown over the last ten years, Mark Fordyce has become recognised as an expert in his field, and holds the IT & Digital Sector chair on the board of Science City York and will shortly represent North Yorkshire at the European Internet Exchange Conference in Helsinki.
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