Recruitment drive after remote working venture exceeds forecasts

Remote working

A product launched by Manchester tech firm UKFast in 2017 has surpassed growth forecasts to become a standalone division, recruiting 20 people to its team.

FASTdesk, a remote desktop platform, is on track to achieve a revenue run rate of £400,000 this year, helping hundreds of businesses manage remote working for their employees, enabling them to securely access data, applications and desktops remotely from any device.

Responding to the business world’s adoption of remote and flexible working, the FASTdesk team is now searching for 20 recruits across technical and commercial roles, including Citrix engineers and account managers.

UKFast chief executive Lawrence Jones said: “FASTdesk’s rapid growth over the last 18 months resembles the early years of UKFast.

“In 1999, we helped clients take their first steps online. Roll on 20 years and we are pioneering ways for our clients to work remotely.

“The demand for flexible working solutions is driving the decision to make FASTdesk a standalone division. It needs its own oxygen to achieve its true potential.”

FASTdesk is growing its team of customer service, business development and technical experts, who are joining the umbrella company at UKFast Campus.

Mr Jones said: “Companies evolve and so do the needs of their workforce, so it’s important for businesses to offer flexible working options.

“I’ll always be a big fan of teamwork and the energy generated within an office environment, but there are clearly many cases where working remotely makes perfect sense.”

Remote working is notoriously difficult to deliver for architects because the compute demands of their applications require specialist desktop computers and hardware to work from.

FASTdesk offers a high-GPU capability, which enables graphic-intensive applications like Adobe Photoshop, 3D CAD and media composers to run from laptops and tablets.

FASTdesk says it removes the need for workplace server rooms and costly IT infrastructure, and is fully managed by UKFast engineers. In conjunction with file sharing and storage solution FASTdrive, the platform provides an end-to-end solution for secure remote working and business file sharing.