Technology awards ceremony backed by UKFast called off after sexual assault allegations made against firm’s founder Lawrence Jones
A technology awards ceremony backed by UKFast has been called off after sexual assault allegations were made against the firm’s founder Lawrence Jones.
The Digital Entrepreneur Awards are an annual bash held in association with the Manchester-based IT firm, which is the main sponsor.
The awards were due to take place in Manchester on November 21, with fashion site Boohoo among the nominees.
Controversy: UKFast founder Lawrence Jones, with his wife Gail
However, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that nominees were told on Friday that the awards ceremony had been cancelled following the allegations, which prompted Jones – whose family wealth is estimated at £700 million – to step down last week. His wife Gail has taken over from him at UKFast, a cloud computing company which helps businesses store data online.
Police are investigating two alleged sexual assaults by Jones, 51, who strenuously denies the allegations.
The awards have been running for 15 years, but were branded ‘sexist’ in 2017 for having burlesque dancers.
Last night a spokesman confirmed the event has been ‘postponed’, but declined to comment further.