By Marcus Leach

Uxbridge-based company Rackspace celebrated with the cream of British business last night at the prestigious and influential National Business Awards in partnership with Orange, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

The company, which is a leader in IT hosting and cloud computing, was awarded with the Croner Employer of the Year Accolade.

The company’s hosting services enable companies of all sizes to buy computing capacity over the internet, on a pay-as-you-go basis, so that they never need to buy another server again.

“Going the extra mile to create a great place to work, Rackspace is an impressively fast growing IT business driven by quality staff recruitment, retention and customer service," Judges said of the company.

Andy Hague, MD at Croner said the competition for the award was intense.

“In sponsoring the award we really wanted to find an example of what being an excellent employer is all about," he said.

"In reality we actually ended up finding ten in terms of the finalists to the Croner Employer of the Year category. With such intense competition our congratulations go to Rackspace for standing out in such an impressive field. Croner has been proud to sponsor the Employer of the Year award as it embodies everything we support our client base in achieving.”

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP delivered the welcome address to 1100 top UK business leaders and entrepreneurs in attendance including Dr Richard Ward, CEO, Lloyd’s; Jasmine Whitbread, International CEO, Save the Children; Martin McCourt, CEO, Dyson and Lord Wolfson, Chief Executive of Next who won the Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business.

“The National Business Awards are a celebration of the very best in British business. They are a unique opportunity to recognise the hard work you all do, as small businesses or multi-national companies, to achieve commercial success”, said Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP.

“Day in and day out I meet the sorts of businesses that are up for an Award this year and they all have one thing in common: a relentless capacity to focus on results. It is from that effort and endeavour that great things emerge — new ideas, new products and new jobs."

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