We are proud to announce our CEO, Mark Howling, has been named as a regional winner in the “Emerging Business” category in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year programme. Mark was in competition with business leaders from 40 companies from across London and the South East.
This means Mark is now in consideration for the national title, to be announced in October, for what is regarded as being one of the world’s most prestigious business accolades! The overall UK winner will be chosen by a panel of judges based on criteria, such as entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, strategic direction, leading and building teams, financial performance, national and global impact, and the company’s approach to social responsibility.
Mark, a qualified civil engineer, has over 25 years of experience within the IT and telecoms industry, both locally and internationally. He has been at the helm of Pulsant since the company was formed in 2010, when Lumison, a connectivity, hosting and managed IT services provider was acquired by private equity group, Bridgepoint Development Capital. He has led the company to success, positioning it as one of the leading data centre service providers in the UK, evident in the fact that the company released positive 2012 results which reported a 51% rise in revenue from £20,2m to £30,43m, a gross profit of £13,6m and an operating profit of £2,1m.
Mark has been instrumental in overseeing Pulsant’s buy and build acquisition strategy in 2011 and 2012. This has seen the company integrate Lumison with Blue Square Data, DediPower and ScoLocate to create a network of 10 wholly owned data centres spanning the UK.
Under Mark, Pulsant continues to focus on its strategic customer priorities which include delivering scalable and flexible IT solutions, reducing cost and increasing efficiency, and delivering high quality, professional service to our customer base of over 3000 businesses.
We think Mark is highly deserving of this honour, which is a coup for him personally and for this company, and we look forward to hearing the results of the national final later in the year.