Global Tech Company Sets up European HQ in Southampton

March 18, 2009 by  

Webmaster NewsSouthampton – PEER 1, the multi-million dollar web hosting company based in Canada has chosen Southampton as the UK headquarters for its European expansion programme. PEER 1 UK is already on an aggressive recruitment drive to find the very best technical, sales and customer service talent with a novel approach to finding the right team members: the company is offering to pay all successful new employees £1,000 if they want to give up their jobs in the first two weeks. The initiative is designed to ensure that PEER 1 only employs those who are fully committed to delivering outstanding customer service.

PEER 1 works with small and medium size businesses offering award winning managed hosting and dedicated hosting (through ServerBeach) on a ‘pay as you grow’ basis, and it guarantees the best customer service in the industry.

The company has its own global SuperNetworkTM that incorporates 15 Data Centres and 21 Points of Presence connected across North America and Europe, providing ultra fast, powerful, network speed and connectivity.

The company is currently recruiting for Sales Supremos, Technical Gods, Data Center Managers and a Network Guru to support both PEER 1 and its dedicated hosting division ServerBeach.

Employees at PEER 1 will enjoy benefits including ‘Dress Up Smart Day’ once a month and ‘Free Food Day’ the day before payday. The company will run ‘Cock-up of the Month’, which will be an opportunity to learn from and celebrate mistakes, as well as having PlayStations in the office and “Beer O’Clock” at 4pm on Friday to let off steam.

Dominic Monkhouse, UK Managing Director of PEER 1 said: “If you are the most driven, ambitious, enthused, charming and downright brilliant candidate out there, we’ll give you a great job in a cool office, pay you a good salary, and give you endless self-development opportunities. We get IT at PEER 1. PEER 1 is the Number One web hosting provider in Canada and we’re now on a mission to be Number One in the UK. We’re hell-bent on being the best B2B services company in any sector. For that reason I am offering any new employee £1000 cash to leave in the first two weeks. This way only those employees who really get it, who are thoroughly and wholeheartedly committed to raising the standards in hosting and service to the highest level will stay.”

Jimmy Chestnutt, Director General of the Southampton & Fareham Chamber of Commerce & Industry said: “This is good news for Southampton and the city region. Peer 1 operates in a very competitive sector and it is encouraging that they have chosen Southampton as the place in which to set up their UK Headquarters. The South East region has very ambitious plans for growth and when based in Southampton PEER 1 will be well placed to play a part in helping businesses achieve that growth. PEER 1 seems determined to recruit a high quality well motivated workforce and the job description makes it clear that it will be an exciting place to work. The Chamber looks forward to welcoming PEER 1 to the city.”

Sally Lynskey, Chief Executive Officer of Business Southampton added: “I am delighted that PEER 1 has chosen Southampton for its UK headquarters. Southampton has a strong track record in innovation and I’m sure that PEER 1 will be looking to tap into the wealth of talent that the region has to offer. Business Southampton looks forward to welcoming PEER 1 to the City and working closely with the organisation in the future.”

About PEER 1
PEER 1 believes in the limitless opportunity of the Internet, and the business growth potential it provides for its more than 10,000 customers. As a leading online IT hosting provider, PEER 1 offers a reliable high performance Internet network supporting scalable managed hosting, dedicated hosting through the ServerBeach brand, and co-location solutions. Backed by its 100 percent uptime guarantee and 24x7x365 FirstCall Support™, PEER 1 ensures customers’ online presence is always fast, always available. Since 1999, PEER 1 has grown to include 15 state-of-the-art data centers in North America and points-of-presence in Europe. The company’s headquarters are in Vancouver, Canada and the stock is traded on the TSX under the symbol PIX. For more information visit:

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