Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

Lee Strafford tops Yorkshire’s titans of tech list

Published 5th December 2012 at 2:02pm

Lee Strafford, the Plusnet founder and former chairman of Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield City Region LEP Board member, is Yorkshire’s most prominent technology entrepreneur, according to new research compiled to celebrate Tech Entrepreneurs Week by Roaring Mouse, the technology PR consultancy. Strafford, who sold Plusnet to BT for a reported £67 million in 2007, was featured more frequently and prominently than other nominees across a range of national, local and social media studied by Roaring Mouse.

Freeserve co-founders Ajaz Ahmed and Peter Wilkinson were second and third respectively. The pair rose to fame when Freeserve grew to become the UK’s largest internet service provider and Britain’s first dot com business to float on the stock market.

Lee Strafford said,

“I’m happy to accept this recognition on behalf of the wonderful team of Plusnetter’s past and present, the steadfast people at SWFC that wanted to see change brought about, and the many people across the public sector, academia and the private sector (at all levels) who I am working with now to shape the future of Sheffield City Region.

“I have been lucky to be able to work with people who want to do good things, make things better and create opportunities for others, those people are what have and still inspire me.”

James Taylor, Managing Director of Roaring Mouse PR, comments:

“Lee Strafford’s time in football certainly raised his profile, but he was starting from a high base as a prominent technology entrepreneur who did spectacularly well with Plusnet.

“He has maintained a constant and consistent presence across a range of news and social media over the past few years, cementing his position as Yorkshire’s most celebrated technology entrepreneur.”

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