Leaders in the hosting industry
Jonathan and Tim Brealey have been key figures in the hosting and domain industry for over 20 years. Back in 1997, they felt that it was too technical for many small businesses to get their business online, so they founded Webfusion. Their solution was to build a web hosting platform that even novice internet users could use.
Webfusion were the first UK hosting company to offer a control panel, then called the Virtual Control Panel. It gave users the unique ability to activate email features instantly and manage their website settings from one place.
In 2000 many companies were looking to secure a domain name for their business, so Jonathan and Tim launched 123-reg. Today, 123-reg is still the market leader in domain name registration in the UK. They were able to drive down the cost of UK domains from around £50 per year to just £2.59 a year.
Again they offered customers complete control using innovative online systems. This commitment to user-friendly self-service has become a hallmark of all their entrepreneurial endeavours.
Jonathan and Tim left WebFusion and 123-reg in 2003. By that time the business had registered in excess of 420,000 domains and hosted more than 75,000 websites.