Re: Move domains to smaller company - we did years ago after probs with FastHosts, 123reg, LCN
I'm not convinced of the wisdom of using smaller providers: They usually charge more for a start.
I used a small hosting company and once you got to know them, they expected you to be more forgiving of their f*ckups, because they felt that you had a 'relationship' with them. It was a damned nightmare, one I ditched for Site5. I did worry when they were bought out last year, but they are as good as they always were... I think I may be one of the only people remaining on their London based server (something they don't offer new customers anymore, sadly) and it's seriously quick. Bit pricier than I would like but I have several hundred websites hosted reliably.
Fasthosts own 123-reg, they haven't followed suit with automatic .uk registrations, yet. If they do, I'll ditch them for namecheap, they're cheaper.