Yesterday was an historic day for M Squared as Co-founder Dr Gareth Maker and I collected our Queen’s Award for Enterprise in person at a ceremony taking place with Her Majesty the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace.
Earlier this year we were recognised with an award in the Innovation category, as a result of our work developing the SolsTiS laser platform, which has become an essential photonics platform for many working on scientific and industry studies into quantum computing.
It has been a great journey towards receiving this award. The talented team at M Squared has grown at a phenomenal pace in recent years and we continue to welcome many new employees and new customers from across the globe.
M Squared winners of the 2016 Queen's Award fro Enterprise in Innovation
It has also been humbling to receive an award on behalf of innovative British firms working across all fields, particularly in a field such as photonics which has much to celebrate and many avenues to pursue in the years ahead.
This award is testament to the expansion of Glasgow’s photonics hub and its world-renowned expertise, supported by fantastic businesses and suppliers as well as the excellent work of the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde and the many other research institutions which we work with. It is also a celebration of our scientific and industry colleagues and the great tradition of innovation we follow in Britain.
Dr Gareth Maker and I experimenting with a selfie at Buckingham Palace
Traffic on the Mall had returned to normal after the drama of the previous day, when David Cameron and Prime Minister Theresa May had made their way to Buckingham Palace to meet with the Queen and confirm the handover of power at Number 10 Downing Street.
We’re expecting similarly seismic changes to the landscape of science and innovation as fields like quantum computing are set to revolutionise data processing and computing power.
For M Squared, whatever changes around us, we will continue to innovate in photonics and continue to look for ways in which we can develop technologies, and help others develop technologies that can have a positive impact on the world around us, improving the lives of people globally.
Thanks again to @queensawards and here's to another great year in photonics.
By Dr Graeme Malcolm OBE
CEO and Co-founder, M Squared