M Squared announced as National Business Awards finalist

Today, M Squared has been shortlisted for the Innovation Award at the 2016 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.  

From its headquarters in Scotland, M Squared is a leading photonics technology company that develops novel light-based applications, which are helping to solve global problems in areas such as climate, energy, defense, healthcare and computing.

The company designs and manufactures advanced laser platforms and works in partnership with world-leading research organisations to develop photonics applications in quantum technology, biophotonics and chemical sensing.

Dr Graeme Malcolm OBE, CEO and Co-founder at M Squared said: 

“We are thrilled to have made it through to the finals of the prestigious Lloyds Bank National Business Awards. It’s a fantastic achievement for us and for photonics. It’s amazing to think that laser technology is still relatively new at just over 50 years old and already it has transformed the way we live and work – computers, the internet, telecommunications, healthcare and much more. We hope our work developing transformative laser platforms will help scientists improve the lives of everyone on the planet.”

The finalists were chosen from the hundreds of businesses that entered or were nominated across 18 award categories. They will now prepare for live presentations to an expert-judging panel who will decide the overall winners.

Described as “the Oscars of great British business” by David Cameron, former Prime Minister, this year’s prestigious award ceremony will take place on Tuesday 15 November, at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, where the winners will be revealed. 

For the first time, RT Hon Conor McGinn MP recently hosted a reception for the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards at the House of Commons. This enabled finalists to meet fellow entrants, the National Business Awards Advisory Board members, judges (who they will present to in September) and sponsors of each category.

Tom Broughton, Group Brand Director of the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards said:

“Due to the high number of entries for this years’ awards, narrowing the entries down to 140 finalists was a difficult task. But through a thorough and comprehensive judging process, the selected finalists demonstrate exceptional quality and diversity across a range of business sectors within the UK. We are now looking forward to the next step of the process and meeting some of the finalists face-to-face.”

Visit for a full list of all finalists or for details on how to attend the event. 


For further information contact:

Hannah Sewell
Seven Hills
Tel: +44 (0)2071992219

Rohma Ahmed
PR and Content Executive
Tel: 0207 921 8079

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About the National Business Awards
Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the National Business Awards is the UK’s most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business.  Now in its 15th year, the National Business Awards connects the nations’ professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership and round table events; and is UBM plc’s flagship awards programme.


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2016 categories include:

  • The QBE Insurance New Exporter of the Year in association with Exporting is GREAT
  • The Customer Focus Award
  • The Amazon Digital Business of the Year
  • The Howard Kennedy Employer of the Year
  •  The Lloyds Bank New Business of the Year
  • The Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year
  • The Lloyds Bank Small to Medium-Sized Business of the Year
  • The Vonage Business Enabler of the Year
  • The Grichan Partnership Sustainable Business Award
  • The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship
  • The Business Award for Arts and Creative Services
  • The Innovation Award
  • The Smith & Williamson Scale-Up Business of the Year
  • The Lloyds Bank Positive Social Impact Award
  • Inflexion Entrepreneur of the Year
  • The Lloyds Bank Mid-Market Business of the Year

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The National Business Awards is organised by UBM EMEA. UBM EMEA connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets.   Through premier brands such as MD&M, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show and many others, UBM EMEA exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.

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About M Squared
Photonics technology company, M Squared is a leading force in the laser and photonics market. From its headquarters in Scotland, the company designs and manufactures a range of award winning laser systems for scientific researchers, supplying world-leading institutions such as the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Birmingham in the UK and MIT, Harvard, NIST and JILA in the USA.

Through its dedicated Innovation Group, M Squared partners with research bodies and commercial partners globally to develop novel light-based applications that have the potential to tackle global problems.

Since starting out in 2006, M Squared has established itself as one of Britain’s most innovative, disruptive technology businesses. It has been recognised by the Deloitte Technology Fast 50, Deloitte EMEA Fast 500 and Sunday Times Fast Track 100.

This year alone, the company was selected by Bloomberg as one of its Business Innovators for 2016, by Everline as a Future 50 business, and awarded the prestigious 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

With a turnover exceeding £10 million, the Scottish company now employs more than 75 staff globally. The company has a worldwide customer base supported via a global network of distributors, representatives and local offices, including its subsidiary M Squared Inc. in the USA.