A Glasgow-based laser manufacturing company has won a prestigious Amazon Growing Business Award at a national ceremony in London.
The Scottish company saw off competition from hundreds of entrepreneurs and businesses from across the UK to claim the top prize.
Glasgow-based M Squared won the Innovator of the Year award after competing against names including BubbleBum, RostaGeek and ZapGo.
Created by Real Business and backed by the CBI, the Amazon Growing Business Awards are one the most well established and respected national recognition programme for SMEs and entrepreneurial success.
Previous VIP guests including Bill Gates, Gordon Brown and Stelios Haji-Ioannou.
The 2016 event, held at The Brewery in London, received nominations from over 500 SMEs from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Speaking after picking up the award, Dr Graeme Malcolm OBE, CEO and Founder of M Squared said: “I’m honoured to collect the Amazon Growing Business Award here in London on behalf of the team at M Squared. We thrive on putting innovation at the heart of our business, and in what has been a year of achievements, this recognition is fantastic further recognition. The Amazon Growing Business Awards is renowned as the ultimate awards programme, and it is a privilege to represent Scotland’s small businesses tonight.”
“We would like to offer our congratulations to all the winners and businesses highly commended last night,” said Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon. “Small businesses are the backbone of Britain, and so it’s immensely inspiring to hear such a number of success stories, showing that creative ideas and relentless drive is found around the country.”
Speaking in support of the Amazon Growing Business Awards, Tom Thackray, CBI Director of Innovation, added:
“The CBI is delighted to support the Amazon Growing Business Awards, championing the vibrant network of SMEs as they undergo their scale-up journey. We wish all those who have taken part the greatest of success for the years ahead.”
Hunter Ruthven, Editor of Real Business said: “This year’s winning and highly commended businesses deserve huge recognition for their success in seeing off a record level of competition across every award category. On behalf of everyone at Real Business, we would like to thank all those who entered this year’s Amazon Growing Business Awards and we look forward to hearing even more inspiring stories in next year’s entries.”
Since its launch in 1999, the awards have celebrated exceptional growing businesses with past winners including innocent Drinks, Betfair, Lovefilm and Fever-Tree.