This Stockport firm’s lasers are exported to research institutions and commercial laboratories worldwide. The acquisition of two laser companies in Germany and a sales office in California helped exports reach £12.6m in 2014. Chief executive Lawrence Gloster, 47, teamed up with two fellow Manchester University PhD physicists to start the business in 1994.

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Company details
Year2016
Rank97
CompanyLaser Quantum
ActivityLaser technology developer
LocationStockport
2 yr av intl sales growth % pa34.31
International sales £000s12,615
Total sales £000s12,985
Staff97
Founded1994
Websitewww.laserquantum.com

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