Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses and spam, was honoured to be visited by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on Friday 20 February.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Sophos's newly built £32 million global headquarters in Abingdon, close to Oxford, UK and saw the work done by the company's renowned experts who help businesses worldwide defend themselves from spam and computer virus attack.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh toured the premises, meeting staff, and saw experts working in high-security laboratories analysing the very latest computer viruses.
Following the tour, The Queen presented the company with a cherry tree and the building was officially declared open.
Sophos's Abingdon headquarters covers a total area of 145,000 sq ft, is three storeys high and is finished externally in glass, steel, aluminium and brick. The building can house 600 employees, and provides extensive visitor and training facilities for Sophos employees, partners and its customers. Other facilities include a roof garden and a south-facing staff restaurant which overlooks wild landscaping and a lake.
Sophos employs over 700 staff worldwide, and was declared Company of the Year at the CBI Growing Business Awards in 2001 and 2003. The Company was also awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise and The Queen's Award for Innovation in 2002.
Peter Lammer, joint CEO of Sophos, describes to Her Majesty the Queen the nature of the computer virus problem.
The Duke meets some of Sophos's technical staff.
Sophos protects businesses around the world from viruses and spam.
The Queen met and spoke to many Sophos staff members.
Stuart Taylor, of the Sophos virus lab, and Jan Hruska, joint CEO of Sophos, show His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh a virus analyst at work.
The Duke takes a closer look at the code on virus analyst Emma Cooper's monitor.
Peter Lammer thanks The Queen for visiting and opening the new Sophosheadquarters.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh share a joke following the opening ceremony with Peter Lammer and Jan Hruska.