Market Evaluation

Harlin can help review the market for new products and the implications of new technology developments on your business with bespoke market opportunity analysis that identifies and quantifies the potential for new products. We focus on the huge variety of applications for optical and photonics technology and aligned enabling technology sectors.

Governance & Coaching

Harlin provides extensive expertise in understanding the impact of enabling technology, e.g. Photonics, on companies, local, national and international regions.

Technology IMpact

If you are looking for a proactive non-executive director, Harlin have experience sitting on the boards of schools, charities, start ups and SMEs. We are professional, strategic thinkers, and can help you grow your business.

The Photonics Leadership Group collects and disseminates input from the UK photonics industry to provide expert guidance to government, support agencies, users and developers of photonics highlighting opportunities for maximising growth and adoption of this key enabling technology. Dr John Lincoln is the Chief Executive of the PLG appointed by member vote.

About Harlin

Since 2006 Harlin Ltd has been providing business development, market evaluation and technology impact consultancy services to companies, schools and universities, trade associations and charities.  Many organisations need to adapt to rapidly varying markets and keep long-term costs to a minimum. Getting external support to understanding the potential impact of new business directions avoids distracting internal teams from existing customers, and this maximises the information available. At Harlin we enable clients to understand demand, investment impact and the full potential for new product development whilst supporting early engagement with key customers and funding organisations.

We predominantly focus on the huge variety of applications integrating photonics technology leveraging Dr John Lincoln’s three decades of experience in the field and frequently drawing on an international network of collaborators.

Portfolio Reports

The following selection of public domain reports have been developed in collaboration with Harlin. Private bespoke reports remain confidential to the client.

UK Photonics Industry Size 2019

Updating the size of the UK Photonics industry

UK Acoustics: Sound Economics

Quantifying the size of the UK Acoustics industry

UK Photonics: The Hidden Economics Engine

Detailing the impact of photonics on the UK economy

The Big UK Data Centre Equipment Opportunity

Reporting on the opportunity for next generation network and other equipment in UK datacentres

The Leverage Effect of Photonics: The European Perspective

A benchmark report on the impact photonics has on the whole of the European economy prepared for the European Comission in 2011-12. Harlin was responsible for developing the impact methodology

Our Team

John Lincoln profile

Dr John Lincoln

John has an extensive track record as a Business Development and Engineering Professional at board level in small and large organisations. He has helped secure significant venture funding, countless grants, guided policy and business plans and been instrumental in developing the relationships to secure strategic investment. Extensive industrial experience and over a decade in independent business development is supplemented by a rare combination of Physics PhD from the prestigious Southampton University and an MBA from Exeter University (which specialises in a non-prescriptive approach to management). He maintains a strong interest in developing new technology products and maximising the economic benefit of applying new technology, especially for the photonics industry

Rebecca profile

Rebecca Harwood Lincoln

Rebecca is a results-oriented and highly strategic business leader with invaluable international experience. Armed with in-depth knowledge of domestic and export sales and marketing she is familiar with conducting international negotiations with business partners helped by her fluent German and French. She has been actively involved in brand strategy and management, opening new markets for numerous start ups and SMEs – and having improved the visibility and commercial success of well-known brands. Rebecca is a Guest Lecturer at Strathclyde University Business School of which she is an Alumni and founding member of their Business Fellow Network. Her Non Executive Director roles have included being a proactive School Governor for over 20 years, Her extensive NED experience includes strategic reviews, scrutinising financial reports, chairing committees and attending staff and student panels. She has also previously been an active Trustee of Salisbury Area Young Musicians.

Dr Gregory Flinn

Dr Gregory Flinn

Harlin frequently works with a number of partners including Dr Gregory Flinn. Gregory has since been instrumental in supporting numerous photonics SMEs and collating numerous photonics technology and market reports since 2004. In establishing the correct content, a broad base of well-placed international contacts across the industry ensures excellent reach when collating opinions and for determining trends in the industry. Putting Photonics into Context has also generated an extensive catalogue of well-received and internationally published technical articles, all for various photonics organisations – some large & global, some small and cutting-edge. Gregory was previously Editor-in-Chief of Laser+Photonik, a leading German technical photonics publication. Gregory maintains a working portfolio that helps him best understand both sides of the marketing environment – and not only for Europe. He is located close Munich and is fluent in German