A Shropshire-based manufacturer has been chosen as a champion of enterprise with the aim of promoting more entrepreneurs in the region.
Contour Casings, which makes surface temperature radiator guards, received its award at the Ricoh Stadium in Coventry to mark its expansion.
The Telford company has created 12 new jobs and increased sales to around £1.2 million following the launch of its pioneering anti-bacterial paint BioCote.
The paint, which is helping UK hospitals battle the MRSA superbug, has helped the company expand from a father and son operation to employing 14 in two years.
It will now become a 'champion' for the West Midlands and contribute to promoting the region as a centre of enterprise excellence and a perfect place to start a new high growth business.
Leigh Simpson, who runs the company with his father George, said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been recognised as a Champion of Enterprise and believe the award highlights the achievements of everyone connected with the business."
Mustard.uk.com, the high growth business start-up service, is working with Advantage West Midlands and Midlands Excellence to develop the network, which will feature 25 of the most successful entrepreneurs.
As part of the group, the selected firms will benefit from inter-trading opportunities, leadership courses and exclusive use of the champions logo.
Kul Sanghera, Mustard.uk.com, said: "Hopefully it will form a hotbed of knowledge and expertise, which can ultimately be transferred to the benefit of other aspiring entrepreneurs."