A Black Country caravan aficionado is gleaming after top marks and new orders for an innovative polish.
Derrick Hemingsley's Care-avan Polish beat nine brands in a test by Practical Caravan Magazine, sparking a flurry of orders.
Mr Hemingsley, who founded his business, Care-avan Caravan Products, with his wife and two friends after being made redundant, said he was overjoyed.
"Some people say it is a bit sad, but I am really excited that we have done so well," the 46-year-old said.
"Caravanning has always been a passion for me and I knew it was a good product because we had been using it on our caravans.
"But you always think your own is the best, it's nice when it's recognised by someone else as well."
Mr Hemingsley, who had previously spent 26 years as a stock operations manager for Littlewoods in Wednesbury, set up Kingswinford-based Care-avan in November 2005 using his redundancy pay.
"I had no plans at all when I lost my job," he said. "I had worked for the same company for so long it was a complete shock. I started looking around for jobs and then it occurred to me that I could earn money from my passion - caravans."
The aim of the firm was to develop innovative new products that would make life easier for dedicated caravanners.
Mr Hemingsley has owned his own caravan for the past nine years and wanted to use his experiences to create the designs.
The company's first product was the 'Drain-away' waste pipe, launched in February 2005, which helps prevent splashes when emptying caravan waste.
Spurred on by feedback he received from customers, Mr Hemingsley made the decision to develop another new product - specialist caravan polish. "I have always enjoyed cleaning the caravan but realised there was a need for polish designed specifically for caravans," he said.
"Modern caravans not only have metal sides, but also have a plastic front with a gel coat that can not be polished with products designed for cars. So I decided to create a polish that could be used on both surfaces."
Mr Hemingsley made contact with a UK chemical company who developed the product to his specification.
The product launched in April and its reputation has been building rapidly since.
"It's been amazing really," Mr Hemingsley said. "When we first started we were telephoning dealers and asking if they would supply our products, but they had never heard of us. Now they are ringing us!"
The publicity has also opened up a new market for Care-avan.
"Apparently jet skis also have gel-coated plastics," said Mr Hemingsley.
"So we've recently had a call from a jet ski magazine who are also interested in testing the polish."
Although the business is yet to make a profit, Mr Hemingsley said he is now confident the business will soon be able to stand on its own.
"Ultimately the aim is to move the company forward and for it to provide full time positions not only for me but for my wife and our two business partners.
"It's starting to make its mark and I would like to see it stand on its own feet.
"We've only invested between £3,000 and £4,000 in product development, so we're hoping for a good payback."
The company is on its way to launching a third product, although Mr Hemingsley is reluctant to reveal it.
"It is currently being tested , but it's a product we believe could save caravanners up to £60. we're very excited about it," he said.