Lichfield-based project management company Lorien Engineering Solutions has reported its best-ever performance across a range of areas.

The business supports market leaders within the food, brewing and pharmaceutical industries with high-tech manufacturing facility design and project management services.

Fee turnover for the year ended December 1, 2007, was £6 million, with a gross value of all projects at £100 million.

The company also says that it now completes 30 per cent of its business abroad, a significant increase of 23 per cent from the previous year.

Managing director Steve Slater said: "2007-08 has been an exceptional year for us, seeing increases in both our turnover and profitability on what was a very good 2006. We have also seen our client retention level climb to a best ever 90 per cent from 82 per cent in 2006."

The business was formed 23 years ago with around 30 staff from a brewing base in Burton-on-Trent, but now employs 70 people from its Lichfield site.

It has since diversified into all forms of food, beverages and pharmacy products, as well as developing specialist areas in sustainability and health and safety consultancy.

The latest development for the business has been a substantial increase in the number of staff dealing with both health and safety issues and environmental sustainability consulting work.

Steve Turner, the director leading the sustainability business, sees a big future for the company in this part of the market.

He said: "We are attracting clients from a variety of sources, including municipal waste collectors who need to recycle more, charitable organisations wanting to ensure they're operating in a sustainable manner, and developers needing new materials sourcing strategies."