A Tamworth-based firm which has developed an innovative quoting software has seen its sales jump 84 per cent in the first quarter this year.
Easyquote - created by Integrated Ordering Systems in Amington - cuts the time it takes kitchen, bedroom and bathroom salespeople to draw up quotes by about half.
The system was developed by managing director Leigh Martin after he spotted a gap in the market.
Mr Martin, who studied programming at Tamworth College, created the system whilst working for Tyseleybased kitchen manufacturer Mereway.
"I joined Mereway as an IT director in 1995 and, over five y ears, it went from a £5 million turnover company to a £25 million one," Mr Martin said.
"We had spent many years developing software to speed up the manufacturing process, but customers were still having difficulties pricing up bespoke kitchens.
"We decided to create software that would allow sales-people to specify the units they wanted and then have the cost calculated for several different designs."
The product was so successful, Mr Martin realised its potential for other manufacturers.
Last October Integrated Ordering Systems was spun out of Mereway in a management buy-out.
It has now sold 1,600 licenses in total and manages nine million products and prices from 1,100 catalogues. Clients include Spanish kitchen and bathroom firm Porcelanosa, Nottingham-based Scott Wood and Atlas Bathrooms.
The firm hopes to hit the £1 million turnover mark at the end of this year.
"I think if you've got a new idea for a product or service you have to get as much feedback as you can about its potential," Mr Martin said.
"Even though I had experience working for a kitchen manufacturer, it was other people that gave me the confidence to develop Easyquote. I was cautious and often thought it wouldn't take off."
Mr Martin said he thought the Best Business Innovation Awards could help firms looking for funding.
"Any competition raises the profile of the company can be a good thing," he said.
"When we went through our buy-out we had to face the dragon's den of finance companies to raise funds. If you have won an award, I think it adds weight to your case."
The company now hopes to expand the use of Easyquote amongst bathroom and bedroom manufactures, as well as kitchen companies.