Goonhilly Down satellite tracking station in Cornwall and the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth are spearheading a new line of business for this month's winner of The Birmingham Post Business Awards.
Both venues have recently bought emergency evacuation chairs from Tyseley company ParAid, a specialist in healthcare and safety products.
The chairs have been installed to ensure that disa-bled visitors can be safely and quickly evacuated from the giant dome at Goonhilly and from the 361ft-high observation platform at the Spinnaker Tower.
The sales represent the start of new period of growth for ParAid, owner and managing director Barry Scholes said yesterday.
"Before we were selling from industry to industry but now we are moving well into the general public arena.
"We see locations such as a hotels and leisure centres as a prospective big new market and our chairs are now being installed on P&O cruise liners," he added.
Mr Scholes and his wife Helen received the July award from Stephen Joynes, owner and chairman of Hoar Cross Hall health spa in Stafford-shire which hosted the event.
Mr Scholes organised a management buy-out of ParAid from Weston Hydraulics in 1985, the year the Post Business Awards were launched.
Since then the company has g rown into a business employing 50 people and turning over more than £5 million a year.
The Weston Lane company makes a range of medical and safety products, including the Evac+Chair, the world's bestselling stairway evacuation chair.
ParAid developed the chair after securing the European manufacturing rights from its New York-based inventor in 1989. Since then sales have grown to some 7,500 units a year.
Customers for the Evac+Chair have so far predominantly been government-funded bodies such as police forces, education authorities, hospitals and other healthcare providers.
The chairs themselves are light in weight, but each is capable of transporting someone weighing up to 150 kilos or nearly 24 stones.
ParAid has previously exported about a third of its output to markets such as the US and mainland Europe and has plans to expand into Japan and the wider Pacific Rim as well as the Middle East.
David Smith, chairman of the Post Business Awards panel of judges and managing director of Churchill Vinters in Birmingham, said: "We thought the achievements of this company made the best business news story in The Birmingham Post last month."
Mr Scholes said: "I was staggered to be told we had won this award."
The main sponsors of The Birmingham Post Business Awards are Intercity Mobile Communications and Churchill Vintners in association with Champagne Taittinger.
British Airways and Aston Business School provide further support, along with Biztv, part of Aston Media at Aston University, which produces a business video of each monthly winner worth £2,500.
And Warwickshire County Cricket Club is providing a private box for one of their day/night games next season.