The latest monthly winner of The Birmingham Post Business Awards was founded in the same year as the scheme - and has been going up in the world ever since.
Lift & Engineering Services was named the June 2005 winner of the 20-year-old awards at a reception hosted by the Malmaison Hotel, Birmingham.
The award, in the shape of a commemorative plaque and a magnum of Taittinger champagne, was received by Paul Haywood, purchasing manager at L&ES, and Pete Wells, manager of the company's Access division.
L&ES was founded by Paul Haywood's father, Michael Haywood, who decided to strike out on his own after experience in the lift industry.
He began by making components such as grilles at a workshop in Birmingham before moving to a series of bigger premises in the Black Country.
Michael Haywood has now retired and the family business is being carried on by Paul and his brothers Dave and Wayne.
With the support of its long-term backer, Lloyds TSB Corporate, the company recently merged two sites in Sydney Road, Cradley Heath, and Lye Valley Industrial Estate, on to a 25,000 sq ft base in Portersfield Road.
The move has enabled the company to bring its manufacturing and administration functions under one roof for the first time since it began to expand.
The new site has not only enabled L&ES to expand its capacity but also to open a showroom to show off its bespoke products, which include passenger, platform and stair lifts.
The business now employs 68 people and turnover is currently running at just over #5 million a year.
The workforce includes nine trainees who are working towards NVQs and other industry qualifications.
'There is a shortage of qualified lift engineers and the best way forward for us is to train our own,' said Peter Wells. Every lift that L&ES produces is designed and manufactured to customers' requirements.
Current projects include a passsenger lift at Kenilworth Castle, parts of which date back to the 12th century or earlier, and Birmingham International Airport.
An earlier project saw the company design a retro-looking lift for the Victoria Law Courts in Birmingham and it is also currently working on a car lift for a new development in the city.
'The Kenilworth Castle contract involves installing a life in one of the turrets that cannot be fixed to the structure in any way,' said Mr Wells. 'It has given our design department something to think about.'
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