A reborn Coventry engineering company is reaping the rewards after putting a business service's advice into action.
M&S Precision, based at Bayton Road Industrial Estate in Exhall, has invested in its future by buying a machine which was part funded by Business Link and has led to the firm securing new business.
The company, which is a second tier supplier of sub contract machining predominantly for the automotive industry, has invested £18,000 on a new horizontal CNC (computer numerical control) machine.
The new addition will increase the company's number of machines to seven and allow it to take on an extra £100,000 of work.
The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce's Business Link service through the Hub resource centre on Bayton Road also suggested the automotive machine company should achieve ISO 9000.
And the 12 employees at M&S Precision are currently working towards securing the industry standard award.
Martyn Cooper, managing director of M&S Precision which was formed three years ago, said the advice and support of Business Link had proved invaluable.
"Business Link helped with funding towards purchasing a machine which led to us securing a contract to manufacture parts for engines," he said.
"We would not have been able to compete for this contract without the machine. It improves our output and allows us to secure betterpaid contracts so it will give us the opportunity to move forwards.
"It is very very tough in engineering, but this machinery will help us compete.
"Achieving the ISO 9000 standard will further help the company to grow because it emphasises to our customers the importance we place on having the best possible standards in every area of the business."
Mr Cooper set the company up three years ago after he seperated from Woolley GMC.
He said: "I must be mad, but I've spent a lot of time working for myself, which I enjoyed more."
Business Link adviser Peter Arnott said more and more manufacturing companies preferred to deal with firms that had achieved the ISO certificate.
"We provided a grant to help M&S Precision with funding towards gaining the ISO standard because it will prove vital in the company's development," he said.
"The company is determined to survive in a competitive market and they are prepared to invest in their systems and equipment to give them an edge on their competitors."