A Redditch healthcare company marketing a revolutionary back implant is in line to be named Britain's Best Exporter.
Surigcraft has designed and developed the Stalif, a polymer back implant that can flex like bone giving patients far more flexibility and comfort than the traditional titanium versions.
Now the firm, which was established in 1924 and exports its products all over the world, has made it to the finals of the British Chambers of Commerce Awards.
Surgicraft, which is a member of Herefordshire and Worcestershire and Birmingham chamber of commerce, has already won the local and regional West Midlands heats.
The firm joins two Herefordshire companies battling for the BCC honours.
Milsys UK, a supplier of fast-assembly tents for the armed forces, police and ambulance services, based in Rotherwas, is up for the Most Promising New Business Award.
Bioganix, in Leominster, hopes for the Innovation through Technology Award for its cutting-edge rotary system for recycling animal and fish-based waste from the food-processing and catering trades and local authorities into environmentally-friendly organic compost for farmers.
All three companies will be off to the Old Royal Naval College, in Greenwich, London, on November 23, to see if they have what it takes to be the best in Britain.
Christine Jones, chief executive of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, said: "These companies are a shining example of the best the two counties have to offer. They are innovative, forward-thinking and dynamic in their approach. We are very proud indeed to have three members in the national finals of the Chamber Awards 2006, which showcase the best companies in the country."