A Tamworth-based quality testing firm is measuring up for global success.
Tamworth Quality Services, based on Tame Valley Industrial Estate, is set on a major investment programme that includes a move to new 6,500 sq ft premises equipped with state of the art facilities and a clean-room to enable precise particulate measurement.
The five-year old business, which specialises in third party inspection, testing and product cleaning services for the automotive sector, is now on track to become a world player in its markets, and to increase turnover to £750,000 in the current year.
TQS was established by Dennis Powick, William Dicken and Brian Grainger in 2001 when the three engineers spotted an opportunity to start up on their own to exploit the growing trend among manufacturers to outsource non-core services.
The company has since built a loyal client base that includes car manufacturers and components suppliers, not only in the UK but also in 50 countries worldwide.
However, just one year ago managing the rapid growth of the business was bringing its own problems.
Ian Kiley, Business Link Staffordshire manager for Accelerate, an Advantage West Midlands initiative, has been working with the directors to create a sound platform for future growth.
Improvements have included restructuring its finances, introducing new quality procedures, and bringing in specialist advice and mentoring from Warwick Manufacturing Consultants to improve efficiencies.
Business Link is also working with the company on a staff training and development programme, with some activity supported through Staffordshire Learning and Skills Council's Train to Gain scheme.
Mr Kiley said: "This was a business with the potential to grow rapidly but, following its early success, the directors were faced with increased demand and a need to expand operations, while maintaining the quality of service.
"We have taken a holistic approach that has covered all aspects from planning and finance to staff training and quality control.
"I am confident that Tam-worth Quality is now ideally placed to out-perform its rivals and achieve its targets."
Funding towards some of the development projects came through the Accelerate programme, which is designed to assist companies in the automotive sector that have the potential for growth.
Mr Powick commented: "This additional support has made a fundamental impact on our ability to compete more effectively."
The company officially marked its move to the Tame Valley site with a reception attended by the Mayor of Tamworth, Coun Maureen Grant.