The winner of this year's Aston Business School Award vowed to go one better next year and win the overall annual Birmingham Post Business Award.
Bevan Group, a maker of truck bodies from Oldbury, was recognised by the judges for its £2 million investment in a new factory in Amber Way, Halesowen.
The investment has paid off handsomely for the firm, which has increased production from 10 vehicles to 30 a week, while sales have continued to rise from £12 million last year to £16.5 million this year.
After collecting the award from David Richards, the chairman of Aston Martin, managing director Anthony Bevan said his company was aiming higher next year.
He said: "The new factory has been a great success. In our first quarter we moved production from two sites onto a new location and we still increased sales by six per cent.
"That is very pleasing to do that, and now we are aiming for more. It's great that eight out of the 12 monthly winners were manufacturers”
“That shows the strength manufacturing in this area. Now we want to come back next year and win the main award."
As well as further organic growth, Mr Bevan said his firm was currently working on an acquisition of another Midland manufacturer.
"This acquisition will not reduce capacity or jobs. It will increase the volume of the business and the number of people we employ.
"At the moment we have about 200 people, but that could go up to 260."
Chris Hare, director of Bevan Group, added: "It's wonderful to win this award; it will be nice to go back to the company and tell everyone their hard work has been recognised.
"The awards process made us reflect on the business has come from and where it is going.
"It is fantastic, and has raised our profile further."
After winning the award, Bevan Group will receive a selection of modules from Aston Business School tailored to that company's needs often taking the form of an MBA for one of the company's executives and worth up to £10,000.
Mr Richards, who is also the chairman of automotive engineering firm Prodrive, said: "Events like this symbolise the extraordinary thriving industry we still have in the West Midlands.
"The car industry is the heart and soul of as well as motor racing, the world centre of which is based on our doorstep.
"Awards like this applaud business, especially those in the start up stage, which are making great strides for the future."
Copy of article from Birmingham Post, 21st June 2007