THE newly crowned Business of the year credits change as the key to its success.
And Karas Industries landed the most prestigious award at the glittering ceremony.
Two years ago, the firm, which was experiencing a rather tough time, re-vamped its whole outlook and has seen remarkable results because of it.
And 2011 has been an exciting time to be at the Leigh-based firm, crowned the borough’s top firm at the Kilhey Court ceremony.
It has built up to a £2m-a-year turnover and has managed to create a host of new jobs.
Karas, which is a specialist in the metal-plating industry, has its products used by blue chip names including Tyco Energy, Alstom, Schneider, National Grid and ITT Canon for electrical conductivity purposes.
They are also used in other areas such as the oil and gas industry, gas metering and the military.
Operating from its Brooklands Mill base, the company has been established for an impressive 40 years.
Staff have been rewarded for their hard work with four internal promotions over the past two years.
In that time, the workforce has grown from 23 to 30 with another four jobs planned in the next six months.
Director Andrew Ashcroft, who attended the awards alongside wife Barbara, said: “It is a fantastic achievement to win the Business of the Year award, we are so proud and it is down to the hard work of all our staff.
“It is a tremendous achievement and we really have enjoyed a successful two years and have continued to grow.”