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A fledgling restaurant, a courier service and a firm on the verge of the Internet's next big breakthrough are the prizewinners in the Black Country heats of the Mustard.uk.com Awards 2004.
India Gates, EDS Couriers and Glaxstar Ltd beat off competition from 12 other high growth companies from across the area to land Best Start-up, Best Young Business and the Most Innovative title respectively.
Their combination of creativity, strong performance and job creation will ensure that they make a big impact when they go up against the finest companies in Birmingham , Coventry & Warwickshire, Herefordshire & Worcester, Shropshire and Staffordshire later this month.
David Lindsay, client manager at Black Country Business Link, said: "The entrepreneurial culture is has certainly alive and kicking and I am confident that in India Gates, EDS and Glaxstar we have three firms that will more than match anything the rest of the West Midlands can offer."
He added: "Each company has demonstrated a clear the vision and strong understanding of their market, not to mention the creativity and tenacity needed to grow turnover and create jobs."
The Mustard Awards 2004 supported by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Natwest, ITV Central and Yo Sushi founder Simon Woodroffe are designed to celebrate and promote the best high-growth businesses in the region and will come to a grand finale in front of 250 people at the Hilton Metro- pole on October 28.
Securing the Best Start up accolade is India Gates, a contemporary restaurant in the heart of Bilston.
Formed by the Atwal and Kooner families, the company has taken derelict premises in Mount Pleasant and transformed them.
Turnover has already rocketed past the £200,000 mark and, thanks to a ‘belief in doing things differently', the entrepreneurial team are already eyeing the next stage of development.
"India Gates has grown from my husband's pipedream into a fully- fledged family business that has created ten jobs and is fast putting Bilston on the culinary map,' explained managing director Raj Atwal, who also picked up a major title at this year's Black Country Asian Business Association dinner.
Express and Star - Business - 4th October 2004