A Blackpool firm set up above a charity shop and which employs just 11 people is gearing up to take the world by storm.
Tiss Ltd of Lytham Road is all set to take its innovative device for preventing fuel theft from haulage vehicles to two of the biggest international shows in the world.
And in a busy few weeks its representatives will be flying home to take part in the presentation of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise next month - the UK’s most prestigious business award.
Tiss was founded in 2001 by father and son Brian and Ryan Wholey, former Hauliers searching for solutions to address the real-life security issues they faced operating their own haulage company.
Their TankSafe devices started out as little more than a baked bean tin with holes drilled in it, but have developed into a range of devices which prevent crooks siphoning off fuel from trucks and they now have offices, officers and distributors in more than 40 major territories around the world.
Marketing manager Tom Davis said: “This is a really busy time for us. We have people going out to Frankfurt to the Automechanika 2014 trade fair next week and then shortly afterwards they will be at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover which is about 10 times the size of the Commercial Vehicle Show held at the NEC in Birmingham.
“It is probably the biggest trade fair of its kind in the world and a great opportunity to get our product out there.
“We are going to be launching out newest device – the high flow version of the TankFlow Impregnable, which allows trucks to fill up much quicker.
“It’s a huge thing for us. A lot of countries have different fuelling rates in litres per minute and this is designed to cope with that.
“After that we are all looking forward to the presentation of the Queen’s Award which will be taking place with the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, the Mayor and Mayoress and a presentation from the UK Trade and Investment.
“The publicity we got from the Queen’s Award has been invaluable. People in the US love the Queen and so that has been a great help for us over there.
“We area now concentrating on making the most of the opportunities.”