A KIRKLEES business leader has been honoured for steering his company to record growth.

Paul Rose, chief executive of Dewsbury-based Rixonway Kitchens, won the category for manufacturing at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Mr Rose was one of 12 entrepreneurs from Yorkshire to be shortlisted in the competition – alongside regional leaders in areas such as surgical instruments, marketing and car rental.Š

The competition culminated in a black tie dinner hosted by BBC presenter Jeremy Vine at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester.

Mr Rose was recognised for the “stellar” growth rates achieved at Rixonway, which is a leading manufacturer of kitchens for the affordable and social housing sector.

Under his leadership the company has been transformed from a small regional kitchen manufacturer into one of the market leaders.

Mr Rose led a £27m management buyout of Rixonway in 2006 and the firm has grown revenue from £19m to £29m over the last three years.

He said: “Good customer service has been key to the expansion. By constantly reviewing our service and product offering, we are able to remain ahead of our competitors. The ability to react quickly to market changes also sets us apart.”

The firm’s success comes on the back of appearances in both the Sunday Times Profit Track 100 and Buyout Track 100 where Rixonway was listed 36th and 17th respectively. Both tables rank Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing profits.