Secret of Our Cutting Edge Is All Wrap and Roll! ++BUSINESS AWARDS++ FINALIST - INTERNATIONAL TRADE AWARD & SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

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A COVENTRY company is right on the edge - the leading edge of its technology, that is.

And its business-savvy MD is so determined to make it world leader in its field that he's steadfastly learning Chinese.

Carton Edge Systems Ltd - eight years on from launch and employing just two people - turned over more than pounds 1million last year, with three-quarters of those orders coming from 11 other countries.

A clutch of patents on new products, mostly developed in-house, mean it is likely to remain a serial winner.

It is currently a finalist for the Coventry Telegraph's UK Trade & Investment-sponsored International Trade Award and the HSBC Bank plc-backed Small Business of the Year Award.

Two years ago, it won the Telegraph's Business Innovation Award and last year picked up a Queen's Award for innovation, too.

CES's stock in trade is serrated cutting edges, and the machines for fixing them onto the baking foil-type cardboard cartons found in kitchens throughout the developed world.

The chicken came before the egg in this case as the company's technical director, Eddie Owen, invented the machine for fixing the edges to cartons and then, with MD Ian Jamie, set about developing new types of edging material. …