Auto-Silicone Hoses Ltd was named fastest growing medium-sized company of the year.


From its base in Mirfield, the company supplies a range of automotive parts including performance silicone hoses, hose clips, alloy pipes and air filters.


As well as selling direct to the public via online channels, Auto-Silicone Hoses also has customers including performance specialists, engine tuners, race and rally car preparation, specialist vehicle manufacturers and even Formula 1 teams.


Company founders Rob Matheson and Andrew Young started in business together as teenagers at school selling items on eBay.


Auto-Silicone Hoses now turns over £6.4m a year and employs over 60 people.


Auto Silicone Hoses presented with its award

Fast movers - fastest growing medium-sized business winner Auto Silicone Hoses is presented with its award (from left) Bernard Ginns of The Yorkshire Post, Rob Matheson of Auto Silicone Hoses, Roger Marsh of Leeds City Regional Local Enterprise Partnership and Ward Hadaway Managing Partner Jamie Martin.


Rob Matheson said: "It was quite a shock to win. I think it's down to knowing how to sell on the internet, having a good team around you and perseverance."


Auto-Silicone Hoses won the award ahead of second-placed sealing and bearing products maker FTL Seals Technology Limited and third-placed steel frame specialist P.A.W. Structures Limited.


The winning companies and the runners-up were revealed before an audience of 200 Fastest 50 company representatives and Yorkshire business leaders at Aspire Leeds on Friday 14 March.