THREE EXAMS, THREE AND A HALF HOURS LONG EACH, IN THREE DAYS

A headline that sounds worthy of a gold medal! TMAT would like to applaud Rob Bates on his recent exam success.

Rob is currently working towards becoming CIMA qualified (Chartered Institute of Management Accounts) while in full-time employment here at TMAT. He recently found out that he has passed some of the CIMA exams which were particularly gruelling given the time scale between each paper.

Sitting three exams over three days was a challenge but Rob had been studying for them since February taking weekend classes and dedicating his evenings after work.

Rob started working in accounts straight after school, became AAT qualified and then commenced working towards the CIMA qualification. He has already passed the Managerial level of the qualification but aiming high Rob is now on target to becoming a qualified Management Accountant.

Now in the final stages of the course, TMAT would like to wish him the very best of luck for his final exam at the end of this month.

 

 

TMAT – Racing to raise money for Charity

TMAT is on a mission to raise money for a variety of charities in the Sheffield Half Marathon on Sunday 27th May.

The Race starts at Don Valley Stadium goes through the streets of the city centre and the finishes back at the stadium.

Jason Lippitt, MD is hoping to raise at least £1000 from TMAT with a view to the Company matching all sponsorship raised. Some of the contributions will go towards TMAT’s chosen charity “Ashgate Hospice” and the remainder will be shared between the charities chosen by the employees that are running.

Jason Lippitt is running for the British Heart Foundation. Jason said: “ My son was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease at only one day old. As I’ve supported many charities in the past I had decided to put some of my energy in raising funds for this fantastic charity”.

Theresa Morton is running for Brain Tumor UK. Theresa told TMAT: “This charity is close to my heart. My sister was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year and has just finished radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment following a craniotomy operation to remove the tumour”.

Lee Carpenter is running for Help For Heroes. Lee advised: “I have chosen this charity because I have close friends and relatives in the armed forces, knowing that there is a charity that can provide the necessary support and can make a real difference to the lives of our wounded is a comfort”.

TMAT wishes each and every person running the Sheffield half marathon the best of luck in raising money for their chosen charity. There are many good reasons for supporting this sponsored event, so please help if you can.

If you’d like to help TMAT raise money and make a donation then please contact Jo Kisgory for more information. Joanne.Kisgory@TMatUK.com or 01246 599733.

New member of the senior management team

TMAT is proud to announce that Greg Smith has been promoted to Sales Manager and is now part of the Senior Management Team, working alongside Laura Bawden, Financial Controller and David Delaney, Operations Manager.

Greg started with TMAT in November 2011 as Key Account Manager looking after clients JCB, Terex UK, Komatsu and Claas.

Jason Lippitt, MD said: “Greg has shown outstanding commitment towards customers and their challenges and I welcome him to the senior management team.” Greg brings a great deal of experience to this new role and he has a wealth of knowledge in composite materials design and manufacture as well as extensive Sales, Marketing and Commercial acumen.

As Sales Manager Greg will continue to work very closely with TMAT’s customers and also contribute and deliver the strategy of the board of directors.

MEP champions GB manufacturing in East Midlands

TMAT Ltd welcomed MEP for the East Midlands Emma McClarkin to its factory this week to officially open its new state-of-the-art laboratory and to be shown a Case New Holland Tractor that is fitted out with TMAT’s acoustic polyurethane products. The new lab, which is part of TMAT’s three-quarter million pound investment into the site will drive innovation and technology and is part of TMAT’s plans for continued value-added manufacturing and growth.

MEP Emma McClarkin cut the ribbon to open the new lab and commented to the employees at TMAT: “The new lab and Dr Ken Kendall illustrates the commitment that TMAT has to research and development and innovation so that the company can continue to grow.”

Manufacturing is not dead in the UK and Emma was encouraged to see TMAT’s workforce has doubled and that the company is making a huge contribution to exporting, with more than half of its sales going to Europe, Asia and the Americas.

In her address to the company she said: “I am here to make sure that what comes out of Brussels and the European Union doesn’t hamper UK businesses but aides them so that the UK can remain competitive…I’m so thrilled to see such a hub of activity here in Chesterfield knowing that its making such a difference to the future of manufacturing.”

The Case New Holland Tractor was supplied by Colin Larkin, Plant Manager and CPO based in Basildon: “We make 120 vehicles a day at the UK plant and excellent delivery policies and good premium products is what is required. I can see a huge difference in the plant since my last visit almost five years ago and TMAT is going in the right direction. All of its team should be encouraged to learn the new skills required to drive new technology and innovation and develop the plant further.”

TMAT Ltd, is a multi-national manufacturer of polyurethane acoustic components for the ACE (agricultural-construction-earthmoving) markets.

Jason Lippitt talks budget with ITV Tonight

Jason Lippitt, MD TMAT, is a member of the ITV Business Club and has been invited to represent manufacturing in Yorkshire and put forward his thoughts on today’s 2012 Budget plans. Tonight from 18:00 Jason will take up a position on the ITV Calendar’s couch alongside a couple of other representatives from the ITV Business Club panel. Yesterday a camera crew from ITV spent a couple of hours filming at TMAT’s site to be used in tonight’s news.

21st March ITV Calendar News from 18:00

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It’s perfect chemistry at TMAT

TMAT has recently welcomed Dr. Ken Kendall, Polymer Chemist, to its team.

TMAT’s new Product Development Manager will be responsible for developing new products and value-engineering existing ones. With an Honours degree in chemistry and a PhD in polymer science from Manchester University, Dr. Ken Kendall’s accreditation will afford TMAT greater strength and protection with its intellectual property.

Dr. Kendall will build upon TMAT’s existing core competency in polyurethane chemistry and enable higher excellence in research and development of new products. Dr. Kendall said: “We can react even faster to our customers’ need for innovative and cost-effective products for new market opportunities”.

With a wealth of experience in technical roles in the polymer industry Dr. Kendall will surely be an excellent asset to the TMAT team.

“I believe TMAT has a strong “can-do” attitude deriving from its mixture of skilled workforce and visionary management team”, commented Dr. Kendall

Jason Lippitt, MD said: “Dr. Ken Kendall has made a fantastic addition to our team here at TMAT and we are all very excited to see how he helps TMAT progress to the next level of product research and development”.

TMAT Apprenticeships parliament recognition

TMAT Ltd was recently invited to a Champagne Parliamentary Reception to congratulate the company for its contribution to apprenticeships.

The multi-national manufacturer’s MD, Jason Lippitt, was delighted to attend the House of Commons which included speakers Simon Waugh, Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship service and John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning who unveiled the ‘New Era of Apprenticeships’.

TMAT was congratulated by the Minister for their successful track record in mentoring and supporting apprentices and fully embracing the government’s policy.

Jason Lippitt, MD said:

“It was an honour to be invited to such a prestigious event and TMAT pledges to support the New Era of Apprenticeships.”

TMAT has already fully embraced the ‘New Era of Apprenticeships’ by currentlyhaving 20 apprenticeship scheme positions filled by one of the recession’s hardest hit age gaps, 16-24 year-olds. TMAT encourages an investment in people, as Jason Lippitt, MD said:

“It is time to ‘get with apprenticeships’ and nurture the young talent”.

TMAT – member of ITV Business Club Yorkshire

Jason Lippitt, MD will be attending the ITV studios today to meet with the Business News team.

The purpose of the Yorkshire Business Club is to paint a picture of business in the region with Business Correspondent, David Hirst. He will be asking TMAT and other businesses in Yorkshire our opinions on issues such as government policies and changes in the economic climate.

Presenter, Duncan Wood will be hosting round-table discussions over the year so the businesses in the club can get together to talk about important issues such as the jobless figures or inflation. It also means that the group of businesses can learn how each other is surviving, learn what challenges we all face and discuss how we responded to the changes to facilitate our survival in this tough economic environment.

Look out for TMAT featuring on ITV news soon.

Apprentices join the TMAT team

TMAT has welcomed two new Business Administrator apprentices to its team.

Abigail Robinson is 18 years old and lives locally to Chesterfield. She recently completed her A-levels and decided on an apprenticeship to help progress a career in business. Abigail chose the Business Administration apprenticeship which will give her experience in a multi-faceted role. She will be responsible for everything from reception to admin support for Production Planning. This role will allow Abigail to gain skills she can apply to other administrative roles.

Locally born and bred Dale Smith, 18 has been working in an HGV repair centre since leaving school. Dale decided he wanted to change his career direction to a more “white collar” work environment. He chose the Business Administrator apprenticeship because he can gain skills and experience in many areas.

TMAT is committed to offering apprenticeships to young people that give them opportunities to learn practical skills and to build life long careers.