Jo Joins the Elite

Our very own Jo Kisgory has joined the ranks of the elite after becoming only the 20th PA to achieve a ‘Pass with Distinction’ in the Diploma in Person Assistance (DipPA)!

Jo said of her achievement: “My recent attendance at the DipPA course delivered by APA has renewed my enthusiasm, effectiveness & passion for my role.  I have learnt how I can support the business needs and ensure that my Manager can be fully effective in his role.  I thoroughly enjoyed the course and have come back to my role knowing that I am no longer JUST a PA, I am a PA with an important position and I can make a difference!”

Jo Kisgory

Dr. Gareth Osborne of APA, who lectured on the course, said: “Jo starred throughout, she is obviously a great PA and a credit to her business TMAT. I wasn’t surprised when I was told she had joined the ranks of the elite by joining the small number of Diploma holders with a distinction. I know that some of her test answers were very sophisticated and she is not afraid of asking questions; even when it appears to some to be ‘silly’ questions. Covering all the angles is the mark of an outstanding PA, and she is.”

Everyone here at TMAT is very proud of Jo following her achievement and she’s proved to be an invaluable member of the team. Well done Jo!

Congratulations to Jonathan Griffin of Orange Chemicals Limited who was the winner of the Fortnum & Mason Wine Hamper which was delivered earlier this week.


 As you can see Jonathan is very happy with his hamper, but let’s hope he doesn’t drink them all at once!


Thank you all for entering the recent competition to win a Fortnum & Mason Wine Hamper. The winner will be contacted in due course and announced next week.

Good luck!


Fortnum&MasonThis is your last chance to win a Fortnum and Mason Wine Hamper worth £100 as the competition is closing on Sunday 26th May.

The survey can be found here and will take no longer than five minutes of your time.


We’re very pleased to announce that Jason Lippitt, MD of TMAT Ltd has been awarded the Business in the Community Award at the Derbyshire Times Pride of Chesterfield Awards 2013.

Jason – who will have to undergo complex surgery on his foot recently after completing the London Marathon despite being advised not to do so after injuring himself in the opening section of the race – has been at the forefront of a company that has thrived in the past year in spite of the tough economic climate and also lent considerable support to the local community.

Jason with his award (far left)

TMAT has done so through job creation and a determination to employ people from the local area and by engaging in charitable activities such as the London Marathon, Sheffield Half-Marathon and donating Easter Eggs to the Children’s Ward at Chesterfield Hospital.

TMAT has also done a great deal to encourage young people from the area to aspire towards a career in manufacturing and engineering. First, it announced plans that could – as well as creating more specialised jobs in its existing state-of-the-art Chesterfield facility – see young local people working in its proposed new factory in Brazil as part of the preparations for the 2014 football World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Second, it became the first company in the UK to successfully put forward a candidate – in the form of Financial Controller Laura Bawden – for The Manufacturer magazine’s campaign to place a high-level manufacturing company employee on the governing board of every school in the country in order to encourage more young people to work towards a career in the industry.

A humbled Jason Lippitt said of his award: “We’ve had an incredible year at TMAT and this award shouldn’t really go to me but to the whole team, both for its hard work to make TMAT what it is as a manufacturing business but also as a company with an ethos to support its local community.

“As for completing the London Marathon with this foot of mine, I just knew I couldn’t let down The British Heart Foundation I was raising money for, my son, wife, family and all the people that had supported me in my training, so I had to finish it.

“I’m paying for it now with the serious discomfort in my foot and the fact I’ll have to take time out to undergo surgery, but it was well worth it nevertheless.”

TMAT Ltd – whose customers include JCB, Case, New Holland and Volvo – enjoyed a record £4million in new business enquiries in 2012, has smashed all sales targets throughout 2013, is looking at a sales pipe line of some £4.5million and has recently announced plans to expand into Brazil.

TMAT is rare for having been one of the businesses that has thrived during the economic downturn. Its growth has risen from £5m per year to in excess of £10m since 2009 and TMAT aims to drive turnover to more than £20 million by 2015.


TMAT Ltd – the multi-national manufacturer of acoustic components for tractors and excavators, whose customers include Case, New Holland Tractors, JCB, and Terex – enjoyed a record £4million in new business enquiries in 2012.

In spite of this good news and the widespread optimism surrounding UK manufacturing in recent months, TMAT’s Managing Director, Jason Lippitt, has warned the manufacturing industry against complacency in what remains a highly unstable economic climate.

Jason said: “It seems odd for us to be guarding against excessive optimism now when a year ago we were one of the few companies expressing positivity when everyone else seemed to be so glum, but UK manufacturers really must be cautious.

“Foreign competition is an ever-present threat to UK businesses and will become more so if the Pound strengthens against the Euro. There is also the issue of the continuing instability of the European market, which will become even shakier should – as is predicted – Greece be forced to leave the Eurozone.”

Chesterfield-based TMAT is rare for having been one of the businesses that has thrived during the economic downturn. Its growth has risen from £5m per year to in excess of £10m since 2009 and TMAT aims to drive turnover to more than £20 million by 2015.

Despite the reservations Jason and TMAT have about the raft of good stories predicting sizeable imminent growth, TMAT does see itself as being at the forefront of the revival of UK manufacturing. The business is also a very keen advocate for manufacturing skills to be taught in schools.

TMAT designs and engineers innovative solutions to Noise, Vibration and Harshness for ACE (agricultural, construction, earthmoving) markets that it feels are the best in the industry. TMAT is backed by Advent Partners investment group and a £1.6 million HSBC funding package.


Excitement is building at TMAT as we find ourselves shortlisted for two major industry awards and in the running for a third.

During November we’ll be attending The Manufacturer of the Year Awards Ceremony in London where we’re shortlisted for the ‘SME Manufacturer of the Year’ category.  We’re up against some strong competition in this category and delighted to be in the final six companies.

Also this month, our MD Jason Lippitt will find out whether he has become the Derbyshire Times ‘Business Personality of the Year’.  Everyone at TMAT certainly thinks he’s a great business personality so we hope that the judges agree with us!

There’s also an Engineering Employers’ Federation event coming up where TMAT’s senior management team will find out whether we’re in the region’s shortlist for the EEF awards.

This year we’ve put huge investment into the company infrastructure, research and development and – most importantly – our employees, and in this difficult trading climate, we’ve grown by 20 per cent.  It’s great that our hard work and achievements are being recognised by others and everyone’s fingers are crossed that we’ll be returning with some shiny trophies!