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.
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.