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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!

Summer Fun

We recently held a summer raffle with all proceeds going to Ashgate Hospice.

The raffle was only open to current TMAT employees to win a “Supercar Triple Whammy Driving Experience”.

Congratulations to Karl McKenna, Purchasing Manager, our lucky winner!

During the day we managed to raise £70 that will be donated to Ashgate.

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

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

COMPETITION CLOSED

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!

COMPETITION CLOSING SOON!

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.

CHAUCER SCHOOL’S VALUES EVENT

TMAT’s very own Financial Controller Laura Bawden attended Chaucer School’s Values Event day on Tuesday 14th May. Laura shared her experiences and knowledge at the Values Event, as well as showing her leadership skills and her positive perspective.

Laura is one of the first people to sign up for The Manufacturer’s recent School Governor’s campaign. The aim is to have someone from a manufacturing company on the board of governors of every state-run school in the country. Laura has started the process by becoming a member of the Chaucer School’s Business Advisory Board and she will be considered for the governor’s board should a vacancy arise.

TMAT would like to wish Laura every success with this campaign and hope that the children of the future will aspire to work within the manufacturing and engineering industry!

Laura Bawden

 

 

 

RECORD-BREAKING TMAT MD WINS BUSINESS IN THE COMMUNITY AWARD

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.

WE’D LIKE YOUR OPINION

Fortnum&MasonThroughout the month of May we are running a survey to win a Fortnum and Mason Wine Hamper worth £100. To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is fill in the following survey about our website.

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

TMAT APPOINTS HR MANAGER AS IT PREPARES FOR GROWTH

Multi-national manufacturer of acoustic components for tractors and excavators TMAT Ltd – which recently announced details of a record start to the year and plans to expand into Brazil – has appointed Viktoriya Brown as its first ever HR Manager.

The appointment comes as TMAT both significantly grows and diversifies its workforce to meet demand. TMAT will be looking to recruit more specialist technical staff, sales and account managers, as well as factory personnel.

With considerable growth and investment in personnel come both challenges and – more importantly – opportunities, such as recruitment, the development of talent within the organisation, putting staff members’ skills to the best possible use and training, all of which needs to be overseen and implemented by an experienced and talented HR Manager.

TMAT’S Financial Controller Laura Bawden said: “A happy workforce is a productive workforce, and Viktoriya has demonstrated to us that she has the talent and experience to help TMAT implement a robust HR policy with the aim of developing its employees to their full potential.

“There are some great opportunities to be had here at TMAT, both in Chesterfield and further afield in places like Brazil and Europe, and we are looking for the kinds of people that will take advantage of those opportunities for the mutual benefit of themselves and TMAT as a whole.”

TMAT recently announced details of a record start to the year, creating close to £2million in sales in January (£1million) and February (£900,000), smashing its own budgeted sales target for 10% growth by a further 10% in each month.

The business has a sales pipe line of some £4.5million and recently announced plans to expand into Brazil, setting up a factory there in anticipation of the planned infrastructure overhaul in the country ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. TMAT will retain engineering design and intellectual property at its Chesterfield site and believes that the Brazil opportunity could well create further UK jobs as its work in Brazil generates more demand upon specialist engineering resources.

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

TMAT SMASHES ALL TARGETS AT START OF YEAR DESPITE 3.0% FALL IN UK MANUFACTURING

TMAT Ltd – the multi-national manufacturer of acoustic components for tractors and excavators – has revealed details of a record start to the year in which it has created close to £2million in sales in January (£1million) and February (£900,000), smashing its own budgeted sales target for 10% growth by a further 10% in each month.

These figures come in spite of the Monthly Business Survey by the Office for National Statistics reporting that the seasonally adjusted index fell by 2.9% in January 2013 compared with January 2012, with a 3.0% fall in UK manufacturing.

TMAT says that an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) similar to existing customers such as Case, New Holland Tractors, JCB, and Volvo that it has not previously supplied has asked for an RFQ (request for quotation).

All of this has occurred in a market that TMAT’S MD, Jason Lippitt, himself describes as ‘stagnant’ – as the Office for National Statistics’ report suggests – and which has seen an increase in intense competitor activity and aggressive pricing.

Jason was bullish, saying: “TMAT doesn’t compete on price, and we won’t cut prices or even match them to those of our competitor. If that means that we lose one or two customers along the way, then so be it.

“We firmly believe that the only way to get on in a challenging economic climate like this one, with its static market, is to provide a superior product and service to our customers. The record January and brilliant start to the year we’ve had is testament to the validity of that approach, because that is what customers really need.”

TMAT currently has a sales pipe line of some £4.5million and recently announced plans to expand intoBrazil, setting up a factory there in anticipation of the planned infrastructure overhaul in the country ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. TMAT will retain engineering design and intellectual property at itsChesterfieldsite and believes that theBrazilopportunity could well create furtherUKjobs as its work inBrazilgenerates more demand upon specialist engineering resources.

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 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.