Joint second place goes to Somerset Pest Controller, Tom Edwards and Suffolk Painter & Decorator Anna Bettis.

Di Mayze an entrepreneur from Nottingham has been crowned UK Worker of the Year for 2012, in the Dickies competition sponsored by SEAT to recognise and reward excellence in the British workforce. 

In the gala awards finale, at Marlow’s Crowne Plaza hotel, Di picked up the keys to a superb SEAT Exeo S Ecomotive 2.0, worth more than £20,000.

Di’s company called Ippee Design Ltd was launched in January last year when Di was on maternity leave. A year on and the popular product BuggyTug is sold by some of the leading retailers. She has since launched a new product TugTrio that is a pack of three buggy straps.

A delighted Di, said: “I am so surprised, I am just trying to take it all in. I love what I do and my products have the potential to save lives - accidents involving a buggy rolling away are so common in some countries that it is illegal not to have one.”

Somerset Pest Controller Tom Edwards who took joint second place commented: “The whole thing is absolutely unbelievable. Every single one of the other people who have made it into the final is fantastic. I didn’t even think I would make it into the last six, so to actually receive the Runner Up award is so unexpected, I can’t explain how great it feels.”

Suffolk Painter & Decorator, Anna Bettis, joint runner up said: “I am amazed I got to the final six, this is an experience, I will never forget.”

Both were presented with £1,500 each worth of holiday vouchers from Thomas Cook.

Highly commended were Kent catering manager, Andrew Sullivan, Doncaster maintenance assistant, Kevin Wilson and Essex deputy stage manager Lee Harvey who were presented with a host of high quality Dickies workwear.

“Choosing a winner from the six finalists we had was an enjoyable, but really hard task,” enthuses Maurice Morton, European Sales and Marketing Director for the world-renowned workwear firm. “The standard of entries was notably higher this year than last and each of our finalists immensely impressed me.”

UK Worker of the Year is now in its third year of seeking out, rewarding and promoting excellence in the British workforce.

SEAT Fleet & Business Sales Marketing Manager and WOTY judge Peter Brooking added: “I am so pleased to be involved with UKWOTY and it was tough decision to seek out the winner as all finalists displayed qualities worthy of first place.”

“Dickies has come up with a fantastic initiative in these hard times – just the sort of positive thrust we need to help get us out of an economic recession,” comments Chairman of Judges, TV Presenter and Consumer Motoring Champion, Quentin Willson. “The competition this year was even more intense than last year, which reflects the fact that word about UK Worker of the Year continues to spread wider.”

2011 UK Worker of the Year, Anna Simpson comments: “Congratulations to Di. She is a very worthy winner of this year’s UK Worker of the Year and I hope that she gets as much out of winning the title as I have done.”

Dickies is proud to announce that it will again be organising UK Worker of the Year in 2013 as part of its commitment to the British market and the workers for whom the company provides quality, cost effective workwear. And remember, UK Worker of the Year Facebook, Twitter and Blogs continue to be the places to go for the latest developments for UK Worker of the Year. 

Look out for news about UK Worker of the Year 2013!

Editor’s Notes


UK Worker of the Year searches for workers who exemplify what doing a good job is all about and workwear giant, Dickies and car manufacturer SEAT UK expanded and enhanced the competition for 2012 to help better reach and reward the UK workforce.

The 2012 UK Worker of the Year won a SEAT Exeo S Ecomotive as part of their prize for winning the title and there were holidays for the runners up, as well as various products from the Dickies range of high quality workwear.

UK Worker of the Year was live for entries and nominations for the competition between May and September.

UK Worker of the Year is free to enter and is open to any UK worker aged 17 or over at the commencement of the competition.

The finalists were invited in October to meet judges at the world famous Pinewood Film Studios – home, among many other blockbusters to the James Bond movies and TV favourites such as Dragons’ Den.

The crowning of the UK Worker of the Year took place at a gala finale in November, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Marlow.


The UK Worker of the Year Facebook, Twitter and Blogs continue to be the places to go for all of the latest developments and they continue to get a great reaction from people who are following the competition.

UK Worker of the Year facebook site can be located at: http://www.facebook.com/ukworkeroftheyear

And the UK Worker of the Year Twitter site is at: http://twitter.com#!/UKWOTY

General details of the initiative can be found at the UK Worker of the Year website www.ukworkeroftheyear.com

For further information contact Gary Barak at Chicane on 01753 650004 (office) or email: gary@chicanemarketing.co.uk

More information about Dickies products can be found at www.dickiesworkwear.com and further information about the SEAT Exeo and other vehicles in the SEAT range can be found at http://www.seat.co.uk

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IMG_5061: Left to right- Di Mayze, Quentin Willson, Peter Brooking and Maurice Morton

For further information relating to this press material, please contact Gary Barak on: 01753 650004 or e-mail: gary@chicanemarketing.co.uk