Tom Edwards has been named as 2012 joint UK Worker of the Year Runner Up in the nationwide competition organised by leading workwear manufacturer, Dickies and sponsored by SEAT to recognise and reward excellence in the British workforce.

In a gala awards finale, at Marlow’s Crowne Plaza hotel, the Pest Controller from Burnham-on-sea was given the award and a prize package that includes his choice of holiday up to the value of £1,500.

Although a pest controller with his own company GTC Services, Tom says he is an animal lover. He compares his job with gardening where a weed is a plant you don’t want; similarly a pest is problem you do not want in your vicinity.

“The whole thing is absolutely unbelievable,” commented Tom. “Every single one of the other people who has 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 Joint Runner Up award is so unexpected, I can’t explain how great it feels. It has also been great exposure for my company and we intend to make the most of it.”

Entrepreneur from Nottingham, Di Mayze took the title of UK Worker of the Year and painter & decorator, Anna Bettis from Suffolk was joint second with Tom. 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.”

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 and runners up as all finalists displayed winning qualities.”

UK Worker of the Year is now in its third year of looking to recognise, reward and promote excellence in the British workforce and the word has spread wider than ever before about both the competition.

“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 in 2011, which reflects the fact that word about UK Worker of the Year continues to spread wider.”

UK’s 2011 Worker of the Year, Anna Simpson comments: comments: “Tom really made a big impression on us all because of his attitude. He’s a great guy and came incredibly close to winning it.”

Dickies is proud to announce that it will again be organising UK Worker of the Year for 2013 as part of its commitment to the British market and the workers for whom the company provides quality, cost effective workwear.

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 and from Makita Tools.

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:

And the UK Worker of the Year Twitter site is at:!/UKWOTY

General details of the initiative can be found at the UK Worker of the Year website

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