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UK Worker of the Year 2014 Winner Announced!

UK Worker of the Year 2014 Winner Announced!

The Dickies sponsored UK Worker of the Year (UKWOTY) competition has come to a close and a winner has been announced! The UK Worker of the Year competition, which seeks to reward excellence in the British workforce, was held at legendary race track Brands Hatch this past weekend. This year was the 5th consecutive competition and saw Chris Teale (34), a plumbing and heating engineer from Barnet, being crowned as the UKWOTY for 2014. 

Chris was amongst the top 7 finalists who were interviewed by the judges on the 26th of September 2014 at the Suzuki GB's headquarters in Milton Keynes. After answering numerous questions by a panel of judges (that included last year's winner, Judy James) Teale wowed the 5 judges. 

Chris, who is on call 24 hours a day, prides himself on high quality work that is both reliable and affordable. The engineer has spent the last two years growing his heating and plumbing business, working long hours and weekends to ensure his business is successful. He named the company HITGAS, which stands for honesty, integrity and trust. Chris, who holds an ISO 9001 Trustmark and a Masters Plumbing certificate, now has over 1,000 clients due to the dedication and hard work he has shown in his profession. Chris further impressed the judges on judging day by presenting them with a portfolio demonstrating some of his hard work.

The UK WOTY winner has a choice between a Suzuki S-Cross car, V-Strom 1000 motorcycle or an ATV Quad bike. Once Chris was announced as the winner he took to the stage at the Thistle hotel, where the presentation was being made, and selected the car as his preferred prize. 

An overwhelmed Chris stated: “It’s an absolute delight to have won UK Worker of the Year. I still don’t think it’s really sunk in. I cannot thank Dickies and Suzuki enough for running such a fantastic competition. This is a real shock for me. I always thought that making the final itself was a dream come true. Winning the competition has left me speechless.”

As well as picking up the keys to his brand new Suzuki S-Cross, Chris took part in the first ever ‘Dickies £100,000.00 Challenge’. The winner of the 2014 competition had the chance to win £100K cash prize by predicting the outcome of Sunday’s first British Superbike race. After nervously watching on, Chris just missed out on the life-changing sum of money, though left delighted with his achievement.

Maurice Morton, sales and marketing director at Dickies, said: “Congratulations to all of our entrants this year. All seven finalists were brilliant and it was one of the toughest choices we’ve had to make. Chris is certainly a deserved winner and really impressed us throughout. We are delighted to have found our fifth UK Worker of the Year and now the planning will start for the 2015 competition.”

The rest of the finalists, however, didn't go home empty handed. Second place and £2000 in holiday vouchers went to Louise Jones, a baker from Manchester, with fire fighter Andrew Fox-Hewitt leaving with £1000 in holiday vouchers after coming third. The last 3 finalists all received Dickies and Suzuki goodie bags.