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Girl Power Has Women Leading in Race to Find UK’s Hardest Workers

Girl Power Has Women Leading in Race to Find UK’s Hardest Workers

UK Worker of the Year is now in its fifth year, with women leading the race to find the UK’s hardest workers.The first female winner of the competition, Anna Simpson, receiving her prize from Quentin Willson in 2011

Dickies, the legendary workwear company, launched the 2014 competition to find Britain’s top workers and ultimately the fifth UK Worker of the Year. In 2010, John Stone won the first ever UK Worker of the Year competition, however, girl power has ruled since, with three women taking the crown after fire engineer John’s victory.

In 2011, charity worker Anna Simpson won the competition, with manufacturer and inventor Di Mayze winning in 2012. Last year saw farmer Judi James see off the challenge of seven men at the gala event to be crowned UK Worker of the Year 2013.

Like last year’s competition, UK Worker of the Year for 2014 is sponsored by Dickies, in association with Suzuki. The winner this time round will have the choice to take home a Suzuki S-Cross car, a Suzuki V-Strom 1000 motorcycle or a Suzuki ATV Quad. However, in addition to these fabulous prizes, the lucky winner will also have the chance to win a cash prize of £100K this time round.

The winner of the competition will be announced at the final round of the British Superbike meeting at Brands Hatch on October 18th. The winner will then also be given the opportunity to predict the outcome of a race on the final day and potentially win £100,000 pounds. Runners up in the competition will receive thousands of pounds in holiday vouchers.

Judi James, 54, a farmer and mother from Littlebredy in Dorchester and the latest woman to win the competition said: “I would urge anyone who hears about the competition to have a go at entering or to nominate someone as an entrant. It costs nothing except a few minutes of time and those few minutes could prove to be incredibly worthwhile. It’s great for me to be recognised for my hard work in what is a male dominant industry.”

Judi set up her own RSPCA Freedom Foods veal production unit alongside carrying out her daily farming duties. Whilst impressing the audience with her passion and commitment towards her job, Judi also spoke of her desire to set up farming activities to raise money for her breast cancer charity as well as her aim to inspire other women to take on farming as a profession.

Di Mayze, 39, an inventor and mother from Nottingham stated: “Winning the competition has changed my life and I’m delighted to have been recognised for my work. I never thought I would get as far as I did in the competition and would encourage anyone who thinks they work hard to enter.”

Di’s company called Ippee Design Limited was lunched in January 2011, whilst Di was on maternity leave. Over three years on, the popular product BuggyTug is sold by some of the leading retailers in the country. Di also went on to launch a new product called TugTrio, which consists of three buggy straps.

Anna Simpson, 33, the 2011 winner and Derbyshire charity support worker for the Amber Trust who provides practical help for adults suffering from mental ill health has also urged people to enter this year’s competition. She said: “It has been life-changing and it has helped to boost people doing the sort of work I do, who are often unsung heroes.”

Maurice Morton, sales & marketing director at Dickies stated: “As things stand we have had three female winners and John Stone. We launched this competition in 2010 to reward hard workers in the UK and there is no doubt that the four winners so far have been the most deserving of the title. Given the on-going uncertainty that the country faces economically, a feel-good initiative of this type is more important than ever to remind our nation’s work force that they have much to be proud of and look forward to.”2012's winner, Di Mayze

UK Worker of the Year is a ‘free-to-enter’ competition and is open to anyone aged 17 or over (on the date of the launch), who works in the UK.

To enter UK Worker of the Year 2014 or to find out more about the competition please visit www.ukworkeroftheyear.com or email workeroftheyear@chicanemarketing.co.uk.



UK Worker of the Year searches for workers who exemplify what doing a good job is all about organised by workwear giant, Dickies.

UK Worker of the Year 2013 was sponsored by Suzuki. The winner last year had a choice between a Suzuki Swift or a Suzuki GSR750 motorcycle.

There are holiday prizes for the runners up, as well as various products from the Dickies range of high quality workwear for finalists.

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.