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.
Joint second place went to Somerset Pest Controller, Tom Edwards and Suffolk Painter & Decorator Anna Bettis.
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 £1500 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.