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The six finalists for the title of UK Worker of the Year have now been announced, as competition organisers, along with sponsors Dickies and SEAT, move a significant step closer to selecting Britain’s number one worker for 2012 – from across the nation’s workforce.

Similar to last year, they represent a wide range of professions and a wide geographical spread. They are: Kevin Wilson – a maintenance assistant from Doncaster; Andrew Sullivan – a general manager of a contract catering company from Kent; Anna Bettis – a painter & decorator from Suffolk; Tom Edwards – a pest controller from Somerset; Lee Harvey – an deputy stage manager from Essex and Di Mayze – a manufacturer and inventor from Nottingham.

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 and what is involved. “The standard of entries has increased and has been noticeably stronger than in previous years,” enthuses Maurice Morton, European Sales and Marketing Director for the world-renowned workwear firm. “So, it has actually been more difficult to select the finalists – but I think that reflects well on the competition and how seriously people are taking it.”

“It was obviously no small task to sift our way through the thousands of nominations we received. So it’s been a multi-stage process through which we gradually whittled things down to the final six – but it’s been a fascinating task,” explains fellow judge and UK WOTY organiser Gary Barak.

The prizes on offer to those people who best embody what doing a good job is all about, no doubt constitute a considerable incentive to enter. The winner gets a SEAT Exeo S Ecomotive 2.0, worth over £20,000. Other prizes on offer include thousands of pounds worth of holidays from Thomas Cook for the runners up as well as a host of high quality workwear from Dickies.

“We’re really excited about our involvement with this great competition (UK Worker of the Year) and it coincides quite nicely with the arrival of the Exeo Ecomotive in the UK,” said SEAT Fleet & Business Sales Marketing Manager and WOTY judge Peter Brooking. “The Exeo Ecomotive will be a worthy prize for the winner and is available with all the Exeo’s usual, highly specified trim levels,” he added.

But, as the UK’s 2011 Worker of the Year, Anna Simpson comments, winning the competition is much more than simply taking one of the great prizes on offer: “Being recognised as UK Worker of the Year has been an enormous honour for me – it’s been a massive confidence boost and really is something truly life changing for me personally and for my working environment, including my colleagues.”

Anna is one of the judges for the 2012 competition and she will join panel Chairman – TV Presenter and Consumer Motoring Champion – Quentin Willson and the other judges at the world famous Pinewood Film studios in October to select this year’s UK Worker of the Year.

“The competition concept – seeking out and promoting what’s great in our British workforce – reminded me last year how much we have to be proud of in the UK,” states Quentin Willson. “I was hugely impressed by the people who made it through to the final and I am really looking forward to meeting this year’s finalists.”

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