Chris Teale, a plumbing and heating engineer from Barnet, has been crowned UK Worker of the Year 2014 at the competition finale at Brands Hatch.

Mr Teale saw off six other finalists to win the competition, run by workwear company Dickies, to reward excellence in the British workforce. As well as the coveted title, Mr Teale was presented with a Suzuki S-Cross car.

“It’s an absolute delight to have won UK Worker of the Year. I still don’t think it’s really sunk in,” he said. “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 car, 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: “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.”

Second place and £2000 in holiday vouchers went to Louise Jones, a baker from Manchester, with fire fighter Andrew Fox-Hewitt coming in third to win £1000 in holiday vouchers. All other finalists received £250 in DickiesStore vouchers.