SCOTTISH PUBLISHERS WIN PRESTIGIOUS MEDIA AWARD FOR SECOND TIME

Gary Barak of Chicane Marketing presents Bell Johnstone Communications’ Managing Editor and Director Tony Wood with the ‘UK Worker of the Year 2013’ Media Award with host Quentin Willson.
Gary Barak of Chicane Marketing presents Bell Johnstone Communications’ Managing Editor and Director Tony Wood with the ‘UK Worker of the Year 2013’ Media Award with host Quentin Willson.

Edinburgh based publishers, Bell Johnstone Communications, has won the ‘UK Worker of the Year 2013’ Media Award sponsored by Dickies and Suzuki GB. It is the second time in three years that the company has won the award and shows their commitment to quality and hard work in an ever-changing industry. The ‘UK Worker of the Year 2013’ Awards took place at a gala event on Friday, October 18 at the Madejski Stadium in Reading, and they were hosted by motoring journalist and TV presenter Quentin Willson.

Event organiser Gary Barak of Chicane Marketing said: “We used a number of high-profile media outlets over the past 12 months to promote the ‘UK Worker of the Year 2013’ Awards but I have to say that Bell Johnstone Communications have gone above and beyond the call of duty to promote the awards and have embraced all that is good about this fantastic event.”

Bell Johnstone Communications Managing Editor and Director Tony Wood received the award on behalf of the company.

He said: “This is the third year in which Bell Johnstone Communications have been involved in helping promote the awards via our magazines Scots Auto Scene, FACTS Magazine, The SCRUM and Tread Magazine, and I am delighted that we have won this award for the second time.

“The UK Worker of the Year Awards have turned the spotlight onto some of the UK’s hardest workers across all industry sectors. The eight finalists were all worthy of taking the title and I would like to extend Bell Johnstone Communications’ congratulations to overall winner Judi James. By working tirelessly on her farm in Littlebredy in Dorchester, she has shown us all that learning new skills on a daily basis and having an ‘I can do that’ attitude will shine through and put you on the road to success.

“I would also like to thank all my colleagues at Bell Johnstone Communications for their hard work over the past year. Winning this award shows that our readers and advertisers not only enjoy the fruit of our labours, but also appreciate the results they get from our various publications.”

Judi James was voted ‘UK Worker of the Year 2013’ by the attendees at the event. It was the first time UK Worker of the Year organisers have left the choice of winner to the audience, who saw a video of each of the eight finalists before voting her as their favourite via their keypads.

Judi, who was given the choice between the Suzuki Swift and GSR 750 motorcycle, opted to claim the car as her prize. The Dorchester-based farmer, who set up her own RSPCA Freedom Foods veal production unit alongside carrying out her daily farming duties, wowed the audience at the glamorous event with her passion and commitment towards her job.

A delighted Judi said: “I can’t believe I’ve won. To think I’ve been recognised for my years of hard work has made me incredibly happy. It’s a lot more than winning a car or a motorbike. The title of UK Worker of the Year means so much to me and I’ll always cherish this moment.”

“I just want to congratulate all of our eight finalists and everyone else who entered the competition. It’s important to recognise such hard workers in the UK, and all eight individuals standing on the stage today were worthy winners,” enthused Maurice Morton, Sales and Marketing Director for the world-renowned workwear giant.

Wayne Dye, Suzuki GB plc’s General Manager, Parts & Accessories, commented: “It’s been a real pleasure being part of the UK Worker of the Year journey, and immensely heart-warming to see so many individuals committed to doing a great job in their chosen path. The Suzuki brand values include quality and reliability and for me that sits really well with the work ethics we have seen demonstrated by our many competition entrants.”

UK Worker of the Year is now in its fourth year of seeking out, rewarding and promoting excellence in the British workforce.

For more information contact Tony Wood on 0131 554 1129 or tony@belljohnstone.co.uk