Local Delivery Driver Crowned Domino's National Driver of The Year

May 15, 2013, 08:09 ET from Domino's Pizza

LONDON, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Domino's Pizza delivery driver, Lajos Nagy, who works at the Hartlepool store, scooped the prestigious title of Driver of the Year at Domino's annual national awards, which were recently held at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

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Beating stiff competition from Domino's stores across the UK and Ireland, Lajos was awarded the title for going above and beyond with his diving duties. In January of this year Lajos helped a local family who emergency foster young children, renovate their property, which was lacking in electricity, water and heating.

The store supported the family with Domino's as they originally had no kitchen and were eating cold or take away food for the first two weeks. After delivering to the address a couple of times Lajos offered to help with the renovations in his spare time. He helped in the house on his only day off and one evening a week after a day shift. The family were very grateful for all his help and the house was completed just before Christmas.

Lajos is originally from Hungary and came to live in England in January 2008 to earn extra money to provide for his two little boys back home. As he had no English skills at all he began work at Domino's leafleting and would walk for nearly eight hours a day. Very quickly the team at the store began to notice that although he didn't speak the language he was very friendly and created a great atmosphere around him. Because of his attitude and enthusiasm Lajos moved onto wobble boarding and thoroughly enjoyed it. He now works every hour possible in the Hartlepool store as a driver and does only two other activities, training at the gym and DIY.

Lajos Nagy, Domino's Delivery Driver of the Year, has improved his English skills dramatically since starting working at the store. He said: "I am delighted to win this award. Delivering pizza in all weathers and driving conditions can be a challenge but the smile you get from a customer when you knock on their door makes it all worthwhile. I thoroughly enjoy my job and to be crowned Delivery Driver of the Year is a fantastic achievement."

Mike Racz, franchisee for the Hartlepool store said: "Lajos is a true gentleman and is polite and selfless in every manner and deserves some recognition for all his hard work. Lajos is a very valued member of our team andhas delivered so much more to our stores and our community."

Domino's Pizza's annual awards recognise the franchisees and in-store teams from the company's 810 stores in the UK, Ireland and Germany.

Notes to Editors:

Domino's Pizza Group plc is the leading player in the fast-growing pizza delivery market and holds the exclusive master franchise to own, operate and franchise Domino's Pizza stores in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. The first UK store opened in Luton in 1985 and the first Irish store opened in 1991. In April 2011, the Group acquired a majority stake in the exclusive master franchise to own, operate and franchise Domino's Pizza stores in Germany. In September 2012, the Group acquired the master franchise for Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein and an option to acquire the Master Franchise Agreement in Austria prior to the end of 2014.

As at 31 March 2013, there were 810 stores in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Germany and Switzerland. Of these, 626 stores are in England, 51 are in Scotland, 32 are in Wales, 20 are in Northern Ireland, one is on the Isle of Man, two are mobile units, 48 are in the Republic of Ireland, 20 are in Germany and 10 are in Switzerland.

Founded in 1960, Domino's Pizza is one of the world's leading pizza delivery brands. Through its primarily franchised system, Domino's Pizza operates a global network of more than 10,000 Domino's Pizza stores in 75 international markets. Domino's Pizza has a singular focus - the home delivery of pizza, freshly made to order with high quality ingredients.

Customers in the UK can order online at http://www.dominos.co.uk/, in the Republic of Ireland at http://www.dominos.ie, in Germany at http://www.dominos.de and in Switzerland at http://www.dominos.ch. In addition, mobile customers can order by downloading Domino's free iPhone, iPad and Android apps.

For more information, please contact:
Danny Bowles
The Domino's Pizza Press Office
Domino's Pizza Group Ltd
Tel: +44(0)1908-580-654
E: Danny.bowles@dominos.co.uk

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