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Arts & Business Scotland becomes an Accredited Living Wage employer

Posted: 2017-10-05 14:54:01

Catriona Reynolds (Head of Governance, Arts & Business Scotland), Jamie Hepburn, Moira Chapman (Head of Finance and Operations, Arts & Business Scotland), Carl Watt (Head of Programmes, Arts & Business Scotland)

 

Scottish charity Arts & Business Scotland has been officially accredited as a Living Wage employer today. Arts & Business Scotland is an independent Scottish charity. We act as a conduit between the cultural and business sectors, helping to nurture the creative, social and commercial relationships that will enrich creativity and cultural engagement across Scotland. More information can be found at: www.aandbscotland.org.uk

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Employability and Training, visited Arts & Business Scotland to mark the occasion and congratulate the organisation on its commitment to fair work principles.

A recent survey released by The Poverty Alliance found that three out of four people would think more highly of a company which became accredited for paying the real Living Wage. It also found that 80% of employees said that being paid the Living Wage would make them feel more valued by their employer.

Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn said:

“The Scottish Government has long championed the Living Wage and the real economic benefits of treating people more fairly. This proven investment in people leads to increased productivity and reduced staff absence, while sending a strong signal about fairness to your organisation’s stakeholders.  I would like to congratulate Arts & Business Scotland for achieving Living Wage accreditation and I hope that even more will follow its example.

Catriona Reynolds, Head of Governance at Arts & Business Scotland, commented:

“As an organisation, we are committed to fair and progressive business practices and are therefore delighted to be recognised by the Living Wage Foundation and The Poverty Alliance. We recognise that paying at least the Living Wage can be challenging for some organisations and especially for many smaller businesses and charities operating in the cultural sector. At the same time, there are considerable benefits to be gained from becoming Living Wage accredited. By signing up, I hope that we can encourage other organisations to follow suit in the future.”

It is great to see Arts & Business celebrating their commitment to the Living Wage and we look forward to working with them to promote the Living Wage in their industry.

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