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Black Medicine Coffee Co. Becomes Living Wage Accredited

Posted: 2019-07-26 13:52:09

Black Medicine Coffee Co. Becomes Living Wage Accredited

Living Wage Scotland are pleased to announce that Edinburgh’s Black Medicine Coffee Co. has become an accredited Living Wage employer.


With 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, owner, Dougal McBride together with the support of his General Manager, Rowland Thomson, has made the decision to implement the real Living Wage and seek formal accreditation for his commitment. 

Dougal’s decision has ensured that all staff over the age of 18 will now receive a minimum of £9 per hour, demonstrating real leadership in a predominantly low paid industry.

Owner, Dougal McBride told us:

“I’ve done this for my staff and for my business. Paying the Living Wage puts you in a good position because it means you have better choice, you can recruit good staff and keep them for longer. We will be using the Living Wage employer logo on our job advertisements because it sets us apart from others and is a positive message to send. It shows that we value our staff.

My wage bill has gone up but I know that the staff being paid that little bit more will work that little bit harder, sell more of our products and make the business more successful.”

Jack Evans, Living Wage Scotland Manager said:

“Black Medicine Coffee Co. has joined the growing movement of over 1500 companies in Scotland who recognise that Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer. They are raising the bar for employers within the hospitality industry and I hope that this public commitment to their staff encourages other hospitality employers to follow their lead.  The perception of the industry is that it is low paid, with a transient workforce and  poor employment practices.  Employers like Black Medicine Coffee Co. are an example of an employer rejects that this perception."   

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