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Retailer Iolla Celebrates Living Wage Accreditation

Posted: 2019-02-01 16:36:49

Retailer Iolla Celebrates Living Wage Accreditation

Eyewear retailer IOLLA have today been recognised as an accredited Living Wage employer.


IOLLA, which means 'sight' in Gaelic, are a homegrown business with frames and lenses built in Cambuslang, and showrooms in Finnieston in Glasgow and Stockbridge in Edinburgh.  


Their motto is to provide eyewear with a difference- all frames are named after famous Scots such as Charles Rennie Mackintoch and Rabbie Burns. 


Their accreditation as a Living Wage employer means that everyone working at IOLLA, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff, will receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.00. This is significantly higher than the statutory minimum wage for over 25s of £7.83 per hour introduced in April 2018.


Emma, Showroom Stylist at IOLLA said:

“IOLLA is the first company I’ve worked for who have provided the real Living Wage. This has positively impacted both my personal and working environment. I feel more valued, motivated and positive about the company as a whole and it’s great to work somewhere that values how expensive it can be for a young person in today’s climate."


 Stefan Hunter, IOLLA Director said: 

 “Our success isn’t just determined by our products, but also by the happiness of our team. The culture within the brand is so important to us, and making sure our staff feel great about working at IOLLA contributes to the high standard of service and care that we give our customers. 


"Committing to the real Living Wage has allowed us to show the value we put on our team members across each department and also helped make an impact on the lives of people who live in our local economy and community. We hope that by IOLLA making this commitment we can lead the way for other retailers to do the same, so we can all collectively live happier, more fulfilling lives."


 Julie McGahan, Living Wage Scotland Manager said:

 “We are delighted to welcome IOLLA to the Living Wage movement.


We are a movement of over 1300 Scottish employers who together want to go further than the government minimum to make sure that all their staff earn enough to live on. We have lots of smaller employers as well as larger and iconic Scottish employers like SSE, Standard Life, Barrs, Mackies, ScotRail, D.C. Thomson and many more.

These businesses recognise that the Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like IOLLA join us, because they too believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay."

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