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Living Wage Week 2017

Posted: 2017-11-28 10:40:04

Living Wage Week 2017 Round-Up

We attended events across Scotland and supported the announcement of several newly accredited Living Wage Employers as well. Here's how the week went for us!


The week officially kicked off with the announcement of the new rate - £8.75 for the UK outside of London and £10.20 for London.

Some of our team spent the morning at East Kilbride based company AKP Scotland, who hosted Cabinet Secretary Keith Brown and Director of the Poverty Alliance, Peter Kelly to welcome the new rate of £8.75 for the UK.

To celebrate the Living Wage in Renfrewshire, we visited Living Wage employer The Tannahil Centre in Paisley. We were joined by Living Wage employer Engage Renfrewshire (the Third Sector Interface for the region) and Councillor John McNaughton, representing the accredited Living Wage Local Authority of Renfrewshire, alongside other local employers that were keen to learn more about the importance of the Living Wage.

In the afternoon, we joined Edinburgh based charity Saheliya, who hosted a visit from Cabinet Secretary Shona Robison. It was excellent to learn more about the great work of the charity, alongside celebrating their continuing commitment to the Living Wage.

We later joined Fulton McGregor MSP on a visit to Living Wage employer LESL, to celebrate the Social Enterprise’s demonstration of Living Wage leadership to local SMEs, especially since LESL delivers Business Gateway services across Lanarkshire.

To finish the day, our Living Wage mark made its way to Stornoway, where Lewis Builders welcomed a visit from Dr Alasdair James Allan, Minister for International Development and Europe.


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined us in Edinburgh to celebrate porridge maker Stoats as the 1000th Living Wage employer in Scotland. What a remarkable milestone for the Living Wage movement in Scotland.

We visited Aberdeen Council to officially welcome the authority as a newly accredited Living Wage employer – congratulations!

Marking their recent accreditation, Fife College hosted a visit from Shirley Anne Somerville, Minister for Further, Higher education and Science at their Careers centre, where we met a number of staff and students.

Fife based law firm Fords Daly Legal welcomed us to their offices, where we met staff benefitting from the Living Wage and discussed ways to encourage more local businesses to become accredited.

Not missing an opportunity to get on a tour bus, we met with Rabbies Tours in Edinburgh to celebrate their Living Wage commitment with Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing.

Whilst in Edinburgh, we visited the only accredited Living Wage football club in Scotland – Hearts FC, and were joined by Mike Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe. 

We then joined Maureen Watt, Minister for Mental Health on her visit LGBT Health to mark the charities sustained accredited status as a Living Wage employer.

We finished the day with a spot of shopping at Edinburgh based retailer Paper Tiger. Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Employability & Training visited one of their shops with us and was greeted with an array of Living Wage Week decorations.


Dundee Third Sector Interface hosted a celebration breakfast event in Dundee City Centre. The event enjoyed a good turnout, excellent speakers and positive networking.

In Fife, we delivered information sessions to employers attending the Celebrating Good Work Networking event, hosted by the Fife Health & Social Care Partnership.

In Crieff, Annabelle Ewing, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs visited Scotland's award-winning green destination Comrie Croft. We enjoyed the scenery whilst learning about the company’s continuing commitment to the Living Wage.

In the Scottish Borders, we joined Eildon Housing Association Ltd in Galashiels to welcome a visit from Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop, who congratulated the social landlord on their continued Living Wage accreditation.

Ending the day in Balerno, we visited Harmeny Education Trust to celebrate their Living Wage accreditation.


We kicked off the day with a visit to Living Wage accredited Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh. The recent Social Enterprise of the Year winner hosted a visit from Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Employability and Training, who met staff benefitting from the real Living Wage.

Meanwhile, Living Wage employer Standard Life hosted a visit from Cabinet Secretary Derek Mackay to mark their long standing commitment to the Living Wage.

Later in the day, Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health announced the accreditation of Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland at a celebration event held in Rosebury House, Edinburgh. We were particularly impressed by the staff, who shared their views on the difference receiving the Living Wage makes to their lives, while partaking in a slice of the Living Wage branded celebration cake baked especially for the occasion.


South Lanarkshire College hosted a celebration breakfast, which saw Councillor John Anderson announce an exclusive promotion to assist with the accreditation fees for South Lanarkshire based companies. Linda Fabiani MSP attended the event and chatted with local employers on the benefits of becoming a Living Wage employer.

Later in the day, we were with iconic soft drinks manufacturer AG Barrs in Cumbernauld, who hosted a visit from Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Employability & Training to celebrate their Living Wage accreditation.

We visited the Coatbridge headquarters of HRM Homecare Ltd to confirm their accreditation as a Living Wage employer – welcome to the movement!

Meanwhile, Glasgow based law firm Law At Work Ltd announced their achievement of becoming an accredited Living Wage employer. 

We visited Xplore Dundee, who hosted a visit from Joe Fitzpatrick, Minister for Parliamentary Business.

To celebrate Living Wage in the Scottish Borders, we joined Waverley Housing Association to welcome Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills, alongside accredited employers SB Cares, Eildon Housing Association and Borders College. A fantastic close to what has been our busiest Living Wage week yet.


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