On the 19th of May, Living Wage employers from across Brighton & Hove gathered to celebrate the milestone of 800 all-time sign-ups to the Living Wage Campaign.
Over 20 local business leaders enjoyed coffee and cake at Brewdog Brighton while members and supporters of the Living Wage Campaign shared their stories. Sarah Springford, CEO of Brighton Chamber, acted as master of ceremonies and shared the history of the Living Wage Campaign. “The Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign has been running for 10 years, and we’ve come a really long way, but with over 16,000 businesses in Brighton and Hove there’s still a long way to go.”
Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, spoke on the impact of the Living Wage Campaign throughout the city. Despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic changes, Councillor Mac Cafferty emphasized that “Everyone should earn enough to cover the cost of living” in Brighton & Hove. Sue Bowes of UNISON Brighton & Hove Branch commented on the collaborative Living Wage Campaign between Brighton Chamber, Brighton & Hove City Council, and UNISON, stating that “we’ve joined together to do a very good thing” for the community.
Phil Harris founder of Pier Pressure, the 800th sign-up to the Living Wage Campaign, shared that the decision to join was easy. “Showing employees that we care” is one of Pier Pressure’s priorities, and the multi-award winning escape room company shows that their investment pays off.
The Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign is the only local initiative of its kind in the UK. A collaboration between the Chamber of Commerce, the Brighton & Hove City Council, and UNISON Brighton & Hove Branch, the Living Wage Campaign encourages local businesses to pay the real Living Wage of £9.90 per hour.
If you are interested in joining the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign, you can sign up for free on our website.