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Living Wage Champions Recognised At Awards

Facilicom UK
06 June 2019

The annual Living Wage Champion Awards have been delivered - including those from the cleaning sector. We've got the full list of the large and small organisations and individuals honoured.

Facilicom UK was recognised for its role in tackling in-work poverty and improving the wellbeing of their lower paid employees. The contract cleaning and services provider took the Beyond the Living Wage Champion Award and was acknowledged for putting in place measures to tackle insecurity and underemployment, as well as low pay, and offering policies to improve job security and work-life balance alongside the real Living Wage.

Carlisle Support Services was recognised in the Industry Champion category for those who have shown exceptional leadership over the last year by promoting the Living Wage in their industry and supply chain.

Radiant Cleaners were recognised along with five other companies in the against All Odds Industry Award for those who have shown leadership on the Living Wage in industries with high levels of low pay, such as retail, care and cleaning.


Living Wage Service Provider Recognition Scheme

Facilicom are not only a Living Wage suppliers, they are also a founding member of the Living Wage Service Provider Recognition Scheme. The company was one of the first three national contract cleaning providers to sign up to the scheme and remains part of the Service Providers Leadership Group

Facilicom’s security business, Trigion, was also the first national security provider to sign up to the scheme back in 2013.

Jan Hein Hemke, Facilicom MD, said: "The real Living Wage is currently £9.00 across the UK and £10.55 in London. Unlike the Government’s minimum wage or so-called Living Wage, it’s independently calculated based on the cost of living. There are currently 5,000 Living Wage employers that pay the real Living Wage rate, including Facilicom UK."

Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said: “Facilicom has always gone above and beyond to live out the values of the Living Wage movement, prioritising the wellbeing of its employees and promoting it across the industry. Our awards are an opportunity to recognise the fantastic businesses who continue to recognise the importance of a wage that truly covers the cost of living, and the value this provides for workers and their families, as well as businesses.”



The June 5 Awards were hosted by Martin Lewis at Guildhall, London. The awards were sponsored by Aviva, Heathrow and the City of London Corporation - which will soon be hosting its own Dragon Awards for those who make a difference to people's lives across London.

Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chair at the City of London Corporation, said: “One in five people employed in the capital don’t earn a wage they can live on. Together, we must consign this statistic to the history books. Firms are taking steps in the right direction, not just in London but across the whole country – and it’s encouraging to see so many organisations joining together to make a difference. Paying the London Living Wage is good for business and good for society. But most importantly, it means a better quality of life, help for people to provide for themselves and their families and giving employees dignity.”

The Living Wage Champion Awards Ceremony is now in its second year, it celebrates those employers who go further than just paying the rate but also promote it in their respective industry or region.


The Winners

Places Champion Award

Three awards for Living Wage Employers who have successfully driven take-up of the real Living Wage in a place/area. Winners: Cambridge City Council; Southwark Council; Cardiff City Council.


Industry Champion

Five awards for those who have shown exceptional leadership over the last year by promoting the Living Wage in their industry and supply chain. Winners: City of London Corporation; Norwich City Council; Heathrow Airport; Carlisle Support Services; Keyzo IT.


Living Wage Campaigns of the Year Award

Five Awards for community groups that have successfully campaigned on the Living Wage and have grown the Living Wage Movement. Winners:


Newham Citizens (The Newham Citizens Living Wage campaign has focused on Newham Council keeping their promise to accredit as a Living Wage employer and convincing large employers locally to accredit. The team also wrote to London City Airport stating that they would be coming down to the airport to sing songs and asking to meet with the airport. The airport has now accredited as a Living Wage employer); TUC South West; Greater Manchester Citizens; Waltham Forest Citizens.


Funding Champion

Three awards for Living Wage Employers that use their funding and grant-making processes to promote the real Living Wage in low pay sector reliant on grants, such as charities and the arts, as part of the Living Wage Foundation’s Living Wage Friendly Funder scheme. Winners: People’s Heath Trust; Youth Music; Trafford Housing Trust.


Beyond the Living Wage

Three awards open to Living Wage Employers that have shown exceptional leadership in tackling in-work poverty and improving the wellbeing of their lower paid employees. Winners: Aviva; Facilicom UK; Aspire for Intelligent Care and Support.


Against All Odds Industry Award

Five awards for those who have shown leadership on the Living Wage in industries with high levels of low pay, such as retail, care and contract cleaning. Winners: The Five Points Brewing Company (Five Points was the first brewery in the UK to be Living Wage accredited. Five Points also hosted the Living Wage beer festival in 2016 and 2018 where all taps were taken over by breweries that were Living Wage accredited); Unlimited Potential; Mother Ivey’s Bay; City Harvest; Radiant Cleaners.


People’s Choice Award

An award open to all employees at Living Wage Employers who can make the case for why their Living Wage Employer or Recognised Service Provider deserves to be recognised as an excellent place to work for all employees and sub-contracted staff. Nominees included: Scalloway Hotel, Brewdog PLC; Luton Town Football Club.


Lifetime Campaigner on the Living Wage

Winner: Sister Una, Newham Citizens.

Employees' Choice Award

Winner: Beth Wolland, Release Potential.

Picture: Cleaning company Facilicom UK was recognised at the Living Wage Champion Awards for its role in tackling in-work poverty and improving the wellbeing of their lower paid employees.


Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 06 June 2019


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