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Enhance Office Cleaning wins Living Wage Champion Award

08 June 2018

Enhance Office Cleaning Ltd. has been announced as a winner of the Living Wage Champion Awards 2018 for Recognised Service Providers.

The 2018 Living Wage Champion Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Living Wage movement, and are proudly sponsored by Aviva, KPMG and the City of London Corporation. 

The service provider sector is a traditionally low pay industry. However, Living Wage Recognised Service Providers aim to buck this trend by spreading the benefits of the real Living Wage throughout their contracts. They commit to always supply a Living Wage bid alongside every market rate submittal to clients to champion fair pay within the sector. Ending low pay, one contract at a time. 

Enhance were one of the first cleaning companies to embrace the idea of a fair wage for low-paid workers in London. Over the past eight years they have consistently promoted the benefits of paying the real Living Wage to their clients. The majority of Enhance’s business is within London and 96% of Enhance’s staff, working on client contracts, are paid the London Living Wage or higher. 

Enhance has also worked hard to promote the Living Wage to others. This includes launching a public affairs campaign to promote the Living Wage, resulting in over 50 media articles, and regularly presenting to industry leaders on the benefits of the Living Wage. 

Sandy Aird, MD of Enhance, said: “Paying a real Living Wage to our staff is a fundamental principle within our business and we owe a huge ‘thank you’ to our clients for their ongoing support with this policy. We’re delighted to be recognised by winning the service providers Living Wage Champion Award 2018."  

Tess Lanning, director of the Living Wage Foundation, said: “Congratulations to Enhance on becoming a Living Wage Champion award winner. Employers like Enhance are leading the way in placing dignity and respect at the heart of their organisation. Over 4,200 employers have now signed up to the movement, and their leadership is making a profound difference to the lives of families and communities across the UK. Enhance’s work in celebrating and championing the Living Wage has been vital to its success.”

The Living Wage is an hourly pay rate set independently, updated annually, and calculated according to the basic cost of living. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. 

The awards were judged by an independent panel of business and community leaders.

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