Campaign to pay living wage signs up 350th city employer

Andrew Saffron
Andrew Saffron

The Brighton and Hove Living Wage campaign has reached 350 sign-ups in time for Living Wage Week, which starts on Sunday (November 5).

Run for over five years by Brighton Chamber, the Brighton and Hove Living Wage Campaign was launched to encourage local businesses to pay employees a decent hourly rate.

The 350th Living Wage employer to sign-up to the campaign in Brighton and Hove was digital start-up SomeoneWho.

We chatted to Andrew Saffron, co-founder ofthe business, on why he decided to sign up:

Firstly, tell us a bit more about your business...

We’re a digital platform that matches top quality interims with top quality briefs. Created by a team of interims for interims, our algorithm cuts out the middleman and provides a faster, more affordable recruitment experience.

What’s the best thing about running a business in Brighton and Hove?

Brighton and Hove is vibrant, fun and full of energy. It’s an amazing experience to be surrounded by so many like-minded people.

What’s the main reason you’ve committed to paying all your employees the Brighton and Hove Living Wage?

Simply because it’s the right thing to do.

How do you maintain great staff morale?

You have to treat people as you would wish to be treated. That’s all there is to it.

What’s the most important thing for employee well-being?

To recognise that we’re all human beings – we have good days, we have bad days. The best we can do as employers is to create an environment in which your team can have as many good days as possible and to show understanding and support them when they’re having a bad day.

To celebrate Living Wage Week Brighton Chamber is holding a pop-up breakfast event at the i360 on Thursday, with guest speaker Juliet Tzabar – CEO of digital agency Plug-In Media.

To find out more about the campaign, or to sign up for free, visit: www.livingwagebrighton.co.uk.

You can follow the campaign on Twitter @BHLivingWage.