MP raises a glass to Inveralmond Brewery’s Living Wage Commitment
Inveralmond Brewery, one of Scotland’s leading independent craft-beer breweries, has been accredited by the Living Wage Foundation, in partnership with the Poverty Alliance, as a Living Wage employer. To celebrate the accreditation, the Perth-based beer makers welcomed local MP for Perth and North Perthshire, Pete Wishart for a tour, some beer tastings and to meet the brewery’s talented team.
The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Inveralmond Brewery, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers, receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.
Fergus Clark, Managing Director at Inveralmond Brewery, said:
“Looking after your employees is as important as looking after your customers. We would not have a successful business without a team who enjoy coming to work and are able to meet the costs of living on a daily basis. We are passionate about exceptional beer and it is reassuring to us to know that our team can just enjoy what they do without the stresses that can come with worrying about making ends meet.
“We are proud to show our support to The Living Wage Foundation by becoming a Living Wage employer. We are also delighted to welcome Pete Wishart to the brewery to mark our Living Wage accreditation and show him the passion we have for the work we do on a daily basis.”
Pete, a passionate supporter of the Living Wage, spent time meeting the team at Inveralmond Brewery, learning about the beer making process and sampling some of their creations.
Pete Wishart, Member of Parliament for Perth and North Perthshire commented:
“It is great to see Inveralmond Brewery pledge its commitment to being a Living Wage Employer. Many large employers in the Perth area have become Living Wage accredited and seeing this city become the first Living Wage City is still a campaign I’m passionate about driving. The Living Wage benefits both employers and employees by improving morale and productivity in the workplace, as well as lifting low income families out of poverty.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting Inveralmond Brewery and meeting their team. Their enthusiasm for what they do is infectious and I hope their Living Wage accreditation will inspire other local businesses to sign up.”
Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance said:
“Congratulations to The Inveralmond Brewery on becoming an accredited Living Wage Employer. The Inveralmond Brewery have shown fantastic leadership in becoming the latest Living Wage Employer in Perthshire.
“It takes courage and foresight for a business to commit voluntarily to pay the Living Wage. We expect Living Wage Employers to reap the rewards of being seen to be fair dealing.”