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This week is Living Wage Week and we are proud to say that we are one of a growing number of businesses across the UK and Nottinghamshire to have received full certification from the Living Wage Foundation.

We got the official certification last month but we’ve actually been committed to the “Real Living Wage” ever since we relaunched as Nottingham Venues earlier this summer.

Why? Simple. We believe that all of our staff deserve a wage which meets everyday needs.

Back in April 2016, the government introduced a higher minimum wage rate for all staff over 25 years of age inspired by the Living Wage campaign - even calling it the ‘national living wage’.

However, this wage is not calculated according to what employees and their families need to live. The real Living Wage rates are higher because they are independently-calculated based on what people need to get by.

That’s why the Foundation encourages all employers that can afford to do so to ensure their employees earn a wage that meets the costs of living, not just the government minimum.

Here’s what two of our team members, Magda and Ashie have to say about it;

Magda, who works in housekeeping said:

‘I don’t think the “REAL:” living wage is something that a lot of people have heard of to be honest but I do think that it is a great idea and one that I’d hope to see more employers adopt, especially in hospitality.

‘Working here at Nottingham Venues is a very rewarding experience and we have a lot of opportunities to train and develop our careers but it is great to know that we are part of a team that is in touch with the challenges that a lot of people face right now.’

Ashie, who works in food and beverage said:

‘Times are really tough for a lot of people right now and it is good to know that there are employers out there (including Nottingham Venues) who understand this and are stepping up and doing something about it.

‘We have great perks here such as free food on shift, fun team building and recognition schemes but sometimes the simple things are the most important. Hopefully more employers get involved with this as it could really make a difference to a lot of people.’

The new Living Wage rates were announced on Thursday 22nd September 2022.

Meanwhile, we are actively recruiting again after a period of consolidation and recovery post-pandemic which now sees us back to the kind of occupancy and delegate levels that we were enjoying before.

If you would like to join us, please visit our join our team page.

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