We are excited to announced First Response Group (FRG) was crowned a Recognised Service Provider Champion at last night’s Living Wage Foundation Champion Awards in recognition of our efforts to champion the ‘real Living Wage’ in the security and FM industries.

The annual Living Wage Champion Awards celebrate notable employers that pay the Living Wage and this year they recognised 20 years of the Living Wage campaign.

Since becoming a Living Wage Foundation Recognised Service Provider two years ago FRG has been committed to securing the ‘real Living Wage’ rate to all directly employed staff and contracted staff, one contract at a time.

FRG Commercial Director, Troy Moffatt, accepted the award for FRG at the virtual awards ceremony hosted by YolanDa Brown, well-known saxophonist, composer and broadcaster. Troy comments:

“We are proud to champion the real Living Wage as we don’t believe there is any better way for our industry to have a lasting impact on social value. Being rewarded for our efforts by the Living Wage Foundation as a Recognised Service Provider Champion is simply fantastic news, and it a recognition of the work we have done within the security and FM industries.

We believe in paying a decent wage to our staff, who carry out vital work for many organisations, and therefore always provide a Living Wage costed bid to all our clients. This gives our clients the chance to decide if the Living Wage is right for their organisation.

We appreciate that paying a real Living Wage is not something that everyone can commit to immediately. However, just opening an honest discussion can start to make a change. We have typically found that those who cannot currently budget for the increased cost can, and generally will, plan a phased implementation. Our open discussions with clients regarding pay rates for workers on their sites humanises the service in the eyes of all stakeholders.

Clients are understanding that paying a real Living Wage directly improves not just the financial wellbeing, but the emotional and physical wellbeing of the workforce. It increases the contributions that our services make to their local, circular economies.

Laura Gardiner, Director, Living Wage Foundation has congratulated us on our win:

“The Living Wage Champion Awards 2021 are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the importance of a wage that truly covers the cost of living and the value this provides for workers and businesses, and I congratulate First Response Group on their deserved award.”

Find out more about The Living Wage Foundation and how you can get involved here.

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