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Garden design company becomes Living Wage accredited

News release from 04/03/2019

CULTIVATE Gardens is the latest business to have become a Living Wage accredited employer in Cambridge, demonstrating a clear commitment to fair pay.

Cultivate Gardens designs and builds gardens in Cambridge and has always paid a real Living Wage but only recently decided to become accredited with the Living Wage Foundation. 

The real Living Wage is the independently calculated to reflect costs of living. The real Living Wage is currently £9 per hour at the UK rate and £10.55 per hour at the London rate.

It is calculated based on a range of measures relating to what people require in order to meet their needs and participate in society. In comparison, the national living wage is based on a percentage of median income and aims to reach 60% by 2020, which means it is a lower rate of pay.

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “It is great news that Cultivate Gardens has joined the growing list of local employers that have signed up to accreditation. There are now 68 employers in the city that are Living Wage accredited to show that as a minimum they pay the real Living Wage that is independently calculated to meet living costs.

“The Living Wage accreditation process is simple and more employers are recognising that as well as benefitting employees it benefits the business. Employers have reported increased productivity rates of staff since accreditation and increased retention rates. You can get in touch with the council to help answer any questions you have about accreditation and explore the benefits for your business and employees.”

Ben Cijffers, Owner of Cultivate Gardens said:  “The Living Wage Foundation describe themselves as ‘an organisation at the heart of the independent movement of businesses and people that campaign for the idea that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.’

“For us that phrase sums up both the importance and value of paying proper wages.  It’s about standing with other businesses and people to say ‘no’ to a never ending race to the bottom that leaves employees unable to afford housing.

“It’s about proudly being part of a movement that believes that business is, and always should be, about more than just profit. And of course, it’s about motivated, valued and respected employees who feel part of something purposeful.”

There are now 68 employers based in Cambridge accredited with the Living Wage Foundation, demonstrating their commitment to fair pay.