Exploring the business case for the Real Living Wage

Date: Wednesday 16th November 2022
Time: 12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Location: No1 Circle Square, Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7ED
Cost: Free
SME Club

Amid a cost-of-living crisis, ensuring people are paid fairly is more important than ever. And while employers face rising costs elsewhere, the business case for paying the real Living Wage remains strong.

At this special event to mark Living Wage Week 2022, we will consider Greater Manchester’s Living Wage City-Region campaign in the context of the new economic environment.

Business leaders will share what becoming a real Living Wage employer has meant to them. How does paying the real Living Wage benefit staff morale? What is the impact on employee retention? Could paying staff more now help reduce costs long-term?

We’ll hear how Greater Manchester’s Good Employment Charter, a voluntary membership and assessment scheme, is raising work standards for employers and employees. There will also be an opportunity to network and ask questions directly related to your sector.

This event is in collaboration with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the GM Good Employment Charter, the Real Living Wage Foundation and Spark by Bruntwood Works.

Spark is Bruntwood's Business Support programme which focuses on sparking growth, ideas and connections for the businesses in our buildings and cities. Find out more about the programme here.

About the Speakers:

Andy Burnham Mayor of Greater Manchester - GMCA

Andy Burnham was elected as Mayor of Greater Manchester in May 2017.

Prior to this Andy was MP for Leigh from 2001. In government, Andy has held Ministerial positions at the Home Office, Department of Health and the Treasury. In 2008 he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, before returning to Health as Secretary of State in 2009.

In opposition, Andy has served as Shadow Education Secretary, Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary.

Andy lives in Leigh, Greater Manchester, with his wife and three children. He is a keen supporter of Everton FC.

Jennifer Atkins People Director - Bruntwood

Jen joined Bruntwood in 2012 and is the People Director across Bruntwood’s group of companies.
Leading the People and Talent teams, Jen works with the board to develop the colleague strategy and organisational culture. She has a particular focus on developing the companies’ diversity and inclusion agenda.
Bruntwood were proud to become members of the Good Employment Charter in late 2019 after being part of the pilot group. Jen is a member of the GEC Programme board, providing oversight on the delivery of the Charter and acting as a champion for good employment, strategically driving the charter forward to deliver the outcomes and benefits for all employers across Greater Manchester.

Jen is also a trustee at Hideout Youth Zone in Gorton which opened in September 2020 as a safe and inspiring place for thousands of young people to spend their leisure time.

Shaun Hinds CEO - Manchester Central

Shaun leads the team at Manchester Central in its mission to drive business growth through the development of its three key assets; its experienced team of people, its world-class facilities and its outstanding levels of service. With a focus on innovation as a means to achieve this, Shaun is passionate about maximising opportunities as Manchester cements itself as the UK’s second city and the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.

Prior to joining Manchester Central, Shaun previously led international operations at BridgeStreet Global Hospitality and has more than 25 years’ experience working across hospitality, property and business service sectors. Having held leadership roles across a wide range of business functions, Shaun is in prime position to steer Manchester Central through its next phase of growth.

Gillian Drakeford Former CEO - IKEA | International Retail & Consumer Experience | Mentor | Advisor | Aspiring NED | Trustee | -

Gillian has extensive experience leading large scale international retail enterprises for IKEA Group across diverse markets, having held the role of CEO in China, UK & Ireland and more recently responsible for IKEA’s global consumer experience.

Acknowledged as having a passion and focus on making a difference for people and business. Gillian led the IKEA UK organisation to become the first large retail company to be accredited as a real living wage employer in 2016. The accreditation demonstrates a long term investment in people based on humanistic values and a belief that when a team gets good compensation and working conditions it will always have a positive impact on the final experience of your customers and long term growth and profitability.

Now developing a pleural career as a senior advisor and non- executive director focused on business transformation of consumer businesses. Currently a Trustee on Back on Track a Manchester based charity and an advisor to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Good Employment Charter.

Ian MacArthur Director - The GM Good Employment Charter

An exiled Scotsman, Ian has spent his career working on environmental and public health issues – and the socioeconomic policies that underpin them – from community to international levels.

Starting his career as an environmental health officer with Carlisle City Council, he has worked in delivery, policy and leadership roles for Edinburgh City Council, the Health and Safety Executive, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, The World Health Organisation (Euro), the UK Public Health Association, Groundwork UK and The Growth Company.

Since March 2019, he has led the development and implementation of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter, – an initiative established by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham in his first term and now a major policy foundation to help address employment related inequalities and build economic and social resilience in his second.

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