Frozen drinks manufacturer Slush Puppie has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.
The organisation has committed to paying its 89 employees the voluntary living wage rate of £8.45 an hour, or £9.75 in London. Slush Puppie will pay the living wage to both permanent staff and third-party contractors.
The living wage is a voluntary rate, which is calculated according to the cost of living. The rate is independently set and updated on an annual basis.
The voluntary living wage differs from the national living wage, which is a statutory rate for employees aged 25 and over. The national living wage currently stands at £7.50 an hour.
Mark Peters, managing director at Slush Puppie, said: “We are a family-owned business where we put people first, from customers through to staff. From a personal point of view, it’s very important to our family that we share in our business’ prosperity with everyone that works within the [organisation].
“Last year we introduced a profit-sharing scheme and now it is fantastic that we are in a position to pay everyone more than the statutory minimum wage. To be an accredited living wage employer is something the business is very proud of.”