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Burns at the Living Wage Marketplace

Published: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

We were thrilled to be invited to the Houses of Parliament on November 4th 2015, to showcase our products at the first ever Living Wage Marketplace event! Along with a selection of UK companies, we met dozens of MPs and staff to explain how businesses can be successful whilst ensuring employees are paid a fair wage.

The event, which took part during Living Wage Week, was organised by the Living Wage Foundation and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty in order to engage Members of Parliament with the Living Wage.

John’s recent Living Wage Leadership award was proudly on display and he was able to tell the tale of how Burns started and his vision for offering well-paid employment opportunities to people both locally and nationally.

We were the first company in Carmarthenshire, and so far the only pet industry company, to become a Living Wage Employer. We offer an hourly rate of at least £7.85 to all employees, including apprentices. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage, which is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK, on a voluntary basis.

We’re very grateful to the Living Wage Foundation and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty for inviting us to the event. It was a real honour to attend and we thoroughly enjoyed our day in Westminster. 

John Burns with Owen Smith - Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and John McDonnell - Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Katie (HR) ready to greet the crowd - the fabulous The Athenian stall was next to us tempting us with delicious dips and scrumptious sausage!

John Burns with SNP MPs Brendan O'Hara - Argyll (left) and Chris Law (Dundee West).


 Katie (HR) and John with our local MP Nia Griffith MP


 John with Mims Davies - MP for Eastleigh whose dog is a big Burns fan!

 John with Clive Lewis - MP for Norwich South.

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