[:en]The Living Wage Foundation and its supporters are celebrating the establishment of the first Living Wage Building in the United Kingdom -International House in Brixton.
All tenants based within the co-working building are obliged to pay at least the London Living Wage to their employees and contractors.
The 11-storey block is owned by Lambeth Council and run by 3Space. The former council office re-opened in late 2018 as one of London’s biggest affordable co-working building for new and growing businesses, social enterprises and charities, with a focus on design, creativity and innovation.
A fantastic enterprise community is being built at International House – from high growth creative tech companies Gravity Sketch, Resi, and KYND, to local cultural charities including Photofusion, and Business Launchpad, a not for profit supporting young entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds. Once fully occupied, the building has the potential to support 850 jobs.
The venture is being supported by accredited local authority Lambeth Council. As a council, they are focused on developing new employment opportunities in emerging sectors, with typically better pay, to support young people and encourage entrepreneurship and business skills.
In support of this focus, Lambeth Council is rolling out new co-working buildings across the borough, all of which specify that tenants pay the London Living Wage to employees.
Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said:
“We’re delighted to see International House become the country’s first Living Wage Building. Lambeth Council has shown real leadership in asking businesses based within its buildings to pay the London Living Wage. We know the huge impact that supportive local authorities like Lambeth can have in driving Living Wage take-up. Across the UK many councils are now not only accrediting as Living Wage employers but also using their convening power to help spread Living Wage accreditation through local businesses and supply chains.”
The Living Wage Buildings project is part of Living Wage Places, launched by the Living Wage Foundation, which formally recognises and celebrates the places that are leading the way on the real Living Wage.
For more information about the Living Wage Places scheme, contact Clare Goff, Living Wage Places project manager at the Living Wage Foundation: firstname.lastname@example.org[:]