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Conference Aston introduces the Living Wage

Birmingham academic venue has begun paying staff a minimum £8.25 an hour, above the recommended £7.20 for over 25s

Pictured: Samantha Brown, head of Conference Aston

Conference Aston, an academic conferencing venue in Birmingham, has become one of the first in the industry to introduce the Living Wage across its hospitality team.

The venue has begun paying all service staff a minimum £8.25 an hour, more than the government's new living wage threshold of £7.20 for over 25s, which was introduced in April this year.

Conference Aston's introduction of the rate comes as catering company Wilson Vale begins its new contract to manage catering and hospitality services across the venue.

Samantha Brown, head of Conference Aston, said: "In the service sector, we are continually under pressure to deliver an exceptional level of service to our guests. It’s our outstanding employees, those who provide a five-star service every day, who are instrumental to those guest experiences. We need to ensure that they continue to be motivated to provide a high-quality service that will give our guests the best experience possible.

"We’ve taken a huge step, along with our new catering services provider Wilson Vale, to introduce the Living Wage and are amongst the first to do so within hospitality in the Midlands. We have some of the most experienced and capable staff in the region, and believe that an investment in them is critical to the future success of Conference Aston."

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