North Yorkshire’s Ellers Farm Distillery, has announced it has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer, demonstrating its efforts to balance people, planet, and profit.

This commitment will see all hourly-paid members of the team at Ellers Farm Distillery receive a minimum hourly rate that is significantly higher than the government rate.

Ellers Farm Distillery is based in Yorkshire, a region where almost a fifth of all workers (18.5%) earn less than they need to get by, with over 410,000 jobs paying less than the real Living Wage. To demonstrate the appreciation Ellers Farm Distillery have for its employees and their hard work, they have committed to this movement and will pay all staff the real Living Wage.

The real Living Wage aims to provide employees with an hourly rate that is calculated according to what people need to make ends meet. It ensures that all employers pay their staff a wage that meets the costs and pressures they face in their everyday lives, with almost 300,000 employees having received a pay rise as a result of the campaign.

Speaking on their commitment to the real Living Wage, head of sustainability, Tabatha Hurst commented: “We are very proud to have joined the real Living Wage Campaign, as here at Ellers Farm Distillery we believe everyone should be appreciated for their hard work and earn a fair wage which allows them to meet the needs of their day to day lives.”

“We focus on the wellbeing of our staff and want to ensure that everyone at Ellers Farm Distillery feels happy, valued, and appreciated for the work they do. Without the hard work and dedication of the whole team, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Committing to the real Living Wage is a first step toward demonstrating our appreciation for the hard work of all of our team.”

The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate that is voluntarily paid by almost 10,000 UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a wage which meets their everyday needs. Ellers Farm Distillery are proud to join businesses such as IKEA, Nationwide and Nestle in this movement.