Living Wage Champion Awards 2023 winners announced at awards ceremony in Manchester

Champion Award Winners 2023

The Living Wage Foundation is delighted to announce the winners of the Living Wage Champion Awards 2023. At last night’s awards, held at the National Football Museum in Manchester, employers and individuals up and down the country were celebrated for their leadership in promoting the real Living Wage in their industries, supply chain and areas leading to outstanding contributions to communities and industries across the UK. 

The awards were held in Greater Manchester for the first time ever in recognition of the growth and strength of the movement in the region. Greater Manchester boasts 663 Living Wage Employers - meaning nearly 25,000 workers receiving a pay rise in line with the cost of living every year - and 18 Living Hours Employers, more than anywhere else in the UK. In 2021, it became the first city-region in the UK to be recognised for its plan to bring employers together from the public and private sectors and civil society to create a Living Wage city-region where the real Living Wage is the norm. The awards were hosted by BBC North West presenter Annabel Tiffin and Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham was in attendance. 

The awards were sponsored by Aviva, Everton FC, Autotrader and Britannia Anchor Removals. 

Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said: “Congratulations to all those who won a Living Wage Champion Award. Now more than ever, people need a wage that covers the cost of living, so it has been inspiring to hear about the work being done by this incredible collection of organisations and individuals to promote the real Living Wage across the country.   

Along with nearly 13,000 other Living Wage Employers in our network, they have ensured that the movement has remained strong and continued to grow at record pace in these difficult times, and it’s fantastic to be able to publicly thank a handful of those employers who are really leading the way on the Living Wage this evening." 

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “It was our privilege to host the Living Wage Champions Awards in Manchester and a massive congratulations goes to all the award winners. Their leadership and advocacy for the Living Wage is inspiring and deserves to be recognised.  

“In Greater Manchester we’re building a movement for better employment practices, led by our Good Employment Charter and with fair pay at its heart. The movement is growing, backed by employers who understand the long-term business benefits of adopting the real Living Wage. There is still plenty of work to be done, with a cost-of-living crisis being sharply felt by those on the lowest incomes, but we are proud of the progress made so far.” 

Here is the full list of 2023 Winners: 

Advocate of the Year Award – Chris Smallwood, Anchor Removals 

Advocate of the Year Award – Mat Sheehan, Enabled Living Healthcare 

Beyond the Living Wage Award – Phoenix Group

Beyond the Living Wage Award – Herbert Smith Freehills

Beyond the Living Wage Award – One+All 

Beyond the Living Wage Award – The West Brom 

Campaign of the Year Award – West London Health and Social Care Campaign  

Campaign of the Year Award – Greater Manchester Campaign calling on Anchor Hanover to Accredit 

Employee’s Choice Award – Gavhas Ltd 

Employee’s Choice Award – Phoenix Events (East) Ltd 

Health and Social Care Champion – South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust & NHS London 

Lifetime Achievement Award – Alan Waters, Leader of Norwich City Council  

Living Hours Champion – Zixtel Ltd 

Industry Trailblazer – Burns Pet Nutrition  

Industry Trailblazer – Unity Trust Bank 

Living Wage Places Champion – Royal Docks  

Public Sector Champion – The London Borough of Newham  

Recognised Service Provider Champion – Compass Group  

Retail and Hospitality Champion – Rosslyn Coffee  

Retail and Hospitality Champion – Fill Refill Co 

Third Sector Champion – Salford CVS  

Living Wage Funders Champion – Postcode Trusts