BRIGHT sparks Enspec Power have been honoured for their commitment to giving staff a fair deal.
The Washington electrical engineering business has won the Living Wage Champion Awards 2014 for the North East region.
The awards, co-ordinated by the Living Wage Foundation, recognise employers that implement and celebrate the pay rate.
Enspec director, Dave Jones, said: “At every level, our skilled and knowledgeable team give us a fantastic competitive edge and we wanted to acknowledge this.
“We are achieving year-on-year growth and it would not be possible without them.
“We are absolutely delighted to have won the Living Wage award and would urge all companies to become Living Wage employers.”
Electrical fitter Ricki Powney is one of those who benefits from the firm’s fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work approach.
“I think it is great Enspec has adopted the Living Wage,” he said.
“It makes me feel I am a really valued part of the team.”
The awards are part of Living Wage Week 2014, a national celebration of responsible pay, running from November 2 to 8.
Living Wage Foundation director, Rhys Moore, said: “Congratulations to Enspec Power on being named the Champion Award winner for the region.
“With 1,000 employers now accredited, it is wonderful to have Enspec leading the way in the North East.
“The leadership of responsible employers is making a real difference to families and communities across the UK. Thank you very much for celebrating the Living Wage.”
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. It is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the “Minimum Income Standard” for the UK.
Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public, with a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.