Our Memberships and Accreditations
The Priory Rooms prides itself on delivering excellent customer service, outstanding facilities, implementing ethical and fair operating policies and being a not-for-profit organisation.
These values are reflected in the associations we have chosen to join and the accreditations we have been awarded.
Living Wage Employer Mark
The Living Wage Employer Mark is an ethical badge indicating responsible pay, awarded to employers by the Living Wage Foundation. This Foundation is an initiative of Citizens UK and works with employers to help them implement the real living wage, and celebrates and recognise this with an accreditation scheme.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. It is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Minimum Income Standard (MIS) research, in which members of the public identify what is needed for a minimum standard of living in the UK. This is then combined with an analysis of the actual cost of living. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. Paying a wage that is enough to live on is good for business, good for the individual and good for society.
The Priory Rooms became accredited as a Living Wage Employer in March 2017, though has been committed to paying the Living Wage and above since 2014.
AIM Accreditation; Awarded by the Meetings Industry Association
AIM is the industry recognised mark of excellence which demonstrates to customers that venues are truly compliant, capable and competent at being fit for purpose and operate as decent and ethical organisations. To achieve the award venues are assessed by the MIA against a set of common quality standards as agreed by the MIA and endorsed by the HBAA and more than 35 UK business tourism destinations.
The Priory Rooms were awarded the AIM accreditation on the 1st February 2014. http://www.mia-uk.org/aim-accredited-in-meetings/
Social Enterprise UK Membership
Social Enterprise UK’s membership includes private businesses, charities and public sector organisations who support the vision of a world where social enterprise is the usual way of doing business. They run effective campaigns on the sector's behalf, carry out robust and respected research to help paint a picture of the UK's social enterprise movement, build networks between social enterprises and raise the profile of the sector.
The Priory Rooms became a member of Social Enterprise UK in March 2015. http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/
Social Enterprise West Midlands Membership
Social Enterprise West Midlands was launched in 2007 to improve understanding and support for social enterprises. They have developed as the region’s leading membership network for a range of social enterprises, third sector organisations, sector supporters and partners. Their primary purpose is to act as an advocate for social enterprise so that awareness, understanding, visibility, sustainability and growth of the sector is improved.
The Priory Rooms became a member of Social Enterprise West Midlands in September 2012. http://www.socialenterprisewm.org.uk/
Colmore Business District Membership
The Colmore Business District (CBD) is a business improvement district (BID) established to project manage improvements and services to the business quarter of Birmingham. A BID is a defined geographical area within which local businesses collaborate to invest in projects, services and initiatives which improve the environment in which they work. BIDs deliver additional services to those provided by the local authority and police; these projects and services are the result of business investment in the area.
The Priory Rooms have been a levy paying business in the CBD since 2009. http://colmorebusinessdistrict.com/
Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Membership
The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce comprises Birmingham, Solihull, Chase, Lichfield & Tamworth, Burton & District, The British American Business Council, The Institute of Asian Businesses, Chamber Executive Club, Future Faces. The Chamber offers businesses the skills, knowledge, contacts and resources to help all business areas, including extensive networking and events programme, press and PR opportunities, lobbying and political opportunities, and a wide range of training courses.
The Priory Rooms became a member of the Chamber in 2009. http://www.birmingham-chamber.com/
Marketing Birmingham Membership
Marketing Birmingham is the city’s strategic marketing partnership and the driving force behind its growing reputation as a place to visit, meet and invest. They operate the city’s leisure and business tourism programmes; Visit and Meet Birmingham as well as inward investment programme Business Birmingham. They help bring together some of the area’s biggest companies and most influential players to create real opportunities for the region’s growth.
The Priory Rooms became a member of Marketing Birmingham in 2009. http://www.marketingbirmingham.com/
First Mile Accreditation; Outstanding Achievements in Recycling
First Mile provides low cost recycling and waste collection services for city centre businesses. They collect from the Priory Rooms general waste, card and paper recycling and food waste, providing regular detailed reports on our achievements recycling.
In 2013 First Mile presented The Priory Rooms with a Silver Award in Outstanding Achievements in Recycling. In 2014, following the introduction of food waste recycling, The Priory Rooms achieved a Gold Award for our incredible efforts to go above and beyond with recycling. http://www.thefirstmile.co.uk/
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