The action group is chaired by Lou Cordwell, Chair of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (GM LEP). 

The action group will work towards creating better jobs, using Greater Manchester’s Good Employment Charter, voluntary membership and assessment scheme that aims to raise employment standards across the city-region, for all organisations of any size, sector or geography. The Charter describes seven key characteristics of good employment, including payment of the real Living Wage.  

The action group will focus on seven key areas of the Greater Manchester economy: 

  • ‘Anchor Institutions’, including large public sector organisations 
  • Health and Social Care
  • Civil Society
  • Hospitality and Leisure
  • Large Employers
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector

Bespoke action plans are being developed for each of the seven key areas to advocate for the real Living Wage, raise awareness, and promote good employment.