The Leekes Retail & Leisure Group are pleased to support the Welsh Government’s Economic Contract initiative which requires businesses to demonstrate their commitment to growth, fair work, employee health & skills and reducing their carbon footprint.
There are a number of areas where we can demonstrate the support the Group gives to the aims of Welsh Government to develop businesses to meet the needs to today and to prepare for the challenges and opportunities of the future which include:
Leekes Retail is a family owned and operated retail business with a 125 year history trading across multiple locations in South Wales, the West of England and the Midlands. Led by our Managing Director, Emma Leeke, we pride ourselves in supplying quality products and excellent levels of service, covering everything you need for your home from kitchens & bathrooms to furniture and all the finishing touches.
We have a strong employee led brand with exciting employment opportunities for multiple professional disciplines and for colleagues looking to work full or flexible and reduced hours. This is evidenced by excellent retention rates as our colleagues recognise that they work within a business that is inclusive, fair, respectful and appreciative of all employees.
Our recruitment and career development strategy ensures that everyone, regardless of their background, race, ethnicity or gender have equal opportunities.
The business operates with multiple disciplines incorporating a range of professional skills such as IT, Finance, Marketing, Sales, Visual Merchandising, Buying, Human Resources, Warehousing & Logistics and Construction.
Our breath of professional career opportunities has enabled us to create a business environment that attracts and retains a good balance of men and woman across the group and the ratio is 49.6% male employees and 50.4% female employees.
We regularly monitor remuneration by role to ensure that pay rates are governed solely by job position and not gender. Senior Management and Line Management roles across the group are well spilt between male and female and have equal salary, bonus & commission criteria. Female staff operating in the same role as male colleagues receive the same remuneration package.
On the 23rd March 2020 our business as a non- essential retailer locked down in line with Government direction and during April 2021 we operating with much of the business closed.
From a total of 488 staff that were on the payroll in April 2021 only 151 staff were relevant full pay employees. The remaining staff received furlough payments.
The 151 relevant full pay employees performed in areas critical to business continuity covering operations such as finance, distribution, customer service and payroll and store staff where departments were able to trade such as our building team or to support the on-line operation.
As such the reported pay gap, and pay quartile figures are once again not an accurate representation of our business as the data is adversely affected by the pandemic and represents a smaller sample of employees. The majority of staff are not included in the data as they are not classified as relevant full pay employees for the period under review.
The data for the pay gap and pay quartiles reports covers 151 full pay relevant employees, 69 females and 82 males;
Mean females earnings are 26.88% lower than males
Median female earnings are 6% lower than males
Pay Gap Bonus Figures
The pay gap bonus figures represents the earnings over a 12 month period for 123 male and 79 female employees.
Mean female bonus payments are 30.75% lower than males
Median female salaries are 55.81% lower than males
At Leekes, we recognise that we should endeavour to ensure that we have a positive impact on the working conditions of those working directly or indirectly for our business.
We try to ensure that our suppliers share our vision of a fair and safe working conditions.
The company's principal activities are in the retail sector through the operation of home department stores. We are a part of the Leekes Leisure and Retail Group, and our ultimate parent company is J.H. Leeke and Sons Limited. J.H. Leeke and Sons Limited has its head office in Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Wales. The Group has 850 employees all based in England and Wales.
We are committed to trying to ensure that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Anti-Slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to try to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chain.
We have in place systems to:
The Leekes Supplier Code of Conduct covers our minimum requirements in these areas and all our suppliers, and their supply chain, are asked to confirm their adherence to our standards.
All of our suppliers are asked to confirm their adherence to the following standards:
Child labour MUST NOT BE used by a supplier. A child is defined as any person under the age at which the local minimum age law stipulates for work or mandatory schooling. As a general rule this would be anyone under fifteen years of age.
* Bonded Labour, e.g. a person becomes a bonded labourer when their labour is demanded as a means of repayment for a loan. There MUST NOT BE any slavery, forced, bonded or involuntary labour in use across a supplier’s operation. To ensure compliance, workers should have the legal right to work at the premises, to leave the premises at the end of their working day and the freedom to terminate employment at any time in accordance with the agreed notice period.
There MUST NOT BE any labour who could be considered to have been subject to Human Trafficking. To ensure compliance, workers cannot be recruited through a person who arranges or facilitates the travel of another person with a view to that person being exploited. It is irrelevant whether that person has consented to travel.
Workers MUST BE prevented from exposure to any health and safety hazards that are likely to pose an immediate risk of causing death, permanent injury or illness.
A reliable system for recording working hours and wages for each individual employed MUST BE in place within a supplier and these should be available for audit.
There MUST NOT BE any form of bribery offered or used in relation to the Leekes business.
We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors comply with our values we reserve the right to request access to our suppliers manufacturing facilities at any time for members of our Buying Team or our representatives to check compliance with the Leekes Supplier Code of Conduct.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st March 2022. It was approved by the board on 22nd September 2022.