Stoats accredited as 1000th Living Wage Employer in Scotland with First Minister Visit

Stoats accredited as 1000th Living Wage Employer in Scotland with First Minister Visit

Scottish oats company, Stoats, has been accredited as a Living Wage employer and, as the 1000th company in Scotland to do so, Stoats received recognition of the achievement with a visit from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.


Wed, 08 Nov 2017



Visiting the company’s Edinburgh HQ during Living Wage week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met staff and congratulated the company on gaining accreditation. 

Stoats, which produces a range of oats-based products, employs 33 people. The company, founded in 2005, earned Living Wage accreditation shortly after moving to its new production facility three months ago.

The First Minister said: “I am delighted that Scotland has reached this landmark during Living Wage Week. I congratulate Stoats on their commitment to demonstrate leadership in the business community by paying workers a fair, living wage.

“Through the Scottish Living Wage accreditation initiative, the Scottish Government is helping ensure peoples’ basic pay meets the cost of living. As well as the benefits to workers, it also makes sense to employers. 

“Evidence shows paying the Real Living Wage leads to increased productivity, better morale and lower sickness absence. It also demonstrates to the world that the organisation is committed to treating its workforce well.”

Tony Stone, managing director of Stoats, commented: “Our staff are absolutely integral to our brand. We appreciate the hard work our team commits to produce 38,000 porridge oat bars by hand daily, consistently delivering quality products for our customers. 

“We are very proud to be a Living Wage employer and to receive this recognition from the First Minister on our commitment to our workforce.”

Stoats is an independent company owned and operated by managing director, Tony Stone and director, Bob Arnott, specialising in providing good quality oat products which are nutritionally rich, convenient and help satisfy hunger at all points in the day.  All Stoats products are made from a unique blend of premium Scottish oats, combined with the best natural ingredients.

The Stoats product portfolio includes best-selling porridge oat bars, porridge sachets, porridge quick pots, flavoured porridge, mueslis, and oatcakes as well as 750g boxes of porridge.  Stockists include Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons, The Co-op, Dobbies and Wholefoods.

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