Crawley Borough Council called on the town’s employers to pay their workers more than the minimum wage.
The council was accredited as a ‘Living Wage’ employer this year after it and its contractors started paying staff a minimum of £7.65 per hour.
Businesses were invited to a presentation on the scheme at Nestle’s headquarters in Manor Royal on November 6.
Cllr Peter Lamb, leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “We want to encourage as many of the town’s businesses as possible to follow in our footsteps and we’re working towards making it as easy for them as possible.
“Our aim is to work with businesses to show them the benefits, appreciating that it may take time for some and others may struggle.”
The council received the accreditation during the Tory administration.
Cllr Duncan Crow, leader of Crawley’s Conservative group supported the move to encourage employers to pay the Living Wage.He said: “The Living Wage alone is not enough to help the lowest paid, we also need the continuing action on taxation.”
The Government’s minimum wage is £6.50 per hour.