Almost a quarter of a million pounds is owed by 38 businesses in Wales for employing illegal workers.
The businesses concerned are mostly small-time takeaways but household, or as I would say it ‘ouseold’, names like Costcutter and Lifestyle Express are also on the list.
The businesses are spread all around the country and range from a £2,500 fine imposed on Golden Fry, in Rhymney, to the £20,000 penalties imposed on Natraj Tandoori, in Bridgend, and Red Hot China in Llanharan.
The 38 are
Eight til Late in Ferndale, Rhondda, owes £5,000.
The Asia Restaurant, in Llandudno, owe £10,000. The business’s Muktovir Shmed blamed the previous owner. That old chestnut!
Bamboo House in Pwllheli owe £7,500.
Central House fish and chip shop in Ystradgynlais, Swansea, owes £5,000.
Cheeky Pizza in Colwyn Bay owe £5,000.
Cinnamon Spice, in Ferndale, Rhondda, owe £5,000. The firm’s Mohammed Ali said: “I’m the new owner, I’ve been here a month.”
Costcutter in High Street, Merthyr Tydfil, owe £5,000.
Curry Express in Cwm, Ebbw Vale owe £5,000. Raj, who did not want to give his surname, said: “The owner has changed. The matter is going to court.”
Drinks Express, also known as Caereithin Off Licence, owes £5,000.
Ferndale Chargrill, in High Street, Ferndale, which also owes £5,000.
Golden Fry, in High Street, Rhymney owes £2,500.
Golden Star, in Gadlys Road, Aberdare, owes £10,000.
The Gourmet San and K Max, in Storrar Road, Cardiff, owes £10,000. Business partner Mike Cheung said: “There was a previous owner. I’ve no idea what happened to him. He just ran away. A lot of people are looking for him.”
Hafod Hand Car Wash in Neath Road, Swansea, owes £5,000.
King Kebab and Pizza in College Street, Newcastle Emlyn, owes £5,000.
Lifestyle Express in Ystalyfera, Swansea, owes £5,000.
Mango Express in Shopping Parade, Penyrheol, Caerphilly, owes £5,000.
Mango House Indian Restaurant in High Street, Merthyr Tydfil, is listed twice, once as owing £5,000 and once as owing £2,500.
Natraj Restaurant, in Wyndham Street, Bridgend, owes £20,000.
The New Sun Rise takeaway in The Avenue, Llanelli, owes £5,000.
P&M Stores in Hillside Terrace, Porth, owes £5,000.
Pizza Plus in Taff Street, Pontypridd, owes £5,000.
Poppadom Express in Church Street, Merthyr Tydfil, owes £5,000.
Premier Express in Beaufort Rise, Ebbw Vale, owes £5,000.
Red Hot China in Chapel Road, Llanharan, owes £20,000.
Samirah Bangladesh Tandoori in Regent Street, Llangollen, owes £5,000.
Seventh Heaven Chinese takeaway in Windsor Road, Neath, owes £5,000.
Shaftesbury Hand Car Wash in Albany Street, Newport, owes £5,000.
Star Anise, in New Road, Skewen, Neath, owes £5,000.
Taste of Raj, in Cardiff Street, Aberdare, owes £5,000.
The Godfather takeaway in Queen Street, Rhyl, owes £5,000.
The Indian Palace in Tregwilym Road, Newport, owes £5,000.
Towngate in Raleigh Walk, Cardiff, owes £10,000.
The Tuck In Grill House in Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, owes £5,000.
Tuck Inn, also in Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, owes £5,000.
Wave Car Wash, in Clive Street, Cardiff, owes £5,000.
Yummy Kitchen in Broadway, Cardiff, owes £5,000.
Supposedly employers can be jailed for two years for employing illegal workers and be banned from holding directorships. The annoying thing about these non paying businesses is that if a council tenant owes a few hundred quid the bailiffs are sent in a quick as the councils can get it organised.
If our government had any ‘bottle and glass’ (arse) they would shut down these businesses caught employing illegal workers there and then until someone comes up with the dosh (cash).
I grabbed this off the Home Office web site notice these figures are only for a three month period.