Press release: Record £2 million back pay identified for 13,000 of the UK’s lowest paid workers

More than 13,000 of the UK’s lowest paid workers will get around £2 million in back pay as part of the government’s scheme to name employers who have failed to pay National Minimum Wage and Living Wage.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy today (16 August 2017) published a list of 233 businesses that underpaid workers.

As well as paying back staff the money owed, employers on the list have been fined a record £1.9 million by the government. Retail, hairdressing and hospitality businesses were among the most prolific offenders.

Since 2013, the scheme has identified £6 million back pay for 40,000 workers, with 1,200 employers fined £4 million.

Business Minister Margot James said:

It is against the law to pay workers less than legal minimum wage rates, short-changing ordinary working people and undercutting honest employers.

Today’s naming round identifies a record £2 million of back pay for workers and sends the clear message to employers that the government will come down hard on those who break the law.

Common errors made by employers in this round included deducting money from pay packets to pay for uniforms, failure to account for overtime hours, and wrongly paying apprentice rates to workers.

Melissa Tatton, Director at HM Revenue and Customs said:

HMRC is committed to getting money back into the pockets of underpaid workers, and continues to crack down on employers who ignore the law.

Those not paying workers the National Minimum or Living Wage can expect to face the consequences.

For more information about your pay, or if you think you might be being underpaid, get advice and guidance at:

The 233 employers named today are:

  1. Argos Limited, Milton Keynes MK9, failed to pay £1,461,881.78 to 12,176 workers.
  2. Pearson Anderson Limited, Leicester LE1, failed to pay £49,800.41 to 169 workers.
  3. Fusion Hairdesign Ltd, Harrow HA3, failed to pay £24,352.90 to 6 workers.
  4. Nunthorpe Nurseries Group Ltd, Redcar and Cleveland TS7, failed to pay £22,831.38 to 118 workers.
  5. Vong’s Welcome Limited trading as Vong’s Hot Food Bar, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon BT32, failed to pay £18,575.34 to 1 worker.
  6. Maughan Microcomputers Limited trading as Console Doctor, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6, failed to pay £15,010.89 to 3 workers.
  7. Islington Accommodation Services Limited, Blackburn with Darwen BB2, failed to pay £14,447.82 to 1 worker.
  8. Mr Mohammed Yunas Chughtai, Mrs Azmat Ara Chughtai and Mr Aftab Chughtai trading as Aftabs, Birmingham B8, failed to pay £14,142.26 to 1 worker.
  9. Rudan Limited trading as Hershesons, Westminster W1S, failed to pay £14,141.06 to 7 workers.
  10. Mr Anthony Kenvig trading as Kenvig’s Hair Marriott, Preston PR3, failed to pay £9,698.04 to 2 workers.
  11. Mr William Gareth Griffiths & Mrs Llinos Griffiths trading as Gareth Griffiths, Ceredigion SY23, failed to pay £9,230.56 to 1 worker.
  12. Geoff Chapman trading as North Cowton Service Station, Richmondshire DL7, failed to pay £8,229.11 to 3 workers.
  13. Miss Mackenzie Sanders trading as Filo Horses, Swindon SN4, failed to pay £8,204.07 to 3 workers.
  14. Miss Reena Parmar trading as Antony Luka Hairdressing, Birmingham B42, failed to pay £7,353.22 to 1 worker.
  15. Nightingales of Kidderminster Limited, Wyre Forest DY10, failed to pay £6,895.75 to 9 workers.
  16. Wynyard Hall Limited trading as Wynyard Hall, Stockton-on-Tees TS22, failed to pay £6,040.05 to 3 workers.
  17. Mrs Dorothy Bello trading as Rising Stars Daycare & Shining Stars Kids Club, Newham E16, failed to pay £5,515.06 to 4 workers.
  18. Bull Construction Limited, Wiltshire SN8, failed to pay £4,998.79 to 1 worker.
  19. The Fish and Chip Ship Limited trading as McMonagles, West Dunbartonshire G81, failed to pay £4,900.15 to 9 workers.
  20. DSL Accident Repair Ltd, City of Edinburgh EH14, failed to pay £4,896.43 to 3 workers.
  21. Shores Homecare Limited, East Riding of Yorkshire HU19, failed to pay £4,840.31 to 6 workers.
  22. Deborah Marsh and Kathryn Johnston trading as FX Hair & Beauty, Broxbourne EN8, failed to pay £4,790.72 to 1 worker.
  23. Bass Electrical Limited, West Lindsey LN3, failed to pay £4,717.05 to 1 worker.
  24. Airport Placements Limited, Solihull B26, failed to pay £4,557.43 to 50 workers.
  25. Rainbow Room (Clarkston) Limited (name changed to JPTO Ltd), East Renfrewshire G76, failed to pay £4,532.94 to 21 workers.
  26. Eaglescliffe Gas Limited, Stockton-on-Tees TS16, failed to pay £4,492.03 to 1 worker.
  27. Idlewild Hairdressing Ltd, West Oxfordshire OX28, failed to pay £4,491.02 to 2 workers.
  28. Emma’s Angels Day Nursery Limited, Leeds LS19, failed to pay £4,178.89 to 5 workers.
  29. Francis John Hairdressing Ltd trading as Francis John Hairdressing, South Ayrshire KA7, failed to pay £4,129.40 to 2 workers.
  30. Elite Hair & Beauty (North East) Limited trading as Elite Evolution, County Durham DL14, failed to pay £4,053.20 to 5 workers.
  31. Mr Mukesh Patela and Mrs Bhavna Patel trading as Eaton Lodge Care Home, Thanet CT8, failed to pay £4,026.44 to 5 workers.
  32. King’s Summer Homes Limited, North Norfolk NR27, failed to pay £3,974.94 to 1 worker.
  33. Smiles Montessori Preschool (Bush Fair) Limited, Harlow CM18, failed to pay £3,904.90 to 3 workers.
  34. Miss Tracey Newnian trading as Tracey’s Unisex Salon, Carmarthenshire SA31, failed to pay £3,879.67 to 1 worker.
  35. Field & Rural Life Ltd, Purbeck BH16, failed to pay £3,606.09 to 2 workers.
  36. Knaptoft Hall Farm Limited, Harborough LE17, failed to pay £3,525.97 to 1 worker.
  37. Braehead Foods Limited, East Ayrshire KA2, failed to pay £3,434.39 to 28 workers.
  38. Small Wonders Day Care Nursery (Thatto Heath) Ltd, St. Helens WA10, failed to pay £3,372.65 to 11 workers.
  39. Wych Elm Car Wash Ltd, Harlow CM20, failed to pay £3,293.24 to 5 workers.
  40. Edmondsons (Freightliners) Ltd, Lancaster LA3, failed to pay £3,250.07 to 28 workers.
  41. Codsall H I Ltd trading as South Staffs Windows, Wolverhampton WV1, failed to pay £3,244.72 to 3 workers.
  42. Solarcrown (UK) Ltd (name changed to SCUKL 2016 Limited) trading as Solarking (when Solarcrown (UK) Ltd), St. Helens WA11, failed to pay £3,227.28 to 7 workers.
  43. Hi 5’s Limited, Leeds LS27, failed to pay £3,062.93 to 5 workers.
  44. Prestige Accident Repairs Limited, South Hams TQ9, failed to pay £2,977.90 to 1 worker.
  45. Sharps Media Group Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness LA14, failed to pay £2,946.21 to 2 workers.
  46. The Unstuffy Hotel Co Limited (Previous owner), South Lakeland LA23, failed to pay £2,877.20 to 3 workers.
  47. Roundabout Out of School Care Limited, Stoke-on-Trent ST2, failed to pay £2,676.09 to 1 worker.
  48. Hamilton Reese Limited, Manchester M12, failed to pay £2,648.88 to 7 workers.
  49. Alsigns Commercials Ltd, Wychavon WR12, failed to pay £2,619.35 to 1 worker.
  50. Thai Lounge (Cardiff) Limited trading as Thai Lounge, Cardiff CF14, failed to pay £2,527.27 to 4 workers.
  51. Qassa Limited, Medway ME7, failed to pay £2,506.51 to 2 workers.
  52. Mr Mandeep Singh trading as Poseidon Fish Bar, Leicester LE2, failed to pay £2,479.36 to 3 workers.
  53. Banny’s Limited, Pendle BB8, failed to pay £2,418.48 to 47 workers.
  54. Bluestone Resorts Limited, Pembrokeshire SA67, failed to pay £2,378.98 to 2 workers.
  55. Crown Pianos Limited, Newark and Sherwood NG21, failed to pay £2,328.28 to 1 worker.
  56. Rockliffe Hall Limited trading as Rockliffe Hall, Darlington DL2, failed to pay £2,278.26 to 3 workers.
  57. The Breakfast Junction Limited, Warwick CV35, failed to pay £2,278 to 1 worker.
  58. Ruthin Castle Hotel Ltd, Denbighshire LL15, failed to pay £2,182.49 to 1 worker.
  59. NR Care Ltd, Norwich NR1, failed to pay £2,159.88 to 5 workers.
  60. Mrs Samantha Barber and Mrs Emma Owen trading as Laugh and Learn Day Nursery, Kirklees WF16, failed to pay £2,154.68 to 2 workers.
  61. Sean Hanna Ltd, Merton SW19, failed to pay £2,154.56 to 20 workers.
  62. Mint (Nails & Beauty) Limited, Wakefield WF1, failed to pay £2,064.29 to 15 workers.
  63. Nomi Enterprises Limited, North Ayrshire KA12, failed to pay £2,047.16 to 2 workers.
  64. In-Portofino Ltd trading as Portofino, Fylde FY8, failed to pay £1,976.15 to 6 workers.
  65. Mr Paul Isaac and Mrs Hayley Isaac trading as Refit Design Shopfitters, Neath Port Talbot SA10, failed to pay £1,941.04 to 1 worker.
  66. Mr Gerald Anthony Roche trading as Agents Green, Ealing W3 0, failed to pay £1,924.23 to 1 worker.
  67. Mr William Holleran and Mr Iain Holleran trading as Wm Holleran & Sons, Falkirk FK2, failed to pay £1,908.22 to 2 workers.
  68. Costa Construction Limited, Leicester LE4, failed to pay £1,895.65 to 6 workers.
  69. Mrs Joan Greenan trading as Shape ‘N’ Style, Newry, Mourne and Down BT34, failed to pay £1,886.71 to 2 workers.
  70. Primley Park Children’s Nurseries Limited, Leeds LS17, failed to pay £1,859.58 to 4 workers.
  71. Pires Restaurant Limited trading as The Butchers Arms (Previous owner), Stratford-on-Avon CV47, failed to pay £1,794.16 to 1 worker.
  72. P.C. Coaches of Lincoln Limited, Lincoln LN3, failed to pay £1,773.55 to 1 worker.
  73. Careys Manor Hotel (Brockenhurst) Limited trading as Careys Manor Hotel, New Forest SO42, failed to pay £1,706.13 to 4 workers.
  74. Julie Jane Ltd trading as Boiler Servicing 24/7, Bracknell Forest SL5, failed to pay £1,703.63 to 1 worker.
  75. Mr Joseph McCaughley and Mrs Martina McCaughley trading as Head Office Salon, Newry, Mourne and Down BT24, failed to pay £1,702.30 to 3 workers.
  76. Mr Mark Robinson trading as Soul Hairdressing, Belfast BT5, failed to pay £1,699.67 to 4 workers.
  77. Burlesque Hair Company Limited, Newport NP20, failed to pay £1,672.58 to 3 workers.
  78. L.C.S. Building Services Ltd, Tameside SK15, failed to pay £1,575.71 to 2 workers.
  79. James Hughes Hair Ltd, Glasgow City G4, failed to pay £1,567.94 to 2 workers.
  80. Celtic Community Services Limited, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF72, failed to pay £1,521.44 to 5 workers.
  81. John Oliver (Norwich) Ltd trading as John Olivers, Norwich NR1, failed to pay £1,490.77 to 5 workers.
  82. Katie Stevenson trading as The Kilmarnock Hair Company, East Ayrshire KA1, failed to pay £1,479.03 to 1 worker.
  83. Stephen Rodgers trading as The Kilmarnock Hair Company, East Ayrshire KA1, failed to pay £1,420.68 to 1 worker.
  84. Spread Eagle Hotel (Midhurst) Limited (The), Chichester GU29, failed to pay £1,406.83 to 2 workers.
  85. Mrs Claire Elsie Carter trading as The Hartnoll Hotel, Mid Devon EX16, failed to pay £1402.31 to 1 worker.
  86. Model Me Salons LLP, Sefton PR8, failed to pay £1,367.56 to 7 workers.
  87. Mr Sejdi Laci trading as Laci’s Hand Car Wash, Harlow CM18, failed to pay £1,346 to 3 workers.
  88. Mr Keith Pollock and Mrs Aaltjemary Pollock trading as Mosko Hairdressing (Previous owner), North Lanarkshire ML2, failed to pay £1,335.63 to 8 workers.
  89. Mr Gary Graham trading as Seaburn Plasterers, South Tyneside SR6, failed to pay £1,314.40 to 1 worker.
  90. Ambrozja Ltd, Bradford BD1, failed to pay £1,303.71 to 2 workers.
  91. Emma R (UK) Ltd trading as Beauty by Emma, North Somerset BS23, failed to pay £1,276.35 to 1 worker.
  92. Mr Derek Mitchelson and Mrs Jacqueline Mitchelson trading as Hair Oassis, North Lanarkshire G67, failed to pay £1,216.93 to 1 worker.
  93. SS Pubco Ltd trading as The Freemason’s Arms, Ribble Valley BB7, failed to pay £1,166.85 to 2 workers.
  94. M Camilleri & Sons Roofing Limited, Vale of Glamorgan CF64, failed to pay £1,150.68 to 11 workers.
  95. M & M Garages Ltd, Middlesbrough TS2, failed to pay £1,141.89 to 1 worker.
  96. Core Accounts Limited, St Albans AL3, failed to pay £1,117 to 2 workers.
  97. Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf Club Limited (Previous owner) trading as Woodbury Park, East Devon EX5, failed to pay £1,109.71 to 2 workers.
  98. Drift Bridge Garage Limited, Reigate and Banstead KT17, failed to pay £1,089 to 1 worker.
  99. Mr John Dickson trading as Darling’s Hair Salon, Antrim and Newtownabbey BT37, failed to pay £1,051.96 to 1 worker.
  100. Diamond Valeting Centre & Car Wash Ltd, Renfrewshire PA1, failed to pay £1,045.20 to 2 workers.
  101. Mr Abid Akram, Mr Mohammad Kamran Akram, Mrs Zarqa Haq, Mrs Kiran Kamran & Mr Khalid Mehmood trading as Raja Brothers, Oldham OL1, failed to pay £1,037.01 to 2 workers.
  102. Tudor Manor Day Nursery Limited, Northampton NN5, failed to pay £1,029.30 to 1 worker.
  103. Fresh Lifestyle Limited, Lewisham SE3, failed to pay £1,019.61 to 2 workers.
  104. Helping Hands Cleaning (Lancashire) Limited, South Ribble BB2, failed to pay £1,014.08 to 1 worker.
  105. Cashnext Limited trading as The Krazy House, Liverpool L1 4, failed to pay £1,012.29 to 2 workers.
  106. Firlawn Nursing Home Limited, Wiltshire BA14, failed to pay £1,010.08 to 3 workers.
  107. Miss Helen Lee trading as His & Hers Hair Salon, Redditch B97, failed to pay £1,008.60 to 2 workers.
  108. Burns Hair Fashions Limited trading as BHF Hairdressing Group, Elmbridge KT13, failed to pay £994 to 1 worker.
  109. Bovey Castle Hotel Limited, Teignbridge TQ13, failed to pay £961.15 to 26 workers.
  110. Mrs Leigh Glendinning and Miss Sasha Glendinning trading as Quaint & Quirky Tea Rooms, Stockton-on-Tees TS18, failed to pay £946.90 to 1 worker.
  111. Christopher Bartholomew Till trading as Hub Hairdressing, Brentwood CM14, failed to pay £916.69 to 1 worker.
  112. Joseph Furniture Ltd, Kirklees HD2, failed to pay £908 to 1 worker.
  113. UK Advanced Medical Ltd, Kirklees WF13, failed to pay £896.39 to 1 worker.
  114. Hampton Dean Construction Limited, Cheshire East CW12, failed to pay £893.04 to 1 worker.
  115. Les Enfants Private Day Nurseries Ltd, Kirklees HD5, failed to pay £874.78 to 5 workers.
  116. Adeiladwyr Eryri Builders CYF, Gwynedd LL52, failed to pay £864 to 1 worker.
  117. CKML Limited, Northumberland NE24, failed to pay £851.46 to 2 workers.
  118. Jazan Ltd, South Gloucestershire BS15, failed to pay £812.92 to 1 worker.
  119. Penrhyn Inns Limited trading as The White Hart, Oldham OL4, failed to pay £807.70 to 1 worker.
  120. Sweet Peas Day Care & Teaching Nurseries Limited, Leeds LS25, failed to pay £803.98 to 10 workers.
  121. Mr Bharat Savjani and Mr Vikesh Savjani trading as Sussex Service Station, Birmingham B12, failed to pay £803.78 to 1 worker.
  122. Alaxia Limited trading as Caterina 55, City of London EC2Y, failed to pay £800.65 to 1 worker.
  123. Donnelly Bros. (Belfast) Limited, Antrim and Newtownabbey BT36, failed to pay £771.34 to 4 workers.
  124. CDE Global Limited, Mid Ulster BT80, failed to pay £768.91 to 1 worker.
  125. Stylewise (UK) Limited, Manchester M12, failed to pay £768.68 to 1 worker.
  126. Polebank Care Home Ltd, Tameside SK14, failed to pay £744.65 to 7 workers.
  127. Sessions Spa Ltd, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17, failed to pay £739.50 to 6 workers.
  128. Mr Dylan Rhys Roberts trading as D R Roberts Plumbing & Heating, Denbighshire LL15, failed to pay £735.58 to 1 worker.
  129. Cookies and Cream Essex Ltd, Redbridge IG6, failed to pay £733.03 to 3 workers.
  130. Snip-Its Limited, North East Lincolnshire DN35, failed to pay £732.35 to 1 worker.
  131. New Images (GB) Limited, North Warwickshire CV9, failed to pay £724.97 to 4 workers.
  132. K E Express Limited, South Derbyshire DE11, failed to pay £669.12 to 2 workers.
  133. L & K Group PLC, South Lakeland LA7, failed to pay £667.95 to 1 worker.
  134. Excel Hair Studio (2010) Ltd, Wigan WN5, failed to pay £667.17 to 3 workers.
  135. The Nose Ltd trading as Pointing Dog, Sheffield S17, failed to pay £647.75 to 1 worker.
  136. Mrs Colette Giles trading as Enhance Beauty Clinic, Sutton SM5, failed to pay £646.45 to 1 worker.
  137. Kingston City Properties Limited, Cardiff CF24, failed to pay £626.01 to 1 worker.
  138. Stratford Upon Avon (T) Hairdressing Limited, Stratford-on-Avon CV37, failed to pay £614.12 to 1 worker.
  139. Chiltern Hills London Limited, Westminster W1K, failed to pay £611 to 1 worker.
  140. Mrs Stacey Wynn trading as Julian Smith Hair and Beauty Salon, Wakefield WF8, failed to pay £604.19 to 2 workers.
  141. Roadside Motors (Lurgan) Limited, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon BT66, failed to pay £601.41 to 1 worker.
  142. Big Tree Joinery Ltd, Lisburn and Castlereagh BT27, failed to pay £581.25 to 2 workers.
  143. Chinite Resourcing Limited, Barking and Dagenham RM10, failed to pay £569.84 to 1 worker.
  144. The Burrows Day Care Nursery (Porthcawl) Limited, Bridgend CF36, failed to pay £550.30 to 4 workers.
  145. TLC Hair and Beauty Limited, Bury BL8, failed to pay £533.51 to 2 workers.
  146. Belfast Activity Centre, Belfast BT9, failed to pay £531.68 to 1 worker.
  147. Automatic Process Limited trading as Safe ‘n’ Sound Nursery & Kindergarten, Wakefield WF7, failed to pay £522.54 to 2 workers.
  148. Mr Mark Bailey and Mr David Nicholson trading as Bailey Nicholson Grayson Solicitors, Redbridge IG8, failed to pay £491.61 to 1 worker.
  149. Focus Care Link Limited, Camden NW1, failed to pay £490.09 to 1 worker.
  150. Skills Direct Ltd, Wiltshire BA14, failed to pay £489.91 to 2 workers.
  151. Gifted Hairdressing Ltd, Newry, Mourne and Down BT35, failed to pay £482.37 to 1 worker.
  152. Amber Doran trading as Lipstick, Powder and Polish, Liverpool L25, failed to pay £477.66 to 1 worker.
  153. Harvey Luke Limited, Derby DE21, failed to pay £473.69 to 3 workers.
  154. Savi Hairdressing Limited, Peterborough PE2, failed to pay £473.49 to 1 worker.
  155. Umberto Giannini Hair Cosmetics Limited, Birmingham B18, failed to pay £469.92 to 5 workers.
  156. Mr Anton Johnson and Mrs Lesley Hudson-Nunn trading as Johnsons Hairdressing, Warrington WA1, failed to pay £460.93 to 4 workers.
  157. Mr Jorge Ramos trading as JR’s Pet Shop, Wirral CH46, failed to pay £458.84 to 1 worker.
  158. Nationwide Solution Limited trading as Nationwide Solutions, Bolton BL1, failed to pay £454.33 to 1 worker.
  159. United Links Community Innitiative Limited, Birmingham B33, failed to pay £452.25 to 1 worker.
  160. Playmates Private Day Nursery Limited, Hartlepool TS26, failed to pay £450.67 to 4 workers.
  161. Whistlestop Café (North Wales) Ltd trading as Whistlestop Café, Denbighshire LL18, failed to pay £433.68 to 1 worker.
  162. One Small Step Day Nursery Linited, Wakefield WF4, failed to pay £426.29 to 4 workers.
  163. Cozy Pubs Limited trading as The Eight Bells, Uttlesford CB10, failed to pay £425.26 to 1 worker.
  164. P. Griffiths Foods Limited trading as McDonald’s, Wirral CH62, failed to pay £420.16 to 41 workers.
  165. South Hetton Garage Ltd, County Durham DH6, failed to pay £417.99 to 1 worker.
  166. Mrs Monica A M Faria trading as West One Hair & Beauty, Swindon SN1, failed to pay £413.68 to 1 worker.
  167. The Wendy House (Wirral) Ltd, Wirral CH44, failed to pay £404.38 to 1 worker.
  168. Silverdale Care Services Limited, West Berkshire RG14, failed to pay £398.76 to 1 worker.
  169. Mr Christopher Whyte and Mrs Felicity Whyte trading as Beechfield House Hotel, Wiltshire SN12, failed to pay £397.17 to 10 workers.
  170. JMW Farms Ltd, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon BT60, failed to pay £392.98 to 1 worker.
  171. Quality Save Limited, Salford M27, failed to pay £391.10 to 1 worker.
  172. Leslie Frances (Hair Fashions) Limited, Barnsley S70, failed to pay £387.39 to 7 workers.
  173. The Wild Swan Limited, Swansea SA1, failed to pay £380.71 to 4 workers.
  174. Mr Talal Al-Arab and Mr Hani Hussain trading as Bella Pizza, Gwynedd LL55, failed to pay £377.25 to 1 worker.
  175. David Harvey Limited, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1, failed to pay £351.12 to 1 worker.
  176. Kingsthorpe Upper Crust Catering Services Limited, Northampton NN1, failed to pay £347.21 to 3 workers.
  177. Environmental Business Products Limited, Ealing NW10, failed to pay £346.79 to 1 worker.
  178. HG Marantos Ltd trading as Maranto’s Pizza & Grill House, Sheffield S12, failed to pay £345.60 to 1 worker.
  179. Selena Pang Limited trading as The Curious Comb, Greenwich SE10, failed to pay £343.22 to 1 worker.
  180. Mrs Sylvia Moffat trading as Sam’s Hairdressing, Midlothian EH22, failed to pay £343 to 1 worker.
  181. AL. Murad D.I.Y. Limited trading as Al-Murad Tiles, Leeds LS27, failed to pay £338.91 to 1 worker.
  182. Unicorn Trading & Services Ltd trading as View, Plymouth PL1, failed to pay £318.82 to 1 worker.
  183. Ms Kelly Miller trading as Kiddyclub, Cheshire East SK9, failed to pay £317.93 to 4 workers.
  184. Scallywags Child’s Play Limited, Hartlepool TS25, failed to pay £315.12 to 2 workers.
  185. William Armour and Matthew Armour W & J Armour trading as Milton Farm, Dumfries and Galloway DG10, failed to pay £308.57 to 1 worker.
  186. Sizzler Touch Limited trading as Pepe’s Piri Piri, Hounslow TW3, failed to pay £306 to 1 worker.
  187. Siam House Limited, Cherwell OX16, failed to pay £302.69 to 2 workers.
  188. Mr Euan Morrison trading as The Harbour Barbers, Inverclyde PA15, failed to pay £300 to 1 worker.
  189. Chester Clock Tailors Limited, Cheshire West and Chester CH1, failed to pay £294.45 to 1 worker.
  190. Mr Adrian Simpson trading as Mayfields, Nottingham NG8, failed to pay £283.45 to 1 worker.
  191. Craymere Limited trading as Topknot, Nottingham NG2, failed to pay £280.41 to 1 worker.
  192. Bela Luna Ltd, Slough SL2, failed to pay £279.68 to 3 workers.
  193. Royton Cash 4 Rags Limited, Oldham OL2, failed to pay £278.34 to 1 worker.
  194. Jayasuriya Ltd trading as Medway Park Veterinary Centre, Medway ME7, failed to pay £268.57 to 1 worker.
  195. Il Forno Limited, Liverpool L1, failed to pay £261.83 to 1 worker.
  196. Yorkshire Grown Produce Limited, East Riding of Yorkshire HU15, failed to pay £257.64 to 2 workers.
  197. Ms Mandy James trading as Prince of Wales Treorchy, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF42, failed to pay £254.34 to 1 worker.
  198. Pomfret Woodland Community Nursery CIC, Wakefield WF8, failed to pay £253.68 to 1 worker.
  199. The Fish Shop EN Limited trading as Fish Dish, Suffolk Coastal IP11, failed to pay £249.98 to 1 worker.
  200. Mr Clive Hubert Francis trading as Wavelength, Rushmoor GU14, failed to pay £245.91 to 3 workers.
  201. Omni Facilities Management Limited, Hammersmith and Fulham W6, failed to pay £242.34 to 1 worker.
  202. Breckland Care at Home Community Interest Company, Breckland NR20, failed to pay £240.60 to 1 worker.
  203. Urban Development Projects Ltd, Leeds LS9, failed to pay £237.64 to 2 workers.
  204. Haircut 100 Limited trading as Hot Heads, Eastleigh SO53, failed to pay £237.64 to 1 worker.
  205. Ms Sally Prescott trading as Milcot Stables, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17, failed to pay £233.35 to 1 worker.
  206. Lawyer Finder National Limited, Ealing W5 3, failed to pay £217.75 to 1 worker.
  207. The Krop Shop Limited, Falkirk FK4, failed to pay £208.68 to 2 workers.
  208. Mamas Masala Limited trading as Mamas Masala Kitchen, Derby DE21, failed to pay £207.91 to 4 workers.
  209. Peterborough Heating Solutions Ltd, Fenland PE7, failed to pay £205.70to 1 worker.
  210. Mr George Thomas Fuller and Mrs Heather Fuller trading as Fullers Bakery, East Riding of Yorkshire DN14, failed to pay £196.61 to 10 workers.
  211. Mrs Jane Wood trading as Addition Childcare, Wiltshire SN5, failed to pay £190.15 to 1 worker.
  212. Myriam Rogerson trading as Beauty Plus By Myriam, South Gloucestershire BS36, failed to pay £180 to 1 worker.
  213. Amber U.P.V.C. Fabrications Limited, North Warwickshire B46, failed to pay £176.23 to 1 worker.
  214. Yorkcloud Limited trading as Lakeside Hotel & Spa, South Lakeland LA12, failed to pay £171 to 5 workers.
  215. S.S.C Marketing Limited trading as Capital Events Marketing, Islington N1, failed to pay £170.80 to 1 worker.
  216. J W Rose (Bakers) Limited trading as Roses The Bakers, Sheffield S4, failed to pay £167.32 to 2 workers.
  217. Ms Susan Pamela Holton and Mr Neil Barry Tucker trading as Welcome Home Domiciliary, Swale ME12, failed to pay £167.10 to 1 worker.
  218. Mr Glenn Dobson and Mrs Debra Dobson trading as The Beach, Leeds LS26, failed to pay £157.89 to 4 workers.
  219. Trevor Sorbie Brighton Limited, Brighton and Hove BN1, failed to pay £156.16 to 3 workers.
  220. The Cutting Room (Scotland) Limited trading as The Cutting Room, Perth and Kinross PH2, failed to pay £148.49 to 2 workers.
  221. Premium Halal Meat Poultry Limited, Birmingham B5, failed to pay £140 to 1 worker.
  222. Washbrook Farm Limited, South Northamptonshire NN11, failed to pay £135.65 to 1 worker.
  223. Savile Town Muslim Parents Association trading as Madni Muslim Girls School, Kirklees WF12, failed to pay £134 to 1 worker.
  224. Contract Joinery (Lancashire) Ltd, Wyre FY6, failed to pay £132.02 to 1 worker.
  225. Viva Corporate Catering Limited, Birmingham B1, failed to pay £127.91 to 3 workers.
  226. Mrs Zahra Lavasani trading as Piccolo Pizza, Hambleton YO7, failed to pay £123.40 to 1 worker.
  227. Nightingales Golden Care Limited, Portsmouth PO6, failed to pay £111.98 to 1 worker.
  228. Hugo 1940 Limited trading as Victor Hugo Delicatessen (Previous owner), City of Edinburgh EH9, failed to pay £109.46 to 1 worker.
  229. Beechvale Nursing Home Limited, Ards and North Down BT23, failed to pay £108.70 to 3 workers.
  230. Mrs Melanie Humphries trading as IMIJ Hair & Beauty Salon, Mansfield NG18, failed to pay £108 to 2 workers.
  231. UK Safety Management Ltd, Leeds LS15, failed to pay £104.40 to 1 worker.
  232. Millennium Hotels (West London) Management Limited, Hammersmith and Fulham SW10, failed to pay £102.94 to 1 worker.
  233. Mr Dilwar Singh trading as Golden Fry, County Durham DH9, failed to pay £101.35 to 1 worker.

Employers named for NMW underpayment

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There are currently around 2,000 open cases which HMRC is investigating. Eligible employers will be named and shamed after their cases have been closed.

The government has committed £25.3 million for minimum wage enforcement in 2017 to 2018, as well as a £1.7 million awareness campaign earlier this year.

David Metcalf, Director of Labour Market Enforcement, released his introductory report in July 2017, stating that he would be working with enforcement agencies to further crackdown on rogue employers.

Notes to editors

  1. This is the 12th round of government naming and shaming for employers who have failed to pay national minimum wage and living wage rates.
  2. Employers have a duty to be aware of and comply with the different legal national minimum and living wage rates. If workers are concerned that they are not being paid the correct rates or if employers need more information about the legal requirements then they can seek advice from Acas.
  3. Any complaints that are raised with Acas, where they believe there is a NMW underpayment, will be referred to HMRC who will investigate.
  4. HMRC follows up on every complaint received from Acas.
  5. Around 2,000 cases are currently being worked on by HMRC and eligible employers will be named and shamed after their cases have been closed.
  6. Sectors that featured prominently in this naming and shaming round were:
    • Hairdressing and other beauty treatment: around 60 employers, around £121,000 arrears for around 200 workers
    • Hospitality: around 50 employers, around £77,000 arrears for around 220 workers
    • Retail trade: around 20 employers, £1.5m arrears for around 12,200 workers
  7. The current minimum wage rates are:
    • National Living Wage (25 years and over) - £7.50 per hour
    • adult rate of National Minimum Wage (21 to 24-year-olds) - £7.05 per hour
    • 18 to 20-year olds - £5.60 per hour
    • 16 to 17-year-olds - £4.05 per hour
    • apprentice rate - £3.50 per hour for apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in the first year of an apprenticeship.
  8. The government is committed to ensuring all employers are compliant with minimum wage legislation and the effective enforcement of it:
    • the government will spend £25.3 million on minimum wage enforcement in 2017 to 2018, up from £20 million in 2016 to 2017
    • in November last year, labour market enforcement undertakings and orders came into force under the Immigration Act which can ultimately lead to criminal prosecutions and prison sentences of up to 2 years for employers who mistreat their workers, including national minimum wage violations
    • Director of Labour Market Enforcement Sir David Metcalf publish his introductory report in July 2017, setting out the areas he will be focusing on in the coming months, including ensuring enforcement agencies are ready to use the new undertakings and orders to jail rogue employers
  9. The revised BEIS scheme to name employers who break minimum wage law came into effect on 1 October 2013. The scheme is one of a range of tools at the government’s disposal to tackle this issue. Employers who pay workers less than the minimum wage not only have to pay back arrears of wages to the worker at current minimum wage rates but also face financial penalties of up to 200% of arrears, capped at £20,000 per worker. In the most serious cases employers can be prosecuted.

  10. From 1 October 2013, the government revised the naming scheme to make it simpler to name and shame employers who break the law;

  11. Under this scheme the government will name all employers who have been issued with a Notice of Underpayment (NoU) unless employers meet one of the exceptional criteria or have arrears of £100 or less. All 233 cases named today (16 August 2017) failed to pay the correct national minimum or living wage rates and owed arrears of more than £100.

  12. Employers have 28 days to appeal against the NoU (this notice sets out the owed wages to be paid by the employer together with the penalty for not complying with minimum wage law). If the employer does not appeal or unsuccessfully appeals against this NoU, BEIS will consider them for naming. The employer then has 14 days to make representations to BEIS outlining whether they meet any of the exceptional criteria;
    • naming by BEIS carries a risk of personal harm to an individual or their family
    • there are national security risks associated with naming in this instance
    • other factors which suggest that it would not be in the public interest to name the employer
  13. If BEIS does not receive any representations or the representations received are unsuccessful, the employer will be named via a BEIS press release under this scheme.

Press release: Government launches proposals to better protect holidaymakers

Enhanced regulations will better protect an extra 10 million UK package holidays booked online, under proposals outlined today (14 August 2017) by Consumer Minister Margot James.

The Consultation on the Package Travel Regulations sets out the government’s proposals for the introduction of new consumer rights around package holidays.

Proposals outlined today include:

  • an extension to current protections to cover the millions of UK holidaymakers who buy package holidays online
  • a requirement for better information to be provided to travellers at the point of booking, making it clear what their rights to refund are
  • ensuring the business that puts the package together is responsible for the entire holiday – even if some elements will be fulfilled by third parties

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), changes to how we book travel – such as using online booking sites to build personalised holidays – has created a gap in consumer rights, with 50% of holiday arrangements not currently financially protected if a company ceases trading. Changes will provide clearer and stronger protections for holidaymakers, ensuring people who book holidays online enjoy the same rights as those who book with a traditional travel agent.

Consumer Minister Margot James said:

While consumer laws protect millions of holidaymakers from the fallout if a travel company goes into administration, the way we book holidays has changed significantly in recent years and it is important that regulations are updated to reflect this.

On average UK households put aside £100 every month for their holidays. The proposals outlined in this consultation will ensure that an extra 22% of holidays can be booked online with holidaymakers safe in the knowledge that they will get their hard-earned money back if something does go wrong.

Government is encouraging travel agents, booking sites, trade associations and consumer groups to respond to the consultation, which runs for 6 weeks. The European Package Travel Directive comes into force in July 2018.

Press release: Government crackdown on misuse of laser pointers

The government is today (12 August 2017) launching a call for evidence into the regulation of laser pointers, including the potential value of retail licensing schemes, advertising restrictions, and potential restrictions on ownership in order to address serious public safety concerns.

The move comes in response to an increase in laser incidents in recent years. A survey of UK ophthalmologists reported over 150 incidents of eye injuries involving laser pointers since 2013, the vast majority of these involving children.

In addition, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has reported an increase in incidents of laser pointers being directed into the cockpits of helicopters and planes on take-off and landing. Last year an Air Ambulance helicopter pilot was rendered temporarily blind by a laser attack that could have had catastrophic consequences.

The government is seeking responses from business groups, aviation and transport bodies, retailers, health bodies, and the general public, to identify and tackle the problem, while enabling legitimate businesses to continue to trade.

The government will consider the potential advantages and disadvantages of licensing schemes, advertising bans, and an awareness raising campaign to educate people about the dangers of laser pointers. The government is already working with online retail sites such as Amazon to ensure that where unsafe laser pointers are identified they are removed from sale.

Under current regulations, only laser pointers that are considered safe for their intended use should be sold to consumers. However, there is evidence that these regulations are not always adhered to, and there have been reported cases of high-powered lasers being sold – sometimes unwittingly – for general use. Licensing schemes exist in countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. The government will look at the case for a similar scheme that could be rolled out in the UK where the retailer or consumer must apply for and obtain a licence for a high-powered laser pointer.

Business Minister, Margot James, said:

Public safety is of the utmost importance and we must look carefully to make sure regulations are keeping up with the increased use of these devices. Whilst we know most users don’t intend any harm, many are not aware of the safety risks and serious health implications of shining laser pointers directly into people’s eyes. Used irresponsibly or maliciously, these products can and do wreak havoc and harm others, with potentially catastrophic consequences.

That’s why we want to hear from business groups, retailers and consumers about the best way to protect the public from this kind of dangerous behaviour and improve safety.

Professor John O’Hagan of Public Health England, said:

This consultation will allow us to explore what more can be done to minimise the risks associated with lasers available to the public. Mislabelling of products, counterfeit products, imports of powerful devices from the Far East and cheap novelty products bought innocently on holiday can put consumers, and particularly children, at risk of eye injuries.

Brian Strutton, General Secretary of the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), said:

When a laser is shone into a pilot’s eye, they experience a bright flash and a dazzling effect. This can distract them and leads to temporary loss of vision in the affected eye. Startling, dazzling and distracting a pilot at a critical stage of flight has the potential to cause a crash and loss of life. This is especially a problem for helicopters, which operate close to the ground and are sometimes single pilot operations.

There is also a growing concern that, as the power of available lasers increases, the possibility of permanent damage being caused to pilots’ and passengers’ eyes increases.

We would like to see the laser threat taken very seriously before there is a fatal accident and BALPA therefore supports the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in their call for evidence.

The call for evidence is launched today and will be open for responses for 8 weeks, closing on Friday 6 October.

Notes to editors

Under Article 225 of the Air Navigation Order (ANO) (2016), “A person must not in the United Kingdom direct or shine any light at any aircraft in flight so as to dazzle or distract the pilot of the aircraft”. This is a summary only offence; the maximum penalty for this offence is a fine up to £2,500.

In addition, Article 240 of the ANO has been used to prosecute offenders who have shone a laser at an aircraft. Under this provision, “a person must not recklessly or negligently act in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft, or any person in an aircraft”. This legislation is not an effective tool for the police because in practice, it is very difficult to prove endangerment of an aircraft. This means the powers and penalties this offences comes with are not able to be used.

Laser beam attacks against the rail network are also an increasing concern. Records from British Transport Police show that between 1 April 2011 and 31 October 2016, a total of 466 laser incidents were recorded. This equates to approximately 85 incidents per year. We believe these incidents are under-reported since these offences are not currently recordable as a crime.

There are also some reports of laser beam attacks against motor vehicles and sea vessels however, as with rail, the true extent of the problem is less well defined in the absence of a specific offence to deal with laser pointers.

Laser pointers are readily available within the UK and from sellers overseas via the internet, high street shops and markets. They are also easy to buy abroad and bring back to the UK. If high-powered laser pointers are marketed for general use Local Authority Trading Standards officers have existing powers to require these products to be removed from the market.

Press release: Independent review to ensure energy is affordable for households and businesses

An independent review into the cost of energy led by Professor Dieter Helm CBE will recommend ways to keep energy prices as low as possible as part of the Industrial Strategy, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark announced today.

Professor Dieter Helm, one of Britain’s leading energy experts, will look specifically at how the energy industry, government and regulators can keep the cost of electricity as low as possible, while ensuring the UK meets its domestic and international climate targets.

This ambitious review builds on the commitment made in the Industrial Strategy green paper and will consider the whole electricity supply chain – generation, transmission, distribution and supply. It will look for opportunities to reduce costs in each element and consider the implications of the changing demand for electricity, including the role of innovative technologies such as electric vehicles, storage, robotics and artificial intelligence.

The ambition is for the UK to have the lowest energy costs in Europe, for both households and businesses.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said:

All homes and businesses rely on an affordable and secure energy supply and the government is upgrading our energy system to make it fit for the future. We want to ensure we continue to find the opportunities to keep energy costs as low as possible, while meeting our climate change targets, as part of the Industrial Strategy.

The review will consider how we can take advantage of changes to our power system and new technologies to ensure clean, secure and affordable supplies over the coming decades. Professor Helm will bring invaluable expertise to the review, and I look forward to seeing his recommendations.

Professor Helm is one of Britain’s leading energy experts, a Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Oxford and a Fellow in Economics at New College Oxford, and a former member of the Council of Science and Technology, advising the UK Prime Minister from 2004 to 2007.

Professor Dieter Helm CBE said:

I am delighted to take on this Review. The cost of energy always matters to households and companies, and especially now in these exceptional times, with huge investment requirements to meet the decarbonisation and security challenges ahead over the next decade and beyond. Digitalisation, electric transport and smart and decentralised systems offer great opportunities. It is imperative to do all this efficiently, to minimise the burdens. Making people and companies pay excessively for policy and market inefficiencies risks undermining the objectives themselves.

My review will be independent and sort out the facts from the myths about the cost of energy, and make recommendations about how to more effectively achieve the overall objectives.

The government is already taking action, and has asked the regulator to come forward with proposals to extend the price protection currently in place for some vulnerable energy consumers to more people on the poorest value tariffs. This builds on action taken to cap the price for 4 million pre-payment meter customers which came into force on 1 April 2017.

There are also a number of schemes in place to reduce energy bills by improving energy efficiency, such as the Energy Company Obligation which will upgrade 200,000 homes each year and help tackle fuel poverty. For business, the package of relief for energy intensive industries was worth £260 million last year and there are financial incentives to switch to cleaner fuels and processes.

This review will consider the electricity system as a whole and make recommendations on how to deliver affordable energy over the coming decades. It follows the plan set out in July by government and Ofgem for a smarter energy system and the commitment to ensure Britain’s energy costs are as low as possible.

An advisory panel will support the reviewer by providing expert insights in a personal capacity:

  • Terry Scuoler CBE, Chief Executive of EEF, the Manufacturers’ Organisation
  • Nick Winser CBE, Chairman of the Energy Systems Catapult
  • Laura Sandys, Chief Executive of Challenging Ideas
  • Isobel Sheldon, Engineering & Technology Director of Johnson Matthey Battery Systems
  • Richard Nourse, Managing Partner of Greencoat Capital LLP

Notes to editors:

  1. The commitment to review the cost of energy was set out on page 94 of the Industrial Strategy Green Paper

  2. Ofgem figures show the main costs of supplying a typical domestic customer are 4% lower than at January 2015.

  3. The Terms of Reference of the Review are set out below:

    • The government has the ambition for the UK to have the lowest energy costs in Europe, for both households and businesses.

    • The UK was the first country in the world to set a long-term, legally binding target for emission reduction. The Climate Change Act commits the UK to reduce emissions by at least 80% by 2050, and sets a framework for the setting of rolling five-year carbon budgets. Parliament has recently approved the 5th carbon budget, for the period 2028-2032, at a 57% reduction on 1990 levels.

    • The carbon targets need to be met, whilst concurrently ensuring security of supplies of energy, in the most cost-effective way. The rapid closure of coal, the aging of the existing nuclear fleet, the intermittency of some renewables, the scope for demand management and new storage, the coming of electric vehicles and the timing of future nuclear capacity coming on stream will be taken into account in considering how best to meet the overall objective of system security of supply.

    • The specific aim of this review is to report and make recommendations on how these objectives can be met in the power sector at minimum cost and without imposing further costs on the exchequer. In that context the review will consider the implications of the changing demand for power, including from industry, heat and transport.

    • The review will report on the full supply chain of electricity generation, transmission, distribution and supply, and consider the opportunities to reduce costs in each part, taking into account the roll-out of smart meters and the work already underway to underpin the transition to a smarter energy system.

    • The review will set out options for a long term road map for the power sector, and consider how technological change in the wider economy, as well as in the energy sector, may transform the power sector, and how energy policy can best facilitate and encourage such developments, consistent with the overall objectives of decarbonisation and security of supply, and with its industrial strategy.

    • The review will consider the options for enhancing and extending the scope for auctions and other competitive mechanisms, and for reducing the complexity across the full supply chain of electricity generation.

    • The review will consider the key factors affecting energy bills, including but not limited to energy and carbon pricing, energy efficiency, distributed generation, regulation of the networks, and innovation and R&D. The review will not propose detailed tax changes.

    • The review will focus on system issues and will not comment on the status of individual projects.

    • The review will provide recommendations as to how best minimise the costs of energy consistent with the overarching objectives, taking account of the costs and benefits of the recommendations. It will set out options for developing and enhancing energy policy. Where the issues the review covers fall to other players, for example Ofgem, it will make recommendations about how government can best work with them to reduce costs.

    • The review will report at the end of October 2017.

  4. Professor Dieter Helm - declaration of interest (PDF, 10KB, 1 page) .

Press release: Government announces additional support for social care providers

The government today (26 July 2017) announced it has temporarily suspended enforcement activity and is waiving historic financial penalties against employers concerning sleep-in shift pay in the social care sector.

Ministers have worked closely with the sector in response to concerns over the combined impact which financial penalties and arrears of wages could have on the stability and long-term viability of providers.

The exceptional measures announced today are intended to minimise disruption to the sector by recognising these unique pressures, and ensuring that workers receive wages they are owed.

Social care providers play a vital role in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our society and workers in that sector should be paid fairly for the important work they do. The government remains equally committed to making sure workers in this sector receive the minimum wage they are legally entitled to, including historic arrears.

The long-term stability and success of the social care sector is a priority and the government has already allocated an extra £2 billion of funding to the sector, including an extra £1 billion this year.

The government will continue to look at this issue extremely carefully alongside industry representatives to see whether any further support is needed and ensure that action taken to protect workers is fair and proportionate, while seeing how it might be possible to minimise any impact on social care provision.

The government today announced it will:

  • waive historic financial penalties owed by employers who have underpaid their workers for overnight sleep-in shifts before 26 July 2017
  • temporarily suspend HMRC enforcement activity concerning payment of sleep-in shifts by social care providers until 2 October 2017

Government reaffirmed its expectation that all employers pay their workers according to the law, including for sleep-in shifts, as set out in guidance entitled ‘Calculating the National Minimum Wage’.

Press release: Director of Labour Market Enforcement warns rogue bosses of plans to use powers to jail worst offenders

Director of Labour Market Enforcement Sir David Metcalf today (25 July) warned rogue employers he would be consulting on how to make full use of powers to jail the worst offenders.

Sir David Metcalf was appointed in January 2017 to oversee a government crackdown on exploitation in the workplace by setting the strategic priorities for the government’s 3 enforcement agencies:

  • HMRC’s National Minimum Wage (NMW) enforcement team
  • the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA)
  • the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (EAS)

Publishing his introductory report, Sir David said he would work with the government’s enforcement bodies to:

  • better tackle illegal practices by implementing labour market enforcement undertakings and orders, which came into force in November 2016 and carry a maximum 2-year prison sentence for serious or repeat offences
  • identify how best to ensure large employers’ supply chains do not breach labour market laws, particularly in the fashion, construction and cleaning sectors
  • review the effectiveness of current labour market enforcement efforts

Over the coming months Sir David will consult business and worker representatives, industry bodies and enforcement action groups ahead of publishing his first full labour market enforcement strategy later this year.

New enforcement statistics also released today revealed the government identified record back pay for workers, with almost £11 million for 98,000 workers in 2016 to 2017.

Sir David said:

Tackling labour market abuses is an important priority for the government and I am encouraged it has committed record funds to cracking down on exploitation.

Over the coming months I will be working with government enforcement agencies and industry bodies to better identify and punish the most serious and repeat offenders taking advantage of vulnerable workers and honest businesses.

The report is published alongside this year’s National Minimum and Living Wage enforcement statistics. The figures show in 2016 to 2017 HMRC’s enforcement teams identified a record £10.9 million in back pay for 98,150 of the UK’s lowest paid workers – a 69% increase on those helped last year.

Businesses who failed to pay workers at least the legal minimum wage were also fined £3.9 million, with employers in hospitality and retail sectors among the most prolific offenders.

Business Minister Margot James said:

This government is firmly on the side of hard-working people and we are determined to stamp out any workplace exploitation, from minimum wage abuses to modern slavery.

While the majority of employers create a fair and safe environment for their workers, there are a small minority of rogue employers who break the law and we will use all enforcement measures at our disposal to crack down on labour market abuses.

Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Sarah Newton said:

I welcome the director’s introductory report which recognises the importance of a collaborative approach across enforcement agencies.

I am pleased that we have extended the reach and budget of the GLAA as it will enable them to do even more, using new powers to search premises, seize evidence, and arrest those who mistreat workers.

The new powers are working, multiple arrests have already been made, including for modern slavery offences, and I am confident that GLAA officers will continue to disrupt the unscrupulous criminals who exploit the most vulnerable.

The report comes after Matthew Taylor published his independent review into modern employment practices to achieve “good quality work for all”. The government will study this review carefully over the summer and respond in detail later in the year.

Sir David will start consulting with stakeholders ahead of publishing his first full strategy later this year. To contribute please email

Press release: Plan launched to bring smart energy technology into homes and businesses

A plan to give homes and businesses more control over their energy use and support innovative new technologies, as part of the Industrial Strategy, was set out by Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark today (24 July 2017).

The innovative plan will transform how homes and businesses store and use energy. It will deliver a smarter, more flexible energy system by removing barriers to smart and battery technology, reducing costs for consumers. The report, ‘Upgrading our energy system’ describes how the UK energy system is changing and how it can ensure economic benefits for businesses and households. Over a quarter of the UK’s electricity is being generated through renewables such as wind and solar, much of it located close to homes and businesses. New technologies that help store and manage energy are emerging and the costs are falling.

These changes provide an opportunity to create new businesses and jobs in the UK. At the same time new smart technologies like smart meters – and appliances you can control from your mobile phone – along with other improvements to manage the energy system will help the country save up to £40 billion on energy costs over decades to come.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said:

Upgrading our energy system to make sure it is fit for the future is a key part of our Industrial Strategy. A smarter energy system will create opportunities to reduce energy costs, increase productivity and put UK businesses in a leading position to export smart energy technology and services to the rest of the world.

By rolling out smart meters, enabling suppliers to offer lower tariffs and making it easier for firms to develop smart appliances and gadgets, the plan will help consumers use energy when it is cheapest or get rewarded for returning it to the grid when it is needed.

The plan also recognises the role that energy storage can play in a smart energy grid and the opportunities presented by falling costs of battery technologies designed to store surplus energy. To allow industry to exploit these new technologies government and Ofgem have committed to removing barriers to the introduction of this technology into our power network.

Andrew Wright, Senior Partner, Energy Systems, Ofgem, said:

The way we are generating and using energy in Britain is changing rapidly. Today’s plan sets out how Ofgem, government and the industry will work together to modernise the energy system and make sure consumers get the benefits of the changes.

We want to open the door to new technologies and services so that they can help to reduce bills for consumers in the long term. It is vital that we get the changes in place as there is potential for a smarter system to save consumers billions between now and 2050.

The plan will also make it easier for new businesses to help customers that are interested in reducing, or increasing, their energy use at certain times, which can help balance the calls on the electricity network.

As part of the Industrial Strategy, the government has committed to modernising the UK’s energy system and developing a business environment where new entrants to the market can compete. This will also allow industry to develop innovative new products and services, creating thousands of jobs.

Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission Lord Adonis said:

Upgrading our energy systems is vital if we are to have clean, affordable and secure supply for the long-term and meet our targets for reducing carbon emissions.

This plan is a clear step forward, and was one of the 12 key infrastructure decisions we said needed to be made as a matter of urgency. I’m particularly pleased that many of the 29 points listed today directly follow recommendations in our Smart Power report.

Our study demonstrated the revolution our energy sector is going through, and the real benefits we can get from that in terms of greater efficiency, flexibility and value for money for customers. The measures announced today will lead to exciting innovations in the industry to help make that happen.

The full implementation of the plan to move to a smarter energy system alongside other changes could help save the country up to £40 billion over the coming decades, according to research conducted for BEIS by Imperial College and the Carbon Trust..

Case study

British company Moixa offers residential battery systems which can help manage energy demands across the electricity network, make better use of energy generated by rooftop solar panels, and enable suppliers to reward consumers who charge their batteries during periods of low demand, when prices are lower. These systems have been deployed in nearly 1,000 homes across the UK, and Moixa calculate that they could help consumers save up to 60% on their electricity bills.

Simon Daniel, CEO of Moixa Energy Holdings said:

Moixa welcomes this plan which recognises the central importance of energy storage in upgrading the UK Energy System – and the potential to save £40 billion off future customer bills. The regulatory improvements proposed and Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund will help storage providers like Moixa participate better in energy markets, and enable our Utility partners to deliver smart tariffs to customers. The actions will make the UK a global leader for new smart technologies and accelerate the transition to a cost-effective, resilient and low carbon energy system.

Press release: Business Secretary to establish UK as world leader in battery technology as part of modern Industrial Strategy

  • Business Secretary announces first phase of its £246 million investment in battery technology as he launches Industrial Strategy’s landmark ‘Faraday Challenge’
  • first phase includes launch of £45 million ‘Battery Institute’ competition to establish a centre for battery research to make technology more accessible and affordable
  • Business Secretary to give keynote Industrial Strategy speech later today in Birmingham where he will also outline cutting-edge energy plans to break down barriers to new technologies and business models

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark will today (24 July 2017) announce in a keynote speech on the Industrial Strategy the launch of the first phase of a £246 million government investment into battery technology to ensure the UK builds on its strengths and leads the world in the design, development and manufacture of electric batteries.

Known as the Faraday Challenge, the 4-year investment round is a key part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. It will deliver a coordinated programme of competitions that will aim to boost both the research and development of expertise in battery technology.

An overarching Faraday Challenge Advisory Board will be established to ensure the coherence and impact of the challenge. The board will be chaired by Professor Richard Parry-Jones, a senior engineering leader with many decades of senior automotive industry experience and recently chaired the UK Automotive Council for 6 years.

At a speech hosted by the Resolution Foundation in Birmingham, Greg Clark is expected to say on the need for an Industrial Strategy:

At its heart is a recognition that in order for all our citizens to be able to look forward with confidence to a prosperous future, we need to plan to improve our ability to earn that prosperity.

To enjoy a high and rising standard of living we must plan to be more productive than in the past.

Economists have pointed to what they have called a productivity puzzle in Britain. That we appear to generate less value for our efforts than, say, people in Germany or France. In other words, we have to work longer to get the same rewards.

It’s not that we want – or need – people to work longer hours. It’s that we need to ensure that we find and seize opportunities to work more productively – as a country, as cities and regions, as businesses and as individuals. If we can do so, we can increase the earning power of our country and our people.

We have great strengths. Our economy has been extraordinarily good at creating jobs. When we look at our closest neighbours, we can be truly proud of the fact almost everyone of working age in this country is in work and earning.

Greg Clark is expected to say on the government’s approach:

Our strategy will create the conditions that boost earning power throughout the country – its people, places and companies.

If every part of Britain is to prosper in the future we need to ensure that we have the right policies and institutions in place to drive the productivity – which is to say, the earning power – of the economy, and the people and places that make it up.

I want to thank all of the organisations across the UK for the formidable response to the consultation that we have undertaken on our green paper ‘Building our Industrial Strategy’. The response has been extraordinary.

Over 1,900 written responses – full, thoughtful and creative. From all parts of the United Kingdom; from new start-ups to big businesses; from organisations as diverse the Premier League to the Wellcome Trust and the Women’s Engineering Society.

Later in the year we will respond formally to the consultation with a white paper. But the shape of it is already becoming clear.

One of the strengths of an industrial strategy is to be able to bring together concerted effort on areas of opportunity that have previously been in different sectors, or which require joining forces between entrepreneurs, scientists and researchers, industries, and local and national government.

So as part of our I am today launching the Faraday Challenge, which will put £246 million into research, innovation and scale-up of battery technology.

The first element will be a competition led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to bring the best minds and facilities together to create a Battery Institute.

The most promising research completed by the Institute will be moved closer to the market through industrial collaborations led by Innovate UK.

And the Advanced Propulsion Centre will work with the automotive sector to identify the best proposition for a new state-of-the-art open access National Battery Manufacturing Development facility.

The work that we do through the Faraday Challenge will – quite literally – power the automotive and energy revolution where, already, the UK is leading the world.

The Faraday Challenge’s competitions are divided into 3 streams - research, innovation and scale-up - designed to drive a step-change in translating the UK’s world-leading research into market-ready technology that ensures economic success for the UK:

  • Research: To support world class research and training in battery materials, technologies and manufacturing processes, the government has opened a £45m competition, led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), to bring the best minds and facilities together to create a virtual Battery Institute. The successful consortium of universities will be responsible for undertaking research looking to address the key industrial challenges in this area.
  • Innovation: The most promising research completed by the Institute will be moved closer to the market through collaborative research and development competitions, led by Innovate UK. The initial competitions will build on the best of current world-leading science already happening in the UK and helping make the technology more accessible for UK businesses.
  • Scale-up: To further develop the real-world use and application of battery technology the government has opened a competition, led by the Advanced Propulsion Centre, to identify the best proposition for a new state-of-the-art open access National Battery Manufacturing Development facility.

Today’s announcement follows a review, commissioned as part of the Industrial Strategy green paper, by Sir Mark Walport in which he identified areas where the UK had strengths in battery technology and could benefit from linkage through this challenge fund.

The Faraday Challenge forms 1 of 6 key challenge areas that the government, together with business and academia, has identified through its flagship Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) as being one of the UK’s core industrial challenges, where research and innovation can help unlock markets and industries of the future in which the UK can become world-leading.

Ruth McKernan, Innovate UK Chief Executive said:

By any scale, the Faraday Challenge is a game changing investment in the UK and will make people around the globe take notice of what the UK is doing in terms of battery development for the automotive sector.

The competitions opening this week present huge opportunities for UK businesses, helping to generate further jobs and growth in the UK’s low carbon economy.

Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), said:

Batteries will form a cornerstone of a low carbon economy, whether in cars, aircraft, consumer electronics, district or grid storage. To deliver the UK’s low carbon economy we must consolidate and grow our capabilities in novel battery technology. EPSRC’s previous research investments mean we are in a world-leading position.

The Faraday Challenge is a new way of working. It will bring together the best minds in the field, draw on others from different disciplines, and link intimately with industry, innovators and other funders, such as InnovateUK, to ensure we maintain that our world leading position and keep the pipeline of fundamental science to innovation flowing.

Richard Parry-Jones, newly appointed Chair of the Faraday Challenge Advisory Board said:

The power of the Faraday Challenge derives from the joining-up of all 3 stages of research from the brilliant research in the university base, through innovation in commercial applications to scaling up for production. It will focus our best minds on the critical industrial challenges that are needed to establish the UK as one of the world leaders in advanced battery technologies and associated manufacturing capability.

In April, the government announced £1 billion of investment through the fund in cutting-edge technologies to create jobs and raise living standards. Other areas receiving government support through the ISCF in 2017 to 2018 include cutting edge healthcare and medicine, robotics and artificial intelligence, and satellite and space technology.

Richard Scudamore, Premier League Executive Chairman, welcomes the opportunity for business to work with government to shape policy:

Even economically successful sectors could contribute more to the UK’s economic growth in the right public policy environment, especially as we approach Brexit. Elite sport is one of the UK’s great international success stories but its economic impact has often been under-estimated. That is why the Premier League welcomes the Industrial Strategy as an important opportunity for enterprises like us to help shape government policy.

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) welcomes the government’s commitment to a modern Industrial Strategy:

We are pleased to see the government recognising the importance of scientific research as part of the Industrial Strategy. This research has not only boosted the UK economy but has also led to the development of treatments and technologies that have transformed millions of lives around the world.

Medical research charities play a particularly important part in this success: the BHF funds more than half the UK’s independent research into heart and circulatory diseases. We look forward to continuing to work with government to deliver an Industrial Strategy that supports world-leading research that improves the lives of patients across the UK and globally.

The Business Secretary will also be confirming today the launch of the third Connected Autonomous Vehicles research and development competition, with £25 million of funding being made available to new projects.

For the first time the government is making funding available to off-road driverless innovation, with investments earmarked for cutting-edge projects that will grow the commercial potential of off-road driverless technology and develop technologies that will increase productivity and improve mobility in a range of sectors including construction, farming and mining.

Government has already invested more than £100 million of research and development funding in over 50 connected and autonomous vehicle projects across the country to help UK businesses and Universities take advantage of the huge commercial opportunities in this area.

Press release: Minister appoints new Competition Appeal Tribunal members

Today (20 July 2017), the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, Margot James MP, has appointed 5 new members to the panel of ordinary members of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (the Tribunal).

The Tribunal is a specialist judicial body with expertise in law, economics, business and accountancy. Its function is to hear and decide appeals and other applications or claims involving competition or economic regulatory issues.

The new members are:

  • Mr Peter Anderson
  • Ms Kirstin Baker CBE
  • Mr Eamonn Doran
  • Mr Paul Lomas
  • Professor Anthony Neuberger

Notes to editors

  1. Ordinary members are selected for their expertise in law, business, accountancy, economics and other related fields. Prior to the making of these appointments, the Tribunal’s panel of ordinary members consisted of 21 members (11 of whose terms of appointment end on 3 January 2019).

  2. The new members are appointed for 8 years and paid according to the amount of time that they spend working for the Tribunal, based on a daily rate, currently £400. The appointments carry no right of pension, gratuity or allowance on their termination. The appointments announced today will commence on 1 October 2017.

  3. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity to be made public. None of the new members are politically active.

  4. Although these appointments do not come within the remit of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA), they have been made following OCPA best practice.

  5. The Tribunal is a specialist judicial body with cross-disciplinary expertise in law, economics, business and accountancy. It consists of the President and Chairmen, who are appointed by the Lord Chancellor, and the panel of ordinary members. Cases are heard before a Tribunal consisting of 3 members: either the President or a member of the panel of Chairmen and 2 ordinary members.

  6. Support staff and functions to the Tribunal are provided by the Competition Service (CS). The CS has 17 members of staff and it is headed by the Registrar, who is appointed by the Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

About the new members

Peter Anderson

Peter Anderson has been a solicitor in Scotland since 1975 and a Solicitor Advocate in Scotland since 1994. He was a partner in Simpson & Marwick, Solicitors, Scotland from 1978 and since the firm merged with Clyde & Co Solicitors, a partner there since 2015. He has over 40 years’ experience in general insurance work, specialising in complex and high value personal injury claims, professional negligence, commercial litigation and aviation disputes. He has lengthy experience as Chairman and Managing Partner of a sizeable law firm.

Kirstin Baker CBE

Kirstin Baker had a long career in the civil service and was most recently HM Treasury’s Finance and Commercial Director. Earlier in her career, she led the Treasury team coordinating public spending policy and managed many of the Treasury’s interventions in individual banks in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Kirstin has also worked as a competition official in the European Commission, as an EU policy advisor in the Cabinet Office and as a senior civil servant in the Scottish government, leading work on infrastructure investment. Kirstin holds non-executive positions on the boards of UK Financial Investments, The Pensions Regulator and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust. She is also vice-chair of the Council of Sussex University. Kirstin is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She was awarded a CBE in 2011 for her work during the financial crisis

Eamonn Doran

Eamonn Doran is a solicitor who has worked at Linklaters LLP since 1986, latterly as a partner, becoming a partner consultant in 2014. He specialised in EU and UK competition law with particular experience of inquiries concerning retail banking and financial services and was head of the London competition group from 2009. He also has experience of the education and charity sectors including, since 2013, as a director of the Laurels School Limited and a trustee of Missio, a Catholic mission charity.

Paul Lomas

Paul Lomas is a solicitor (with Higher Rights of Audience). He has been with Freshfields (subsequently Freshfields Bruckahaus Deringer) since 1982 and a partner from 1990. His experience includes general litigation, including commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, joint ventures, a wide range of regulatory litigation and defence work, financial services law, energy law, art law and, particularly competition, cartel and EU law.

Professor Anthony Neuberger

Anthony Neuberger is currently Professor of Finance at Cass Business School at the City University of London where, since 2016, he has also been the Deputy Head of the Finance Faculty. He was previously at the University of Warwick as Professor of Finance and the London Business School as Associate Professor of Finance. He also has experience of working for the Department of Energy and the Cabinet Office between 1973 and 1983.

Press release: Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill introduced today

  • Bill delivers on government’s promise to ensure ‘bereavement support’ for employees
  • Kevin Hollinrake MP, introduces government-supported Bill in Parliament today

For the first time, parents who are employed and have suffered the death of a child would receive statutory paid leave to grieve, under a new law being supported by the government and introduced to Parliament today (19 July).

The government expects employers to be compassionate and flexible at such a difficult time, but not all employers will respond in this way. This can have a devastating impact on parents, especially those who need time away to grieve.

The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill will seek to ensure grieving parents in employment receive paid leave to grieve away from the workplace, delivering on the government’s pledge to “enhance rights and protections in the workplace”. Currently there is no legal requirement for employers to provide paid leave for grieving parents.

Today Kevin Hollinrake MP introduced the Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill into Parliament.

Kevin Hollinrake MP sponsor said:

This is such an important Bill for parents going through the most terrible of times. There is little any of us can do to help, but at least we can make sure that every employer will give them time to grieve.

I have represented a number of constituents who have had to deal with the tragedy of losing a child and I am honoured to be able to do something to help parents in these desperate circumstances.

Business Minister Margot James said:

The loss of a child is a traumatic experience for any parent. For parents holding down a job at the same time as dealing with their grief it can be doubly stressful.

We want parents to get the support they need at this deeply upsetting time that is why government is supporting this Private Members Bill which will introduce statutory paid bereavement leave for employed parents.

Over the summer, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will be working with employers, employee representatives and campaigners on behalf of working families to understand better the needs of bereaved parents and employers.

The Bill is expected to have its second reading in the autumn.

Notes to editors

  1. Currently under the Employment Rights Act, employees have a day-one right to take a ‘reasonable’ amount of unpaid time off work to deal with an emergency involving a dependant, including making arrangements following the death of a dependant. What is “reasonable” depends on the circumstances but in practice the length of time off will be agreed between the employer and their employee.
  2. In the unlikely event that employee and employer can’t agree what is ‘reasonable’, this can be resolved through Acas or an employment tribunal.
  3. Acas has also published good practice guidance for employers on managing bereavement in the workplace.