New measures will build on the UK’s global leadership in green finance as part of the move to a low carbon economy.
- Government establishes taskforce of senior financial experts to accelerate growth of green finance and the UK’s low carbon economy.
- Proposals announced today will build on the UK’s global leadership, including development of world’s first green financial management standards with the British Standards Institute.
- The transition to a low carbon economy offers Britain a multi-billion pound investment opportunity, creating high-value jobs and boosting exports.
New measures to accelerate investment in clean growth by building on the UK’s strength in green finance will be set out later today by Climate Change Minister Claire Perry at the opening ceremony of Climate Week in New York.
Green finance includes private sector investments in technologies, infrastructure and innovative start-ups that can create jobs and allow businesses to expand, boosting economic growth while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Between 1990 and 2016, UK GDP has grown by 67%, while carbon emissions have fallen by 42%, proving it is possible to reduce emissions and grow the economy.
Although the green finance agenda has gained global momentum in recent years, the market must accelerate to meet climate change commitments. An estimated $13.5 trillion of investment is needed between 2015 and 2030 in the energy sector alone, for countries to meet their Paris Agreement targets. The Government recognises that much of this investment will come from the private sector and wants to use the UK’s green finance capabilities to provide a real national economic boost and help meet global challenges.
Claire Perry, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry said:
Britain has already shown the world that a strong economy and efforts to tackle climate change can, and should, go hand in hand. Now is the time to build on our strengths and cement our position as a global hub for investment in clean growth.
The transition to a low carbon economy is a multi-billion pound investment opportunity and a key part of this Government’s Industrial Strategy. Developing standards to promote responsible investment in sustainable projects and establishing the Green Finance Taskforce will help ensure businesses across the UK take full advantage of it.
Britain’s financial sector is already a world-leader in green finance. Enabling this sector to develop further will not only assist the transition to a low carbon economy but also ensure London remains the world’s leading global financial centre.
It is important for public and private partnerships to work together and the Green Finance Taskforce announced today will bring together a top team of financial experts, including leading figures from Aviva, Barclays, HSBC, Legal & General and the Bank of England, as well as academics and sustainability experts.
The Taskforce, chaired by Sir Roger Gifford, former Lord Mayor of London, will be given six months to deliver ambitious proposals to accelerate investment in the transition to a low carbon economy, creating high-value jobs and opportunities for UK businesses. It will examine a range of interventions, from making infrastructure investment more sustainable to scaling-up green mortgages.
Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Barclay said:
Financial services are a British success story and the sector has the power to drive green and sustainable development.
It is a priority of mine that people are able to access financial products that support their values, whether that be sharia-compliant loans or green mortgages that have a positive environmental impact. This taskforce will keep the UK at the forefront of green finance and help deliver choice for consumers.
Investors in the UK’s low carbon economy need to feel assured about what constitutes a ‘green investment’ and the environmental impacts of green-labelled investments. Government will therefore work with the City of London’s Green Finance Initiative and the British Standards Institute to develop a set of voluntary green standards to promote responsible investment practices.
The Government has also officially endorsed recommendations published by the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and encourages all listed companies to implement this new, voluntary framework to align climate-related risk management and financial governance. These recommendations represent a key milestone in the global low carbon transition, and have been backed by over 100 businesses worldwide with a market capitalisation of more than $3 trillion.
Press release: UK government launches plan to accelerate growth of green finance
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Record amount of renewable capacity secured to power our homes following second contracts for difference auction.
- Competition drives down the cost for consumers – new offshore wind projects will be delivered as low as £58/MWh from 2022-23
- Further boost to the UK’s low-carbon supply chain, as part of the government’s ambitious Industrial Strategy and upcoming Clean Growth Plan
Eleven new energy projects worth up to £176m per year have been successful in the latest competitive auction for renewable technologies, the government has announced today (Monday 11 September).
The projects, which are set to generate over 3GW of electricity, enough to power 3.6 million homes, demonstrate that the UK continues to be an attractive place to invest in clean energy.
The government is committed to investing in clean technology and driving economic growth as set out in our ambitious Industrial Strategy and upcoming Clean Growth Plan.
The competitive approach is continuing to drive cost reductions in the renewable energy industry – the cost of new offshore wind projects starting to generate electricity from 2022-23 are now 50% lower than the first auction held in 2015 (1). The other successful technologies, Advanced Conversion Technologies and Dedicated Biomass with Combined Heat and Power, also achieved significant savings.
Competition has also driven down the costs for consumers. The capacity delivered in this auction cost up to £528m per year less than it would have in the absence of competition.
Projects are to be delivered across Great Britain from Wales to the Scottish Highlands and the West Midlands from 2021.
Minister for Energy and Industry, Richard Harrington, said:
We’ve placed clean growth at the heart of the Industrial Strategy to unlock opportunities across the country, while cutting carbon emissions.
The offshore wind sector alone will invest £17.5bn in the UK up to 2021 and thousands of new jobs in British businesses will be created by the projects announced today. This government will continue to seize these opportunities as the world moves towards a low carbon future, and will set out ambitious proposals in the upcoming Clean Growth Plan.
This investment will help the UK meet its climate targets while supporting jobs in Britain’s growing renewable industry. The UK has the largest offshore wind capacity in the world and low carbon businesses have a combined turnover of £43 billion, employing 234,000 people.
Notes to Editors
Contracts for Difference, which provide long-term certainty for investors, are designed to drive investment in a new generation of clean, secure electricity supplies. This is the second round of Contracts for Difference auctions, with the first held in 2015. Successful projects receive 15 year contracts.
(1) The cost of offshore wind projects are now 50% lower than the first auction held in 2015 when comparing the lowest clearing price for successful offshore wind projects commissioning in 2018/19 and the lowest clearing price for offshore wind projects commissioning in 2022/23.
Total budget impact for contracts allocated in the second CFD auction round is forecast by National Grid at up to £176.2m/year (in 2012 prices). However, actual annual spend will depend on how wholesale prices and project-specific operational factors change over time.
The Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) now has 10 working days in which to make an offer to successful developers. Developers then have 10 working days after the offer is made to return signed contracts.
Press release: New clean energy projects set to power 3.6 million homes
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MERIDIAN is a government-backed and industry-led brand for the development of CAV technology in the UK.
- Climate Change and Industry Minister Claire Perry has today announced the launch of MERIDIAN – a new co-ordination hub for connected autonomous vehicle (CAV) technologies testing.
- Government investment, matched by industry, will create the world’s most effective CAV testing cluster in the UK’s automotive and technology heartlands between Coventry and London.
- MERIDIAN will cement the UK’s status as the go-to destination for development of CAV and new vehicle technologies.
Climate Change and Industry Minister Claire Perry has today (Thursday 7 September) launched MERIDIAN, a new government-backed and industry-led brand for the development of connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology in the UK.
MERIDIAN, funded jointly by the government’s flagship £100m CAV investment programme and by industry, will create a cluster of excellence in driverless car testing, along the M40 corridor between Coventry and London, to accelerate the development of this technology, grow intellectual capital and attract overseas investment in the UK.
A key part of the Industrial Strategy commitment to develop world-class CAV testing facilities and infrastructure, the launch of the MERIDIAN brand follows a call for evidence by the Centre of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) in May 2016 into how the UK can integrate and strengthen its CAV testing facilities and to consider the case for a test bed to provide a focus for the industry.
Responses to the consultation were published in March, reflected broad industry support from the Automotive Council, among other sectors and companies, for coordinating the UK’s existing testing facilities and for Government funding to support this work.
Climate Change and Industry Minister Claire Perry said:
At the heart of our Industrial Strategy is a commitment to delivering world class science, research and innovation. The MERIDIAN co-ordination hub embodies this ambition, creating a globally recognisable brand that will bring the automotive sector, academia and Government together behind a common set of strategic goals.
A report we are publishing today predicts that by 2035 the global market for CAV technologies will be worth £907 billion, and through government investment and collaboration with industry in this area we will ensure that the UK becomes one of the global ‘go to’ destinations for the development of this technology.
With bases at the Coventry and Stratford branches of the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), MERIDIAN will bring together the UK’s existing CAV testing centres to create a concentrated cluster of testing facilities that covers all testing requirements for CAV technology. Analysis has identified that through the hub, the UK has a unique opportunity to focus on four strategically important areas:
- advanced CAV testing and development;
- connected environments;
- data and cyber security; and
- new mobility services
Ford Director of Global Vehicle Evaluation and Verification and Chair of the Auto Council Technology Group, Graham Hoare said:
These technologies are coming and will profoundly change our understanding of mobility. The UK has long-standing capabilities across many of the sectors supporting new vehicle technologies and an approach that is more open and collaborative than other markets.
We recognise that these exciting new technologies are broader than the automotive sector and we welcome the different ideas and perspectives that this brings. We look forward to working with MERIDIAN to develop, articulate, and amplify our national offer.
The government has also today published its Centre for Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) Global Market Value report which predicts the global market for CAV technology could be worth £907bn in 2035. The report sets out a number of interesting findings and future predictions for the industry:
- By establishing a leadership position for the UK in CAV technologies could see the UK market reach £52bn by 2035
- By 2035 the UK will have over 27,000 jobs involved in the production of CAV technology, including thousands of new highly skilled jobs in the auto sector
- 70% of the jobs related to CAV technology production are estimated to be highly-skilled professional and technical roles in software-related industries
Press release: Government launches MERIDIAN to accelerate connected autonomous vehicle technology development in the UK
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Industry proposals to help the UK’s life sciences sector become an international benchmark for success are being unveiled today.
- Sir John Bell outlines findings of independent sector-led review into £64 billion life sciences industry at University of Birmingham
- the review will inform the basis of government work with the sector towards a Sector Deal in the coming months
- Business Secretary Greg Clark and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will also announce details of £160 million of funding to support the sector including the NHS
Industry proposals to help the UK’s life sciences sector become an international benchmark for success will be unveiled by Professor Sir John Bell during a speech at the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Translational Medicine later today (30 August 2017).
Attended by Business Secretary Greg Clark and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Sir John Bell will outline the industry’s vision for how government can work alongside the sector to boost businesses large and small across the £64 billion life sciences sector.
In the government’s Industrial Strategy green paper, launched in January, life sciences was one of five of the UK’s leading sectors tasked with working with stakeholders across the industry to identify opportunities for how government can support the industry.
The industry-led Life Sciences Industrial Strategy follows Sir John Bell’s comprehensive cross-sector review into the long-term future of the industry and brings together input and recommendations from a broad range of stakeholders, including global companies such as AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson, MSD, GSK and healthcare groups, SMEs and charities.
The report’s recommendations will be considered carefully by the government and used to work towards a sector deal between government and the global life sciences sector.
Sir John Bell is expected to say:
The vision for the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy is an ambitious one and sets out proposals for how the UK can continue to capitalise on its strengths in the sector, both to encourage economic growth and to improve health outcomes for patients.
We have created a strategy which capitalises on our strong science base to further build the industry into a globally-unique and internationally competitive life sciences eco-system, supported by collaboration across industry, government, the NHS, academia, and research funders to deliver health and wealth.
I look forward to working with government to consider the strategy’s recommendations, including those that can be taken forward as part of an ambitious sector deal.
From a cross-section of industry and trade association members of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Board:
We welcome the publication of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy, led by Sir John Bell. The Strategy and Board demonstrate the breadth and vibrancy of the life sciences ecosystem in the UK, the importance of collaboration across the sector, the critical role of the NHS in delivering the development and use of new medical technologies, and the contribution of our sector to the UK economy.
The Strategy provides a holistic and collaborative framework to realise the many exciting opportunities in the future of life sciences in the UK and is a positive first step to cementing the success of our sector.
This should provide the springboard for any sector deal for the life sciences sector, including the NHS and other stakeholders; this will be vital to ensuring that the recommendations set out in this Strategy are fully implemented.
As the UK leaves the EU, collaboration with, and support from government is more important than ever to maintaining the UK’s position as a global life sciences ecosystem.
The Life Sciences Industrial Strategy, a report to the government from the life sciences sector, is organised under 5 key themes – science, growth, NHS, data, and skills – with proposals to build on the UK’s strengths in each area. These include:
- Science – Reinforcing the UK science offer by sustaining and increasing funding for basic science to match our international competition and by further improving UK clinical trial capabilities
- Growth – Improving growth and infrastructure across the country, through a tax environment that supports growth and by attracting substantial investment to manufacture and export high value life science products of the future
- NHS – Encouraging NHS collaboration by recommending the Accelerated Access Review be adopted with national routes to market streamlined and clarified, including for digital products
- Data – Making better use of data and other evidence by establishing 2 to 5 regional innovation hubs that would provide data across regions of 3 to 5 million people.
- Skills – Ensuring the UK has the talent and skills to underpin future life sciences success by delivering a reinforced skills action plan across the NHS, commercial and third sectors
The Strategy also recommends the establishment of the Healthcare Advanced Research Program (HARP), a programme through which industries, charities and the NHS can collaborate on ambitious and long-term UK-based projects to transform healthcare and take advantage of the medical trends of the next 20 years.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to say:
The UK has always been at the forefront of scientific excellence. From the discovery of antibiotics to our world-leading 100,000 Genomes project, we have a proud history of medical breakthrough and innovation.
I want patients to continue to be at the front of the queue for the best treatments available, whether that means early access to trials, giving staff brand new innovations and technology to work with, or being at the heart of research to share best practice quickly across the health and social care system. A strong and growing life sciences sector ensures this, particularly as we negotiate our exit from the EU.
In welcoming the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy, the Health Secretary is also announcing £14 million funding to support 11 medical technology research centres to encourage collaboration between the NHS and industry in developing and bringing new technologies to patients through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). This will mean patients will continue to benefit from new technologies which will help to improve diagnosis and get them the treatment they need quickly.
Business Secretary Greg Clark is expected to say:
The life sciences sector is of critical importance to the UK economy and UK health – with over 5,000 companies, nearly 235,000 employees and a turnover of £64 billion in 2016 – and the government is committed to continuing to help this sector go from strength to strength.
The Life Sciences Industrial Strategy demonstrates the world-class expertise the UK already has in this sector and represents the industry’s vision for how we can build on our world-leading reputation in this field.
We will be engaging with Sir John Bell in the coming months in an effort to work towards a sector deal that helps us seize the opportunities in this area.
Chief Executive of Innovate UK, Dr Ruth McKernan, added:
I know from my own experience that the UK is a world leader in life sciences. These new proposals underline our strength and will keep the nation at the cutting edge. At Innovate UK, we look forward to playing a key role in its delivery.
Working with the research community and exciting companies, with equally exciting ideas, we will drive innovation to create new jobs and deliver greater productivity.
At the launch of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy, the Business Secretary will reiterate government’s commitment to the sector, announcing the first phase of the government’s investment in life sciences through the Industrial Strategy, with £146 million for leading-edge healthcare, which is expected to leverage more than £250 million of private funding from industry.
This investment, part of the government’s flagship Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, will be spread over 4 years and covers 5 major projects supporting advanced therapies, advanced medicines and vaccines development and manufacturing. These projects are:
- Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre: A £13 million competition to establish a new centre, in partnership with industry, that will accelerate the adoption of emerging and novel manufacturing technologies
- Vaccines Development and Manufacturing Centre: To develop and manufacture vaccines for clinical trials and prepare for emergency epidemic threats, government is investing £66 million in a new centre of excellence
- Advanced Therapies Treatment Centre £30 million investment in 3 new sites will help establish a network of centres, based in hospitals, that will transform the UK’s ability to develop and deliver cell and gene therapies to a large number of patients
- Expanding the Cell and Gene Therapy Manufacturing Centre: Enhancing the UK’s offer in the fast-moving field of cell and gene therapy by investing £12 million in doubling the capacity of the Cell and Gene Therapy Centre in Stevenage
- Research and Development to support innovation at the manufacturing centres: Through a new collaborative scheme, the government is investing £25 million to support SMEs working in this sector and boost innovation
Government has increased investment in research and development over the next 4 years by £4.7 billion to create jobs and raise living standards through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The Business Secretary has announced that the first £1 billion of investment is being made in 6 key areas in 2017 to 2018, driving progress and innovation that will create opportunities for businesses and sectors across the UK.
Notes to editors
The NIHR Medtech and In vitro diagnostic Co-operatives (NIHR MICs) build expertise and capacity in the NHS to develop new medical technologies and provide evidence on commercially-supplied in vitro diagnostic (IVD) tests. The NIHR MICs will provide funding over five years for leading NHS Organisations to act as centres of expertise; bringing together patients, clinicians, researchers, commissioners and industry. 11 centres across England have been designated NIHR MICs.
The Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Board members quoted above include the:
- Association of British Healthcare Industries
- Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
- Immunocore Ltd
- Johnson & Johnson
- Northern Health Science Alliance Ltd
The full Board brings together representation from across the sector, including industry, academia and charities.
Press release: Sir John Bell to unveil industry-led proposals to build UK’s status as world leader in life sciences
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Business Secretary Greg Clark has set out the government’s corporate governance reforms to enhance the public’s trust in business
- New laws will force all listed companies to reveal the pay ratio between bosses and workers
- All listed companies with significant shareholder opposition to executive pay packages will have their names published on a new public register
- New measures will seek to ensure employee voice is heard in the boardroom
For the first time listed companies will have to publish pay ratios between chief executives and their average UK worker under government reforms to boardroom accountability outlined today (29 August 2017).
Business Secretary Greg Clark today set out how the Government’s package of corporate governance reforms will enhance the transparency of big business to shareholders, employees and the public.
These will include the world’s first public register of listed companies where a fifth of investors have objected to executive annual pay packages. This new scheme will be set up in the autumn and overseen by the Investment Association, a trade body that represents UK investment managers.
In the coming months the Government will introduce new laws to require:
* around 900 listed companies to annually publish and justify the pay ratio between CEOs and their average UK worker
* all companies of a significant size to publicly explain how their directors take employees’ and shareholders’ interests into account
* all large companies to make their responsible business arrangements public
Last year the Prime Minister made clear that the behaviour of a small number of companies had damaged the public’s trust in big business. She set out proposals to improve transparency and accountability and give employees a voice in the boardroom. The reforms announced today follow a thorough consultation process.
Business Secretary Greg Clark said:
One of Britain’s biggest assets in competing in the global economy is our deserved reputation for being a dependable and confident place in which to do business. Our legal system, our framework of company law and our standards of corporate governance have long been admired around the world.
We have maintained such a reputation by keeping our corporate governance framework under review. Today’s reforms will build on our strong reputation and ensure our largest companies are more transparent and accountable to their employees and shareholders.
The Business Secretary will seek to ensure employees’ interests are better represented at board level of listed companies. He will ask the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), which sets high standards of governance through the UK Corporate Governance Code, to introduce a new requirement in the code to achieve this.
Under the code’s “comply or explain” basis, firms would have to either:
* assign a non-executive director to represent employees;
* create an employee advisory council;
* or nominate a director from the workforce.
The FRC will also be asked to work with the business community and the Government to develop a voluntary set of corporate governance principles for large private companies.
Stephen Haddrill, CEO of the FRC, said:
The UK’s deserved reputation for good corporate governance, earned over the last 25 years, has underpinned British business success. How we develop the framework will be key to boosting competiveness, transparency and integrity in business particularly after Brexit. Successful and sustainable business are not just good for the economy, they support wider society by providing jobs and helping to create prosperity.
The FRC is undertaking a fundamental review of the Corporate Governance Code. The Government’s feedback will help inform the development our consultation later this year.
Large private companies are integral to the UK economy as significant employers and supporters of communities and families. It is right that we develop a set of corporate governance principles to enhance confidence that they act in the public interest.
The Government intends to bring legislative reforms into effect by June 2018.
Responding to the Government’s responsible business reforms, Stephen Martin, Director General of the Institute of Directors, said:
We welcome the pragmatic approach the Government is taking to improve how company boards work. We’re particularly pleased that there will be a code for large private businesses, as the principles of good governance should extend beyond the companies listed on the stock market.
The Secretary of State is taking a sensible approach on giving workers a bigger say, by allowing companies to choose the best way to implement the new rules. All directors are responsible for the whole company, so any with the specific remit to speak for employees must be adequately trained and aware of their responsibility to promote the long-term success of the business.
Pay ratios will sharpen the awareness of boards on the issue of remuneration, but they can be a crude measure. Companies will have to prepare themselves to explain how pay as a whole in their business operates, and why executives are worth their packages.
Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:
UK Manufacturers have a strong track record of good corporate governance and high standards of employment practice with many examples of excellent employee engagement in firms up and down the land.
These proposals will build on these existing high standards, spreading best practice, improving transparency and ensuring greater consistency amongst the UK’s largest businesses.
The reforms, which will accelerate improvements in Corporate governance, are consistent with the UK’s industrial strategy and will aid international competiveness and attractiveness as a hub of global trade and investment.
Paul Drechsler CBE, Confederation of British Industry President, said:
Good corporate governance is an essential ingredient of business performance and the bedrock of trust between business and society.
We know that how companies act and behave determines the way people think about business.
Companies take this seriously and we look forward to working closely with the Government to ensure the UK maintains its reputation as a global leader in this field and as a primary location for international investment.
The CBI is very clear that the unacceptable behaviour of a few firms does not reflect the high standards and responsible behaviour of the vast majority of companies.
Commenting on the new public register, Chris Cummings, Chief Executive of the Investment Association, said:
The creation of the public register on shareholder voting is an important step in increasing accountability and transparency of those listed companies that see significant shareholder rebellions during the AGM season.
Our members, who manage the pensions of 75% of UK households and own over one third of the FTSE, believe that not all company boards that receive big shareholder dissent are currently doing enough to address investor concerns. This public register will help sharpen the focus on the those who must do more, enabling our members to hold the country’s biggest businesses to account and leading to better-run companies.
We look forward to working with Government to deliver the public register and aim to launch it later this Autumn.
Stefan Stern, director of the High Pay Centre think-tank, said:
We want investors and boards to have a more constructive and more thoughtful conversation on executive pay, and this sort of public disclosure should help.
This is a step in the right direction, providing greater transparency and focusing the public’s attention on those companies who ignore the concerns of their shareholders.
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Corporate Governance Reform: government response
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- The FRC intends to consult on amendments to the UK Corporate Governance Code in late autumn with a view to publishing a revised code by mid-2018. This would mean the code would apply to the majority of companies in 2019
- The government today announced its intention to fulfil its manifesto commitment to examine the use of share buyback schemes, where companies repurchase their own shares, to ensure the method is not being used to artificially influence executive pay performance targets
- In the coming weeks, Business Minister Margot James is expected to chair the first ever meeting of the Business Diversity and Inclusion Group, set up to make sure government and industry work more closely to remove barriers in the workplace. The group will bring together the leaders of four industry-led diversity reviews:
- Sir Philip Hampton, chairman of a review into increasing female representation at the top of business
- Baroness McGregor-Smith, who led a review into BME participation and progression in the workplace
- Sir John Parker, who is leading a review into diversity on boards
- Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Government champion for women in finance
Press release: World-leading package of corporate governance reforms announced to increase boardroom accountability and enhance trust in business
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Around 230 employers have been named for underpaying their workers the National Minimum or Living Wage.
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:
- Argos Limited, Milton Keynes MK9, failed to pay £1,461,881.78 to 12,176 workers.
- Pearson Anderson Limited, Leicester LE1, failed to pay £49,800.41 to 169 workers.
- Fusion Hairdesign Ltd, Harrow HA3, failed to pay £24,352.90 to 6 workers.
- Nunthorpe Nurseries Group Ltd, Redcar and Cleveland TS7, failed to pay £22,831.38 to 118 workers.
- 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.
- Maughan Microcomputers Limited trading as Console Doctor, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6, failed to pay £15,010.89 to 3 workers.
- Islington Accommodation Services Limited, Blackburn with Darwen BB2, failed to pay £14,447.82 to 1 worker.
- 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.
- Rudan Limited trading as Hershesons, Westminster W1S, failed to pay £14,141.06 to 7 workers.
- Mr Anthony Kenvig trading as Kenvig’s Hair Marriott, Preston PR3, failed to pay £9,698.04 to 2 workers.
- Mr William Gareth Griffiths & Mrs Llinos Griffiths trading as Gareth Griffiths, Ceredigion SY23, failed to pay £9,230.56 to 1 worker.
- Geoff Chapman trading as North Cowton Service Station, Richmondshire DL7, failed to pay £8,229.11 to 3 workers.
- Miss Mackenzie Sanders trading as Filo Horses, Swindon SN4, failed to pay £8,204.07 to 3 workers.
- Miss Reena Parmar trading as Antony Luka Hairdressing, Birmingham B42, failed to pay £7,353.22 to 1 worker.
- Nightingales of Kidderminster Limited, Wyre Forest DY10, failed to pay £6,895.75 to 9 workers.
- Wynyard Hall Limited trading as Wynyard Hall, Stockton-on-Tees TS22, failed to pay £6,040.05 to 3 workers.
- Mrs Dorothy Bello trading as Rising Stars Daycare & Shining Stars Kids Club, Newham E16, failed to pay £5,515.06 to 4 workers.
- Bull Construction Limited, Wiltshire SN8, failed to pay £4,998.79 to 1 worker.
- The Fish and Chip Ship Limited trading as McMonagles, West Dunbartonshire G81, failed to pay £4,900.15 to 9 workers.
- DSL Accident Repair Ltd, City of Edinburgh EH14, failed to pay £4,896.43 to 3 workers.
- Shores Homecare Limited, East Riding of Yorkshire HU19, failed to pay £4,840.31 to 6 workers.
- Deborah Marsh and Kathryn Johnston trading as FX Hair & Beauty, Broxbourne EN8, failed to pay £4,790.72 to 1 worker.
- Bass Electrical Limited, West Lindsey LN3, failed to pay £4,717.05 to 1 worker.
- Airport Placements Limited, Solihull B26, failed to pay £4,557.43 to 50 workers.
- Rainbow Room (Clarkston) Limited (name changed to JPTO Ltd), East Renfrewshire G76, failed to pay £4,532.94 to 21 workers.
- Eaglescliffe Gas Limited, Stockton-on-Tees TS16, failed to pay £4,492.03 to 1 worker.
- Idlewild Hairdressing Ltd, West Oxfordshire OX28, failed to pay £4,491.02 to 2 workers.
- Emma’s Angels Day Nursery Limited, Leeds LS19, failed to pay £4,178.89 to 5 workers.
- Francis John Hairdressing Ltd trading as Francis John Hairdressing, South Ayrshire KA7, failed to pay £4,129.40 to 2 workers.
- Elite Hair & Beauty (North East) Limited trading as Elite Evolution, County Durham DL14, failed to pay £4,053.20 to 5 workers.
- Mr Mukesh Patela and Mrs Bhavna Patel trading as Eaton Lodge Care Home, Thanet CT8, failed to pay £4,026.44 to 5 workers.
- King’s Summer Homes Limited, North Norfolk NR27, failed to pay £3,974.94 to 1 worker.
- Smiles Montessori Preschool (Bush Fair) Limited, Harlow CM18, failed to pay £3,904.90 to 3 workers.
- Miss Tracey Newnian trading as Tracey’s Unisex Salon, Carmarthenshire SA31, failed to pay £3,879.67 to 1 worker.
- Field & Rural Life Ltd, Purbeck BH16, failed to pay £3,606.09 to 2 workers.
- Knaptoft Hall Farm Limited, Harborough LE17, failed to pay £3,525.97 to 1 worker.
- Braehead Foods Limited, East Ayrshire KA2, failed to pay £3,434.39 to 28 workers.
- Small Wonders Day Care Nursery (Thatto Heath) Ltd, St. Helens WA10, failed to pay £3,372.65 to 11 workers.
- Wych Elm Car Wash Ltd, Harlow CM20, failed to pay £3,293.24 to 5 workers.
- Edmondsons (Freightliners) Ltd, Lancaster LA3, failed to pay £3,250.07 to 28 workers.
- Codsall H I Ltd trading as South Staffs Windows, Wolverhampton WV1, failed to pay £3,244.72 to 3 workers.
- 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.
- Hi 5’s Limited, Leeds LS27, failed to pay £3,062.93 to 5 workers.
- Prestige Accident Repairs Limited, South Hams TQ9, failed to pay £2,977.90 to 1 worker.
- Sharps Media Group Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness LA14, failed to pay £2,946.21 to 2 workers.
- The Unstuffy Hotel Co Limited (Previous owner), South Lakeland LA23, failed to pay £2,877.20 to 3 workers.
- Roundabout Out of School Care Limited, Stoke-on-Trent ST2, failed to pay £2,676.09 to 1 worker.
- Hamilton Reese Limited, Manchester M12, failed to pay £2,648.88 to 7 workers.
- Alsigns Commercials Ltd, Wychavon WR12, failed to pay £2,619.35 to 1 worker.
- Thai Lounge (Cardiff) Limited trading as Thai Lounge, Cardiff CF14, failed to pay £2,527.27 to 4 workers.
- Qassa Limited, Medway ME7, failed to pay £2,506.51 to 2 workers.
- Mr Mandeep Singh trading as Poseidon Fish Bar, Leicester LE2, failed to pay £2,479.36 to 3 workers.
- Banny’s Limited, Pendle BB8, failed to pay £2,418.48 to 47 workers.
- Bluestone Resorts Limited, Pembrokeshire SA67, failed to pay £2,378.98 to 2 workers.
- Crown Pianos Limited, Newark and Sherwood NG21, failed to pay £2,328.28 to 1 worker.
- Rockliffe Hall Limited trading as Rockliffe Hall, Darlington DL2, failed to pay £2,278.26 to 3 workers.
- The Breakfast Junction Limited, Warwick CV35, failed to pay £2,278 to 1 worker.
- Ruthin Castle Hotel Ltd, Denbighshire LL15, failed to pay £2,182.49 to 1 worker.
- NR Care Ltd, Norwich NR1, failed to pay £2,159.88 to 5 workers.
- 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.
- Sean Hanna Ltd, Merton SW19, failed to pay £2,154.56 to 20 workers.
- Mint (Nails & Beauty) Limited, Wakefield WF1, failed to pay £2,064.29 to 15 workers.
- Nomi Enterprises Limited, North Ayrshire KA12, failed to pay £2,047.16 to 2 workers.
- In-Portofino Ltd trading as Portofino, Fylde FY8, failed to pay £1,976.15 to 6 workers.
- 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.
- Mr Gerald Anthony Roche trading as Agents Green, Ealing W3 0, failed to pay £1,924.23 to 1 worker.
- Mr William Holleran and Mr Iain Holleran trading as Wm Holleran & Sons, Falkirk FK2, failed to pay £1,908.22 to 2 workers.
- Costa Construction Limited, Leicester LE4, failed to pay £1,895.65 to 6 workers.
- Mrs Joan Greenan trading as Shape ‘N’ Style, Newry, Mourne and Down BT34, failed to pay £1,886.71 to 2 workers.
- Primley Park Children’s Nurseries Limited, Leeds LS17, failed to pay £1,859.58 to 4 workers.
- Pires Restaurant Limited trading as The Butchers Arms (Previous owner), Stratford-on-Avon CV47, failed to pay £1,794.16 to 1 worker.
- P.C. Coaches of Lincoln Limited, Lincoln LN3, failed to pay £1,773.55 to 1 worker.
- Careys Manor Hotel (Brockenhurst) Limited trading as Careys Manor Hotel, New Forest SO42, failed to pay £1,706.13 to 4 workers.
- Julie Jane Ltd trading as Boiler Servicing 24/7, Bracknell Forest SL5, failed to pay £1,703.63 to 1 worker.
- 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.
- Mr Mark Robinson trading as Soul Hairdressing, Belfast BT5, failed to pay £1,699.67 to 4 workers.
- Burlesque Hair Company Limited, Newport NP20, failed to pay £1,672.58 to 3 workers.
- L.C.S. Building Services Ltd, Tameside SK15, failed to pay £1,575.71 to 2 workers.
- James Hughes Hair Ltd, Glasgow City G4, failed to pay £1,567.94 to 2 workers.
- Celtic Community Services Limited, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF72, failed to pay £1,521.44 to 5 workers.
- John Oliver (Norwich) Ltd trading as John Olivers, Norwich NR1, failed to pay £1,490.77 to 5 workers.
- Katie Stevenson trading as The Kilmarnock Hair Company, East Ayrshire KA1, failed to pay £1,479.03 to 1 worker.
- Stephen Rodgers trading as The Kilmarnock Hair Company, East Ayrshire KA1, failed to pay £1,420.68 to 1 worker.
- Spread Eagle Hotel (Midhurst) Limited (The), Chichester GU29, failed to pay £1,406.83 to 2 workers.
- Mrs Claire Elsie Carter trading as The Hartnoll Hotel, Mid Devon EX16, failed to pay £1402.31 to 1 worker.
- Model Me Salons LLP, Sefton PR8, failed to pay £1,367.56 to 7 workers.
- Mr Sejdi Laci trading as Laci’s Hand Car Wash, Harlow CM18, failed to pay £1,346 to 3 workers.
- 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.
- Mr Gary Graham trading as Seaburn Plasterers, South Tyneside SR6, failed to pay £1,314.40 to 1 worker.
- Ambrozja Ltd, Bradford BD1, failed to pay £1,303.71 to 2 workers.
- Emma R (UK) Ltd trading as Beauty by Emma, North Somerset BS23, failed to pay £1,276.35 to 1 worker.
- Mr Derek Mitchelson and Mrs Jacqueline Mitchelson trading as Hair Oassis, North Lanarkshire G67, failed to pay £1,216.93 to 1 worker.
- SS Pubco Ltd trading as The Freemason’s Arms, Ribble Valley BB7, failed to pay £1,166.85 to 2 workers.
- M Camilleri & Sons Roofing Limited, Vale of Glamorgan CF64, failed to pay £1,150.68 to 11 workers.
- M & M Garages Ltd, Middlesbrough TS2, failed to pay £1,141.89 to 1 worker.
- Core Accounts Limited, St Albans AL3, failed to pay £1,117 to 2 workers.
- Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf Club Limited (Previous owner) trading as Woodbury Park, East Devon EX5, failed to pay £1,109.71 to 2 workers.
- Drift Bridge Garage Limited, Reigate and Banstead KT17, failed to pay £1,089 to 1 worker.
- Mr John Dickson trading as Darling’s Hair Salon, Antrim and Newtownabbey BT37, failed to pay £1,051.96 to 1 worker.
- Diamond Valeting Centre & Car Wash Ltd, Renfrewshire PA1, failed to pay £1,045.20 to 2 workers.
- 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.
- Tudor Manor Day Nursery Limited, Northampton NN5, failed to pay £1,029.30 to 1 worker.
- Fresh Lifestyle Limited, Lewisham SE3, failed to pay £1,019.61 to 2 workers.
- Helping Hands Cleaning (Lancashire) Limited, South Ribble BB2, failed to pay £1,014.08 to 1 worker.
- Cashnext Limited trading as The Krazy House, Liverpool L1 4, failed to pay £1,012.29 to 2 workers.
- Firlawn Nursing Home Limited, Wiltshire BA14, failed to pay £1,010.08 to 3 workers.
- Miss Helen Lee trading as His & Hers Hair Salon, Redditch B97, failed to pay £1,008.60 to 2 workers.
- Burns Hair Fashions Limited trading as BHF Hairdressing Group, Elmbridge KT13, failed to pay £994 to 1 worker.
- Bovey Castle Hotel Limited, Teignbridge TQ13, failed to pay £961.15 to 26 workers.
- 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.
- Christopher Bartholomew Till trading as Hub Hairdressing, Brentwood CM14, failed to pay £916.69 to 1 worker.
- Joseph Furniture Ltd, Kirklees HD2, failed to pay £908 to 1 worker.
- UK Advanced Medical Ltd, Kirklees WF13, failed to pay £896.39 to 1 worker.
- Hampton Dean Construction Limited, Cheshire East CW12, failed to pay £893.04 to 1 worker.
- Les Enfants Private Day Nurseries Ltd, Kirklees HD5, failed to pay £874.78 to 5 workers.
- Adeiladwyr Eryri Builders CYF, Gwynedd LL52, failed to pay £864 to 1 worker.
- CKML Limited, Northumberland NE24, failed to pay £851.46 to 2 workers.
- Jazan Ltd, South Gloucestershire BS15, failed to pay £812.92 to 1 worker.
- Penrhyn Inns Limited trading as The White Hart, Oldham OL4, failed to pay £807.70 to 1 worker.
- Sweet Peas Day Care & Teaching Nurseries Limited, Leeds LS25, failed to pay £803.98 to 10 workers.
- Mr Bharat Savjani and Mr Vikesh Savjani trading as Sussex Service Station, Birmingham B12, failed to pay £803.78 to 1 worker.
- Alaxia Limited trading as Caterina 55, City of London EC2Y, failed to pay £800.65 to 1 worker.
- Donnelly Bros. (Belfast) Limited, Antrim and Newtownabbey BT36, failed to pay £771.34 to 4 workers.
- CDE Global Limited, Mid Ulster BT80, failed to pay £768.91 to 1 worker.
- Stylewise (UK) Limited, Manchester M12, failed to pay £768.68 to 1 worker.
- Polebank Care Home Ltd, Tameside SK14, failed to pay £744.65 to 7 workers.
- Sessions Spa Ltd, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17, failed to pay £739.50 to 6 workers.
- Mr Dylan Rhys Roberts trading as D R Roberts Plumbing & Heating, Denbighshire LL15, failed to pay £735.58 to 1 worker.
- Cookies and Cream Essex Ltd, Redbridge IG6, failed to pay £733.03 to 3 workers.
- Snip-Its Limited, North East Lincolnshire DN35, failed to pay £732.35 to 1 worker.
- New Images (GB) Limited, North Warwickshire CV9, failed to pay £724.97 to 4 workers.
- K E Express Limited, South Derbyshire DE11, failed to pay £669.12 to 2 workers.
- L & K Group PLC, South Lakeland LA7, failed to pay £667.95 to 1 worker.
- Excel Hair Studio (2010) Ltd, Wigan WN5, failed to pay £667.17 to 3 workers.
- The Nose Ltd trading as Pointing Dog, Sheffield S17, failed to pay £647.75 to 1 worker.
- Mrs Colette Giles trading as Enhance Beauty Clinic, Sutton SM5, failed to pay £646.45 to 1 worker.
- Kingston City Properties Limited, Cardiff CF24, failed to pay £626.01 to 1 worker.
- Stratford Upon Avon (T) Hairdressing Limited, Stratford-on-Avon CV37, failed to pay £614.12 to 1 worker.
- Chiltern Hills London Limited, Westminster W1K, failed to pay £611 to 1 worker.
- Mrs Stacey Wynn trading as Julian Smith Hair and Beauty Salon, Wakefield WF8, failed to pay £604.19 to 2 workers.
- Roadside Motors (Lurgan) Limited, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon BT66, failed to pay £601.41 to 1 worker.
- Big Tree Joinery Ltd, Lisburn and Castlereagh BT27, failed to pay £581.25 to 2 workers.
- Chinite Resourcing Limited, Barking and Dagenham RM10, failed to pay £569.84 to 1 worker.
- The Burrows Day Care Nursery (Porthcawl) Limited, Bridgend CF36, failed to pay £550.30 to 4 workers.
- TLC Hair and Beauty Limited, Bury BL8, failed to pay £533.51 to 2 workers.
- Belfast Activity Centre, Belfast BT9, failed to pay £531.68 to 1 worker.
- Automatic Process Limited trading as Safe ‘n’ Sound Nursery & Kindergarten, Wakefield WF7, failed to pay £522.54 to 2 workers.
- Mr Mark Bailey and Mr David Nicholson trading as Bailey Nicholson Grayson Solicitors, Redbridge IG8, failed to pay £491.61 to 1 worker.
- Focus Care Link Limited, Camden NW1, failed to pay £490.09 to 1 worker.
- Skills Direct Ltd, Wiltshire BA14, failed to pay £489.91 to 2 workers.
- Gifted Hairdressing Ltd, Newry, Mourne and Down BT35, failed to pay £482.37 to 1 worker.
- Amber Doran trading as Lipstick, Powder and Polish, Liverpool L25, failed to pay £477.66 to 1 worker.
- Harvey Luke Limited, Derby DE21, failed to pay £473.69 to 3 workers.
- Savi Hairdressing Limited, Peterborough PE2, failed to pay £473.49 to 1 worker.
- Umberto Giannini Hair Cosmetics Limited, Birmingham B18, failed to pay £469.92 to 5 workers.
- Mr Anton Johnson and Mrs Lesley Hudson-Nunn trading as Johnsons Hairdressing, Warrington WA1, failed to pay £460.93 to 4 workers.
- Mr Jorge Ramos trading as JR’s Pet Shop, Wirral CH46, failed to pay £458.84 to 1 worker.
- Nationwide Solution Limited trading as Nationwide Solutions, Bolton BL1, failed to pay £454.33 to 1 worker.
- United Links Community Innitiative Limited, Birmingham B33, failed to pay £452.25 to 1 worker.
- Playmates Private Day Nursery Limited, Hartlepool TS26, failed to pay £450.67 to 4 workers.
- Whistlestop Café (North Wales) Ltd trading as Whistlestop Café, Denbighshire LL18, failed to pay £433.68 to 1 worker.
- One Small Step Day Nursery Linited, Wakefield WF4, failed to pay £426.29 to 4 workers.
- Cozy Pubs Limited trading as The Eight Bells, Uttlesford CB10, failed to pay £425.26 to 1 worker.
- P. Griffiths Foods Limited trading as McDonald’s, Wirral CH62, failed to pay £420.16 to 41 workers.
- South Hetton Garage Ltd, County Durham DH6, failed to pay £417.99 to 1 worker.
- Mrs Monica A M Faria trading as West One Hair & Beauty, Swindon SN1, failed to pay £413.68 to 1 worker.
- The Wendy House (Wirral) Ltd, Wirral CH44, failed to pay £404.38 to 1 worker.
- Silverdale Care Services Limited, West Berkshire RG14, failed to pay £398.76 to 1 worker.
- Mr Christopher Whyte and Mrs Felicity Whyte trading as Beechfield House Hotel, Wiltshire SN12, failed to pay £397.17 to 10 workers.
- JMW Farms Ltd, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon BT60, failed to pay £392.98 to 1 worker.
- Quality Save Limited, Salford M27, failed to pay £391.10 to 1 worker.
- Leslie Frances (Hair Fashions) Limited, Barnsley S70, failed to pay £387.39 to 7 workers.
- The Wild Swan Limited, Swansea SA1, failed to pay £380.71 to 4 workers.
- Mr Talal Al-Arab and Mr Hani Hussain trading as Bella Pizza, Gwynedd LL55, failed to pay £377.25 to 1 worker.
- David Harvey Limited, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1, failed to pay £351.12 to 1 worker.
- Kingsthorpe Upper Crust Catering Services Limited, Northampton NN1, failed to pay £347.21 to 3 workers.
- Environmental Business Products Limited, Ealing NW10, failed to pay £346.79 to 1 worker.
- HG Marantos Ltd trading as Maranto’s Pizza & Grill House, Sheffield S12, failed to pay £345.60 to 1 worker.
- Selena Pang Limited trading as The Curious Comb, Greenwich SE10, failed to pay £343.22 to 1 worker.
- Mrs Sylvia Moffat trading as Sam’s Hairdressing, Midlothian EH22, failed to pay £343 to 1 worker.
- AL. Murad D.I.Y. Limited trading as Al-Murad Tiles, Leeds LS27, failed to pay £338.91 to 1 worker.
- Unicorn Trading & Services Ltd trading as View, Plymouth PL1, failed to pay £318.82 to 1 worker.
- Ms Kelly Miller trading as Kiddyclub, Cheshire East SK9, failed to pay £317.93 to 4 workers.
- Scallywags Child’s Play Limited, Hartlepool TS25, failed to pay £315.12 to 2 workers.
- William Armour and Matthew Armour W & J Armour trading as Milton Farm, Dumfries and Galloway DG10, failed to pay £308.57 to 1 worker.
- Sizzler Touch Limited trading as Pepe’s Piri Piri, Hounslow TW3, failed to pay £306 to 1 worker.
- Siam House Limited, Cherwell OX16, failed to pay £302.69 to 2 workers.
- Mr Euan Morrison trading as The Harbour Barbers, Inverclyde PA15, failed to pay £300 to 1 worker.
- Chester Clock Tailors Limited, Cheshire West and Chester CH1, failed to pay £294.45 to 1 worker.
- Mr Adrian Simpson trading as Mayfields, Nottingham NG8, failed to pay £283.45 to 1 worker.
- Craymere Limited trading as Topknot, Nottingham NG2, failed to pay £280.41 to 1 worker.
- Bela Luna Ltd, Slough SL2, failed to pay £279.68 to 3 workers.
- Royton Cash 4 Rags Limited, Oldham OL2, failed to pay £278.34 to 1 worker.
- Jayasuriya Ltd trading as Medway Park Veterinary Centre, Medway ME7, failed to pay £268.57 to 1 worker.
- Il Forno Limited, Liverpool L1, failed to pay £261.83 to 1 worker.
- Yorkshire Grown Produce Limited, East Riding of Yorkshire HU15, failed to pay £257.64 to 2 workers.
- Ms Mandy James trading as Prince of Wales Treorchy, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF42, failed to pay £254.34 to 1 worker.
- Pomfret Woodland Community Nursery CIC, Wakefield WF8, failed to pay £253.68 to 1 worker.
- The Fish Shop EN Limited trading as Fish Dish, Suffolk Coastal IP11, failed to pay £249.98 to 1 worker.
- Mr Clive Hubert Francis trading as Wavelength, Rushmoor GU14, failed to pay £245.91 to 3 workers.
- Omni Facilities Management Limited, Hammersmith and Fulham W6, failed to pay £242.34 to 1 worker.
- Breckland Care at Home Community Interest Company, Breckland NR20, failed to pay £240.60 to 1 worker.
- Urban Development Projects Ltd, Leeds LS9, failed to pay £237.64 to 2 workers.
- Haircut 100 Limited trading as Hot Heads, Eastleigh SO53, failed to pay £237.64 to 1 worker.
- Ms Sally Prescott trading as Milcot Stables, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17, failed to pay £233.35 to 1 worker.
- Lawyer Finder National Limited, Ealing W5 3, failed to pay £217.75 to 1 worker.
- The Krop Shop Limited, Falkirk FK4, failed to pay £208.68 to 2 workers.
- Mamas Masala Limited trading as Mamas Masala Kitchen, Derby DE21, failed to pay £207.91 to 4 workers.
- Peterborough Heating Solutions Ltd, Fenland PE7, failed to pay £205.70to 1 worker.
- 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.
- Mrs Jane Wood trading as Addition Childcare, Wiltshire SN5, failed to pay £190.15 to 1 worker.
- Myriam Rogerson trading as Beauty Plus By Myriam, South Gloucestershire BS36, failed to pay £180 to 1 worker.
- Amber U.P.V.C. Fabrications Limited, North Warwickshire B46, failed to pay £176.23 to 1 worker.
- Yorkcloud Limited trading as Lakeside Hotel & Spa, South Lakeland LA12, failed to pay £171 to 5 workers.
- S.S.C Marketing Limited trading as Capital Events Marketing, Islington N1, failed to pay £170.80 to 1 worker.
- J W Rose (Bakers) Limited trading as Roses The Bakers, Sheffield S4, failed to pay £167.32 to 2 workers.
- Ms Susan Pamela Holton and Mr Neil Barry Tucker trading as Welcome Home Domiciliary, Swale ME12, failed to pay £167.10 to 1 worker.
- Mr Glenn Dobson and Mrs Debra Dobson trading as The Beach, Leeds LS26, failed to pay £157.89 to 4 workers.
- Trevor Sorbie Brighton Limited, Brighton and Hove BN1, failed to pay £156.16 to 3 workers.
- The Cutting Room (Scotland) Limited trading as The Cutting Room, Perth and Kinross PH2, failed to pay £148.49 to 2 workers.
- Premium Halal Meat Poultry Limited, Birmingham B5, failed to pay £140 to 1 worker.
- Washbrook Farm Limited, South Northamptonshire NN11, failed to pay £135.65 to 1 worker.
- Savile Town Muslim Parents Association trading as Madni Muslim Girls School, Kirklees WF12, failed to pay £134 to 1 worker.
- Contract Joinery (Lancashire) Ltd, Wyre FY6, failed to pay £132.02 to 1 worker.
- Viva Corporate Catering Limited, Birmingham B1, failed to pay £127.91 to 3 workers.
- Mrs Zahra Lavasani trading as Piccolo Pizza, Hambleton YO7, failed to pay £123.40 to 1 worker.
- Nightingales Golden Care Limited, Portsmouth PO6, failed to pay £111.98 to 1 worker.
- Hugo 1940 Limited trading as Victor Hugo Delicatessen (Previous owner), City of Edinburgh EH9, failed to pay £109.46 to 1 worker.
- Beechvale Nursing Home Limited, Ards and North Down BT23, failed to pay £108.70 to 3 workers.
- Mrs Melanie Humphries trading as IMIJ Hair & Beauty Salon, Mansfield NG18, failed to pay £108 to 2 workers.
- UK Safety Management Ltd, Leeds LS15, failed to pay £104.40 to 1 worker.
- Millennium Hotels (West London) Management Limited, Hammersmith and Fulham SW10, failed to pay £102.94 to 1 worker.
- Mr Dilwar Singh trading as Golden Fry, County Durham DH9, failed to pay £101.35 to 1 worker.
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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
- This is the 12th round of government naming and shaming for employers who have failed to pay national minimum wage and living wage rates.
- 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.
- Any complaints that are raised with Acas, where they believe there is a NMW underpayment, will be referred to HMRC who will investigate.
- HMRC follows up on every complaint received from Acas.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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.
From 1 October 2013, the government revised the naming scheme to make it simpler to name and shame employers who break the law;
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.
- 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
- 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: Record £2 million back pay identified for 13,000 of the UK’s lowest paid workers
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Consumer Minister Margot James launches proposals to better protect travellers booking package holidays online.
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 launches proposals to better protect holidaymakers
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Government launches a call for evidence into the regulation of laser pointers, in order to address serious public safety concerns.
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: Government crackdown on misuse of laser pointers
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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.
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:
The commitment to review the cost of energy was set out on page 94 of the Industrial Strategy Green Paper
Ofgem figures show the main costs of supplying a typical domestic customer are 4% lower than at January 2015.
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.
Professor Dieter Helm – declaration of interest
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Press release: Independent review to ensure energy is affordable for households and businesses
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Statistical press release to announce the publication of the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics (DUKES) and 3 other publications.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy today (27 July 2017) releases 4 key publications:
- Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics 2017
- UK Energy in Brief
- Energy Flow Chart; and
- Energy Consumption in the United Kingdom
These provide a detailed analysis of production, transformation and consumption of energy in 2016.
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