Wimbledon Restaurant Director Banned From Managing Company

Local director put company into liquidation after failing to pay fine

A director of the Ahmed Tandoori restaurant in Wimbledon town centre has been banned from managing a company for six years.

Sitar Ahmed, aged 62, director of The Broadway restaurant, put his company into liquidation in 2014 after failing to pay a fine for employing an illegal worker.

The Insolvency Service announced today that it had banned him from being a company director or being involved in the management of a company for six years.

Home Office Immigration had found that the Ahmed Tandoori restaurant was employing an illegal worker in February 2013. The company was subsequently fined £5,000, but stopped trading in April without making any payment.

The business went into liquidation in November 2014, owing £47,747 to creditors.

The statement from the Insolvency Service added: "Mr Ahmed made a false statement on an application to Companies House that could have resulted in the company being dissolved."

The directors of six other UK restaurants from Lincolnshire to West Sussex were also banned for putting their businesses into liquidation to avoid paying fines for employing illegal workers.

Vicky Bagnall, Director of Investigation and Enforcement, said: “Employing illegal workers is not a victimless crime. These directors sought an unfair advantage over their competitors by employing people under the radar who were not entitled to work legally in the UK.

“It is not acceptable to use the insolvency process to escape legal sanctions. This action is a warning to other employers that if you flout the law, there will be consequences."

August 25, 2016