Grantham store has premises licence taken away
A shop in Grantham has had its licence to sell alcohol revoked after it employed an illegal worker.
South Kesteven alcohol licensing sub-committee revoked the premises licence of Today’s Express, in Market Place, Grantham.
On Friday, after hearing all the evidence, the committee agreed with the police that the premises had been undermining licensing objectives by employing an illegal worker and failing to abide with all the conditions on their premises licence. The business owners have 21 days to appeal. If they don't appeal, the licence will be revoked immediately.
Sgt Kim Enderby, alcohol licensing manager for the county, said: “We initially visited the store on a routine enquiry as they were looking to extend their opening hours. My team encountered a male working in the store, who was barred from any form of employment due to his immigration status. The owners had failed to show due diligence and carry out the simple right to work checks that would have prevented this situation.
"The employment of illegal workers can lead to the exploitation of the worker and gives the store unfair advantage over other businesses in the area which are operating legitimately. We found that they were paying the male and another female employee only £5 per hour, well below the current minimum wage. We seized over 300 cans of alcohol being sold below the mandatory price and the owners have been unable to produce receipts that proved legitimate purchase of this alcohol. There were problems with staff training and the CCTV system was not recording correctly. These were all issues that you would not expect to encounter at a responsible Licensed Premises.
"There is certain criminal activity that licensing legislation states should be treated particularly seriously. The employing of a person disqualified from that work, by reason of their immigration status in the UK, is one of those offences. This decision to revoke the licence sends a clear deterrent message to all stores that they need to ensure they correctly check and record the status of the staff they employ and we expect them to know and enforce the conditions on their licence.
"We do everything we can to promote and encourage lawful and responsible selling of alcohol. Those premises that fail or refuse to do this will have action taken against them."