By Daniel Hunter

Five directors of restaurants in Yeovil, Cardiff and Newport are the latest to be banned from running companies for knowingly employing illegal workers, following investigations into three restaurant businesses by the Insolvency Service.

Abdul Boshor (43) and Samiur Rahman (24), who ran the Empire Restaurant (Cardiff) Ltd, signed undertakings banning them from acting as directors for seven and six years respectively. Abdul Kayum (46) and Rothna Begum (40), who ran the Akash Indian Restaurant in Yeovil, signed undertakings for six years. Mohammed Joynal Hye, who ran the Delhi Restaurant in Newport, has signed an undertaking not to be a director of a limited company for seven years.

In the past year, a campaign led by the Insolvency Service, working with Home Office Immigration Enforcement, has seen 27 directors and two bankrupts across the country banned from running companies for a total of 194 years for employing illegal workers. Further cases are due to come before the courts in the coming months.

Vicky Bagnall, Director of Investigation and Enforcement, at the Insolvency Service, said: "These cases show that by working together government agencies are cracking down on rogue companies and banning their directors for considerable periods of time.

"Illegal working is not victimless — legitimate jobseekers have fewer opportunities to find work, honest competitors are undercut and tax to fund essential public services is not collected."