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The largest ever list of employers who have failed to pay their staff the National Minimum Wage has been published by the government.

Nearly 200 businesses have been named and shamed, owing more than £465,000 overall, across a range of different employers including football clubs, hotels, care homes and hairdressers.

At the top of the list is high-end Wimbledon restaurant San Lorenzo Fuoriporta, popular with tennis stars Boris Becker and Andre Agassi, who owed nearly £100,000 to 30 workers.

The government confirmed that money owed to workers has been paid back to them, including the higher National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour, introduced in April for employees aged 25 and over.

Business Minister, Margot James, said: “This government is determined to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few.

“It is not acceptable that some employers fail to pay at least the minimum wage their workers are entitled to.

“We’ll continue to crack down on those who ignore the law, including by naming and shaming them”.

Football club, Brighton and Hove Albion owed one employee around £2,860, whilst Blackpool FC owed £517.88 to one worker.

The new National Living Wage, introduced earlier this year, meant that workers received a pay rise of more than £900 a year for those who had previously been working full time of the National Minimum Wage of £6.70.

Frances O’Grady, TUC general secretary, said: “Bosses who try to duck the minimum wage must have nowhere to hide. It is deeply disappointing to see so many companies fail to honour their basic obligations to their workers.

“The level of underpayment in some cases is truly eye-watering. Ministers are absolutely right to name and shame these companies, but we also need to see prosecutions for the worst offenders.

“We know that thousands more rogue employers are cheating their staff and getting away with it. The government must redouble their enforcement efforts”.

Since 2013, the government have produced 10 naming and shaming lists, recovering as much as £3.5 million arrears for nearly 13,000 workers.

Mr O’Grady continued: “The minimum wage is set to rise in the coming months. Employers must ensure that they’re paying all staff what they are legally entitled to”.

The top 15 offending employers named by the government:

  1. San Lorenzo Ltd, Wimbledon, London, owed £99,541.98 to 30 workers
  2. Premier Recruitment Ltd, Derby, owed £34,797.33 to 424 workers
  3. Regis UK Ltd, Coventry, owed £25,712.19 to 604 workers
  4. RD Resourcing Ltd, Eastleigh, Hampshire, owed £14,350.00 to 122 workers
  5. TM West Plumbing Services Ltd, Leeds, owed £12,617.76 to 2 workers
  6. Mr Ronald McConnachie, trading as Bay Newsagents, Weymss Bay, Renfrewshire, owed £12,527.97 to 3 workers
  7. SLW Ltd, trading as Sycamore Care Centre, Sunderland, owed £10,212.05 to 98 workers
  8. Kushi Care Ltd, Leicester, owed £9,726.23 to 46 workers
  9. Busy Bee Nursery (Newport-on-Tay) Ltd, trading as Little Beehive Nursery, Fife, owed £9,065.14 to 7 workers
  10. Omega Proteins Ltd, Halifax, owed £8,977.51 to 5 workers
  11. Mr Moo's Family Butchers Ltd, Billingham, Cleveland, owed £7,371.25 to 4 workers
  12. Rice Chamberlains Estate Agents Ltd, Birmingham, owed £6,580.63 to 3 workers
  13. Black Swan (Yorkshire) Ltd trading as The Black Swan Hotel, York, owed £5,836.66 to 10 workers
  14. Michael Holmes, trading as Fitzroy Builders, Newtownards, County Down, owed £5,371.76 to 2 workers
  15. Voyage 1 Ltd, Lichfield, Staffordshire, owed £5,337.73 to 3 workers