Following recent investigations by the Insolvency Service, 20 directors from 16 restaurant and takeaway businesses were disqualified for employing illegal workers. The companies involved were also issued with penalty notices totalling £505,000.

During the period 1 April to 30 June 2017, 68 penalties worth £1,115,000 were issued against employers in the Midlands and East of England for employing 109 illegal workers. The region has the dubious honour of being second only to London and the South East, where 220 penalties worth £3,985,000 were issued in respect of 334 illegal workers.