Mr Arnold Jacob, the director of a company running a restaurant in Leamington Spa, has given an Undertaking not to act as a company director for 5 years.

The disqualification followed an investigation by the Insolvency Service, with support from Warwickshires District Health and Community Protection team (the Team).

Mr Arnold Jacob was director of Vantom LS Ltd, which traded as the restaurant Kayal at 42 Regent Street, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 5EG, between 2010 and June 2014. During this time the Team made at least 14 visits to the premises, 2 of which were undertaken following complaints from members of the public.

As a consequence of these visits, Mr Jacob was notified of 34 breaches of food hygiene legislation. The Team also issued 5 notices requiring Mr Jacob to improve food preparation and storage at the restaurant, and conducted 2 formal interviews. In 2011 the Team issued a caution warning to Mr Jacob that he could face prosecution if he did not improve the food hygiene standards at the restaurant.

Although Mr Jacob did resolve some of the food hygiene issues, he failed overall to satisfy the Team, which deemed the restaurant not safe for the public. In July 2014, the Team successfully prosecuted the company for breaches of food hygiene legislation, resulting in the maximum fine of 20,000 being levied on the company.

The Insolvency Service subsequently disqualified Mr Jacob from acting as a director on the grounds that he had failed in his duty as a company director to ensure the restaurant complied with the relevant food hygiene legislation as required of all restaurants.

Sue MacLeod, Chief Investigator of Insolvent Investigations, Midlands & West at the Insolvency Service, said:

That directors who demonstrate such blatant disregard for legislation which is there to protect the public, can expect action will be taken by the Insolvency Service to remove them from the market place.