The director of a Birmingham supermarket company which went into liquidation a year ago has been disqualified from acting as a director for six years, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service, working with the Home Office.

Muhammad Hassan Uddin of Birmingham, a director of New Continental Supermarket Ltd from 20 May 2013 to 12 November 2014, was found in June 2013 to be employing three workers who were not eligible to work in the UK. All had been employed while Mr Uddin was a director.

The business, a supermarket went into liquidation on 12 November 2014, owing 112,243 to creditors including 12,500 in respect of a fine imposed by Home Office Immigration Enforcement for employing illegal workers.

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills accepted a 6 year Disqualification Undertaking from Mr Uddin which, from 18 November 2015, bans him from acting as a company director or from managing or in any way controlling a limited company until 2021. In addition to the Disqualification Undertaking, the company was fined 12,500 by the Home Office Immigration Enforcement.

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

Illegal workers are not protected under employment law, and as well as cheating legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities these employers defraud the taxpayer and undercuts honest competitors. This should serve as a warning to other directors who may feel tempted to break the law.

The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, makes employers responsible for preventing illegal workers in the UK. To comply with the law, a company must check and be able to prove documents have been checked prior to recruitment that show a person is entitled to work.