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UK – GLA issues warning to license seekers

27 August 2013

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) issued the following warning to inexperienced business operators applying for a licence or acting as a front for a third party – “Our robust inspection process and procedures will always find you out!”

It follows the rejection of an application from DZK Ltd, of High Street, Boston, Lincolnshire, whose manager Luisa Braga recently applied for a gangmasters’ licence. When questioned by GLA inspectors, Ms Braga could give no explanation as to why she wanted to establish a business in the industry and could provide no details on how she intended to run the business or find and service her clients.

She was also unsure about where her office would be based and was unable to estimate what the turnover of her business would be. Further concerns were raised when she revealed her only previous experience of work was as a part-time cleaner.

During the Application Inspection, Ms Braga struggled to supply answers to so many of the questions posed about the licensing standards that she requested the meeting was postponed. She then appointed a local Boston commercial consultant as her representative to act and speak on her behalf, stating that they would manage the day-to-day running of the business accounts.

That consultant was present in the second inspection interview and repeatedly made reference to agreements they had with the GLA’s senior management. No agreements exist.

GLA Chief Executive Paul Broadbent said: “Though we licence companies, they must put forward a credible Principal Authority – the named licence-holder and the individual responsible for the day-to-day management of the company.”

“That individual has to show they have competencies required to run their business effectively and in compliance with the strict standards we regulate – if they cannot do this their application will fail. This was what happened in the case of DZK Ltd.”

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