One flooring business have been named and shamed by the Government in its latest National Minimum Wage offenders list.

Published on 11 August 2016, a total of 197 companies, which collectively owed over £465,000 in arrears, failed to pay its workers the National Minimum Wage and have now been revealed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. All of the money owed to these workers has been paid back to them.

On the list is Shrewsbury-based Castle Carpets Ltd, who failed to pay £2,898.12 to one employee. This is one less company than the previous findings earlier this year, where two furniture companies were named.

The recent report indicates a rise of 114.1% in the total number of companies failing to pay their workers from the 92 cases back in February. Despite the rise in ‘named and shamed’ businesses, the overall amount owed is significantly less than the £1.8m previously reported.

The 197 cases named were investigated by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), with the scheme launching in October 2013 to highlight employers not complying with minimum wage regulations. The current minimum wage for adults is £6.70 per hour.

Margot James, business minster, commented: “This government is determined to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few. That means making sure everyone gets paid the wages they are owed – including our new, higher, National Living Wage (£7.20).

“It is not acceptable that some employers fail to pay at least the minimum wage their workers are entitled to. So we’ll continue to crack down on those who ignore the law, including by naming and shaming them.”

No comment has yet been received from Castle Carpets at the time of press following an enquiry from Cabinet Maker.

To view the full ‘named and shamed’ list, visit: 'Named & Shamed'.