TWO businesses in Sankey Bridges have been fined thousands of pounds for employing illegal workers.
The businesses have been listed in the Government's quarterly round-up of companies that have had penalties issued for the use of illegal workers.
According to the data - which is updated every three months - both businesses can be found off Old Liverpool Road, in Sankey Bridges.
The Home Office releases the data into the public record four times per year, and the latest data relates to the period of October to December 2022.
In that time, the two businesses were both fined £10,000 each for employing individuals who did not have the right to work in the UK.
Those businesses were:
Famous Fade Barber (fined £10,000)
Soapy's Hand Car Wash (fined £10,000)
Both of the companies are registered at 82 Old Liverpool Road.
As per Companies House, the businesses are run by different individuals, both of whom are not British nationals.
Famous Fade Barber, according to the record, is an active company that was created in April 2022 - however, important documents for the business are overdue, and have not been submitted to the Government.
There is an application to have the business struck off the record.
Soapys Wash Ltd, however, is listed as a 'dissolved' company that ceased operation in March 2023.
On an entirely unrelated note, a new business called Soapys Valeting Ltd - registered at 82 Old Liverpool Road - was incorporated in February 2023.
The new company's owner is a former listed director of Soapys Wash Ltd.
According to the Government, there can be severe penalties for employing individuals who do not have the right to work.
Gov.uk says: "You can be sent to jail for 5 years and pay an unlimited fine if you’re found guilty of employing someone who you knew or had ‘reasonable cause to believe’ did not have the right to work in the UK.
"This includes, for example, if you had any reason to believe that:
They did not have leave (permission) to enter or remain in the UK
Their leave had expired
They were not allowed to do certain types of work
Their papers were incorrect or false