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Roberto Mac revocation resulted from seven licence breaches, says GLA

Roberto Mac Ltd, of High Street, March, was one of two companies visited during a series of dawn raids in October last year.  

The company’s licence was immediately suspended, preventing the business from trading, and was subsequently revoked on 9 January 2014.  

Last week the police informed company director Robert Divkovic that their enquiries had concluded and he would face no criminal charges.  

However, the GLA’s revocation decision is separate from the police investigation and remains firmly in place.  

In spite of this fact, Mr Divkovic has contacted a number of local media outlets in Cambridgeshire claiming he has been & lsquo;cleared’ and complaining about his treatment at the hands of the police and the GLA. The GLA has decided to clarify the position regarding Roberto Mac Ltd with the following statement:

Roberto Mac Ltd, was visited and the licence suspended because a number of serious issues had been identified. On the day of the operation, more than 80 individuals were given assistance by Fenland District Council, the Red Cross and Salvation Army in finding alternative accommodation and work.  

The licence of the other company to be visited, Slender Contracting Ltd, also of March, was suspended on the day and later revoked with immediate effect.

After the operation, the GLA reviewed in detail how Roberto Mac’s workers were treated and checked if the company was compliant with its licensing standards. Seven separate breaches were identified and the licence was revoked with immediate effect.  

Roberto Mac Ltd’s seven breaches of Licensing Standards – five of them critical – produced a total of 166 points. A licence may be revoked once any total greater than or equal to 30 points has been recorded.  

 The GLA Licensing Standards failed by Roberto Mac Ltd were that:  

The named Principal Authority on the licence, Mr Divkovic, had not acted in a fit and proper manner

The company failed to pay its workers the National Minimum Wage

The company did not provide accurate payslips showing deductions from workers’ pay

Accommodation provided by the company for workers was unsafe

The company failed to provide workers with requisite personal protective equipment (PPE) for safety at work

Transportation for workers provided by the company took place in unsafe vehicles driven by an individual whose alcohol levels were in excess of the legal drink drive limit

The company used an unlicensed sub-contractor  

Roberto Mac Ltd is entitled to appeal the GLA’s decision and Mr Divkovic has indicated that he would like to pursue this course of action.  


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