GLAA revokes recruitment agency’s licence as trio deemed ‘not fit and proper’

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has immediately revoked a Lincolnshire-based recruitment agency’s licence following investigations.

GLAA investigations revealed the agency was being managed by three people the authority considered to be not fit and proper.

A statement, released by the GLAA this morning, reveals an inspection of Sunrise East Ltd by GLAA officers in May 2019 found that its principal authority Tracey Doughty had no control over the company or any idea how it was run.

Further investigations led the GLAA to conclude that firm was controlled by Gavin Overton, Ricky Gutteson and Ian Tebbs. The trio was involved with Boston-based Go Solutions Ltd, a recruitment agency, which had its GLAA licence revoked in December 2017 after inspectors discovered a multitude of failings. Sunrise East’s office in Boston is at the same address from where Go Solutions operated.

HM Revenue & Customs also confirmed to the GLAA that the business owed a substantial amount to them.

The firm chose not to appeal the GLAA’s decision.

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