Play centre failed to pay minimum wage

Krazy Kingdom play area
Krazy Kingdom play area

A Blackpool business has been ‘named and shamed’ after failing to pay its staff the minimum wage.

Worldflair Ltd, trading as Krazy Kingdom, which is a soft play centre based on Waterloo Road, South Shore, neglected to pay £443.07 to six workers.

Nick Boles MP.

Nick Boles MP.

It has now been ordered to pay the money back and as part of its punishment it was named on a list of 75 companies nationwide which had also flouted the rules.

Today the company blamed the failure on a misunderstanding and said all staff were now getting the proper minimum wage.

Aysha Gurgee, manager of Krazy Kingdom, said; “The minimum wage was always paid but some people were on benefits and there was a misunderstanding about what they should be paid.

“We all get paid correctly now. We’ve all got families and mortgages so of course we want to be paid properly.

When the new national living wage is introduced next April we will enforce robustly

Nick Boles

“We’re all very happy working here and the company treats us like family.”

Business Minister Nick Boles, who put the company on the list, said: “We are determined everyone who is entitled to the national minimum wage receives it.

“When the new national living wage is introduced next April we will enforce robustly.

“This means that the hard-working people of the UK will get the pay rise they deserve.”

Between them, the named companies owed workers more than £153,000 in arrears. From October the minimum wage will increase to £6.70 an hour from the current rate of £6.50, for workers aged over 21.