The old boss of an under-fire company which owes money to an ex-employee has issued a statement after two more former workers accused the business of not paying them on time.
KerbEdge Restaurants Ltd owes former chef Lee Stoker more than £2,700, with the 44-year-old yet to receive a penny despite a tribunal ruling in his favour in June 2018.
It has been reported that the company is now going through the insolvency process and a former director has revealed how the business “fell upon hard times”.
He said: “While KerbEdge was still an operating business we always did our best to be transparent and clear with our employees.
“Unfortunately due to circumstances not in our control, the business fell upon hard times and struggled to continue.
“We were a passionate business of Hull local that always strived to create something great for our city but found things difficult in our later stages.
“We were all deeply saddened by this and did everything we could to manage the situation and continue to build the business we had put so much time and effort into creating.”
KerbEdge went into administration in October 2018 and the KerbEdge brand has since been carried on by another company.
After the KerbEdge restaurant in Princes Avenue was shut, a “new and separate business” called Crafted opened in its place.
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The ex-director said: “After closing KerbEdge our building was saved by new owners and jobs were secured thanks to their support.
“Crafted is a new and separate business but has tried to carry on the legacy of things people loved about KerbEdge while correcting other things.
“The new owners and staff have put great effort into ensuring our staff are happy and looked after to ensure no one is ever left in a similar position.
“We are saddened that links are being made between two separate businesses and our hope is to build a brand in the city that its locals can be as proud of as we are.”
He said Crafted has never had any issues with payments and said that all of the restaurant’s staff are “happy and proud to be part of the Crafted family”.
However, two ex-KerbEdge employees – Sam Tempest-Fuller and Alex Tulley – have accused their former boss of not paying them on time.
Mr Tulley, 20, who worked in the kitchen, said: “I was there a year and I reckon I got paid on time and in full maybe twice at most in a year.
“I was always texting asking for wages and it got the point where people refused to work. Wages were never paid in full and it led to a lot of people leaving.”
Mr Tulley, who lives in the Avenues, said he eventually left the business after finding a job which he felt had “more security”. He claims he had to chase the pay packet for his last month of working at KerbEdge after the company allegedly failed to pay him on time.
He said: “There was a really bad work ethic. Everyone turned up miserable because they were not getting paid and no one had any inclination to work because they were not getting paid.
“When you work for something you expected to get paid for it which wasn’t happening.”
Mr Tempest-Fuller started working at KerbEdge when he was 17 and was employed with the company for 18 months. He also alleges that there were times when he was not paid on time and he claims he is still owed £150 by KerbEdge.
He said: “I constantly had to text and message him. I kept getting excuses that it takes a few days to transfer through and when they opened up the Sheffield branch the pay just stopped completely for a month or two until we went to the Princes Avenue restaurant.
“We were given wages. Mine was £600 but I only got given £450 and I’ve given up trying to get the remaining £150.”
The former director of KerbEdge says Mr Tulley and Mr Tempest-Fuller were both paid in full for their work.
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