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I had worked for Nigel on and off for about 9 years.
Although I must say, they did facilitate my doing an NVQ level 3 in Professional Cookery, HACCAP, Health and Safety courses and a food hygiene certificate which I would not have been able to do otherwise.
From the beginning the constant temper tantrums mistakes and quality of the ingredients was poor, always from Booker or Morrison as other suppliers refused to deliver.
The kitchen was attached to the office and everyday there was some temper tantrum for some reason or another or a supplier or debt collector after money. It made me extremely uncomfortable. There were constant mistakes with the school ordering system of which I was on the front line having to deal with some problem everyday, to be told it was the schools fault when in fact it was always his or Tees. I was made to feel I was wrong and inadequate regularly.
I was told at the beginning I would be paid on a Monday. This only ever happened once and this was when I finally plucked up the courage to leave. And I seem to be the lucky one.
All in all he is a horrible piece of work and I am utterly ashamed to have my name associated with him.
I worked for Apricot Catering from May – December 2012. Although I was employed in a managerial capacity, I was not actually treated as a manager. The main problem was feeling very unhappy with the way Nigel ran his business, both from a point of view of his business plan and the longterm prospects for the company, and also his lack of ethics in the sourcing of food which meant he was effectively lying to clients. I also was only paid on time once (and I know I was not the only one) which Nigel explained by saying he had the right to pay people late to protect his cash flow.
I started looking for another job however when Nigel found out he sacked me with immediate effect, by email on Christmas Eve which seemed very spiteful when he knew that I was the sole earner in a family with 3 young children. To add insult to injury, when the end of the month came and I was due to be paid both wages and my notice, he only paid a fraction of what he owed me. I took him to employment tribunal for Unlawful Deduction of Wages (I had not been working for him for long enough for an Unfair Dismissal claim). The evening before the tribunal, Nigel agreed to settle in full (£3k) however the deadline came and went and he has not paid a penny.