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News : Company Owned by TV Call Centre Boss Nev Wilshire Fined
Swansea, Wales, June 7, 2016 -- A company owned by businessman and reality TV star Nev Wilshire as part of his new Indian Call Centre series has been fined £350 for not having a data licence.
Swansea Magistrates Court heard that the name and website Money Saving Champions were bought in the UK in preparation for the Delhi series.
However the firm didn't apply for a data processing licence from the Information Commissioner.
Wilshire, director of the Mount Pleasant-registered company, appeared in court in person this morning to plead guilty to an offence under the Data Protection Act between September 2015 and April 2016.
He told the court that only eight people had viewed the company's website - four people from his own marketing department, and four from the Information Commissioner's Office (IOC).
He said: "The circumstances of the company Money Saving Champions are different from normal.
"Every company I have ever had has had IOC licences - we process data in accordance with the law.
"I was asked to set up a call centre in India, but it takes six months to open a company or bank account in India.
"We bought the company, domain name and website months before the programme ever aired.
"Money Saving Champions in India would have had a licence to trade in India. This is an administration oversight on our part - I am sorry.
"Money Saving Champions Ltd has never had a bank account - we just bought it to stop anybody else from stealing our thunder."
Money Saving Champions was fined £350 and ordered to pay £493.75 costs.
Speaking after the case, Wilshire said he was grateful to the magistrates for taking the mitigating factors into account.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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