Garage owner disqualified for trading whilst insolvent
Russell Gwyn Williams was disqualified from acting as a director on 23 June 2015 for seven years for trading to the detriment of creditors between 25 January 2013 and 14 August 2013 whilst Bets Centres Ltd, a garage repairer and MOT specialist, was insolvent, incurring further liabilities of £106,097, including £89,134 to the Crown for PAYE/NIC and VAT.
Mr Williams (61) also personally benefitted by causing £107,200 in transactions to the detriment of creditors from 25 January 2013 and June 2013.
The disqualification, which follows an investigation by the Insolvency Service, and Mr Williams has given an undertaking to the Secretary of Sate for Business, Innovation and Skills, which prevents him from becoming involved in the promotion, formation or management of a company until 2022.
Sue MacLeod, Chief Investigator of the Insolvency Service, commented:
In investigating insolvent companies, the Insolvency Service always looks very closely at individuals who demonstrate a disregard for creditors and appropriate action is taken where wrongdoing is uncovered.
Notes to Editors
Bets Centres Ltd (CRO No. 04565073) was incorporated on 16 October 2012.
Russell Gwyn Williams Date of birth is 30 March 1954.
The company’s trading addresses were:
- Bets Service Centre Barry, Cardiff Road, Barry CF63 2PQ
- Bets Service Centre, Llanisant, Mwyndy Garage, Mwyndy Llantrisant, Pontyclun, CF72 8PN. An unrelated business, Bets Autos Limited, now trades from this address.
- Bets Service Centre Thornhill, Thornhill Garage, Heol Llannishen Fach, Cardiff CF14 6RG.
Bets Centres Ltd was subject to a creditors’ voluntary liquidation on 14 August 2014 and had an estimated deficiency of £373,803.
A disqualification order has the effect that without specific permission of a court, a person with a disqualification cannot:
- act as a director of a company
- take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership
- be a receiver of a company’s property
In addition that person cannot act as an insolvency practitioner and there are many other restrictions are placed on disqualified directors by other regulations. Disqualification undertakings are the administrative equivalent of a disqualification order but do not involve court proceedings. Further information on director disqualifications and restrictions is available.
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