A Manchester based company which offered to manage the 'Google My Business' (formerly 'Google Places') listings of its customers, was placed into provisional liquidation on 10 February 2015, following an investigation by Company Investigations, part of the Insolvency Service.
OPMC had been the subject of a significant volume of complaints during its two-and-a-half year trading history, including from Google itself, which included allegations that it was misrepresenting itself as Google or an affiliate of Google and that it subjected its customers to threats and intimidation in order to collect funds it claimed were owed to it. The company operated out of trading premises at 23 New Mount Street, Manchester, from where it cold called prospective customers.
The role of the provisional liquidator is to protect assets in the possession or under the control of the company pending the determination of the petition. The provisional liquidator also has the power to investigate the affairs of the company insofar as it is necessary to protect assets including any third party or trust money or assets in the possession of or under the control of the company.
The case is now subject to High Court action and no further information will be made available until the petition to wind up the company is heard in the High Court in Manchester on 13 April 2015.
Notes to editors
The registered office of On Line Platform Management Consultants Limited (CRO No. 07923997) is at Suite 125, 23 New Mount Street, Manchester, M4 4DE. The petition to wind up the company was presented under s124A of the Insolvency Act 1986 on 03 February 2015. The Official Receiver was appointed as Provisional Liquidator of the company on 10 February 2015. Company Investigations, part of the Insolvency Service, uses powers under the Companies Act 1985 to conduct confidential fact-finding investigations into the activities of live limited companies in the UK on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS). Further information about live company investigations is available here
The Insolvency Service administers the insolvency regime, investigating all compulsory liquidations and individual insolvencies (bankruptcies) through the Official Receiver to establish why they became insolvent. It may also use powers under the Companies Act 1985 to conduct confidential fact-finding investigations into the activities of live limited companies in the UK. In addition, the agency authorises and regulates the insolvency profession, deals with disqualification of directors in corporate failures, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice. Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.
All public enquiries concerning the affairs of the company should be made to: The Official Receiver, Public Interest Unit, 2nd Floor, 3 Piccadilly Place, London Road, Manchester, M1 3BN. Tel: 0161 234 8531 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.