Builder ran firm similar to bust one
A GWYNEDD builder has been spared jail after admitting running a company with a name similar to a firm that had gone bust.
John Gwilym Jones, 51, of Bryn Hedd, Mynytho, near Pwllheli, was a director of J&C Jones (Building Contractors) which went into liquidation in November, 2013, with debts of £795,000.
He had been appointed a director of J & S Jones Building Contractors Ltd when the firm was set up in July, 2013, a judge at Caernarfon Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Dafydd Roberts said the liquidation of a company meant similar sounding names could not be used for five years.
Insolvency Service investigators wrote to Jones on three occasions warning him the name of the new company was too similar to the old firm.
Mr Roberts said Jones’ accountant had replied to one warning apologising for an “inadvertent breach”.
In July, 2014, the company name was altered with the Jones dropped and the title J & S Building Contractors Ltd adopted, but this was still unacceptable for the Insolvency Service.
During an interview with investigators in June last year, Jones claimed he had a verbal agreement with officials about the company name but was unable to provide any proof, added Mr Roberts.
Jones told the investigators the signs on the business had not been changed on vehicles and buildings due to cost implications, added Mr Roberts.
Jonathan Austin, defending, said Jones was highly thought of as a builder and submitted a number of testimonials.
He urged the judge to exercise his discretion and not disqualify Jones as a director, because that would have adverse effects on 10 employees and a further 10 sub-contractors who were working on building projects.
“He is keen to carry on in business and has very satisfied customers,” Mr Austin said.
Judge Huw Rees told Jones the use of a prohibited name for his business was a serious matter and he could have been jailed for up to two years.
“The aggravating feature in this case is that you ignored three warnings from the Insolvency Service. On the other hand, there is mitigation and you have pleaded guilty,” he said.
Jones was made the subject of a 12-month Community Order and told he must carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. He must also pay £2,500 costs.
THE grounds of a Gwynedd country home could house a holiday unit development under plans submitted to the council.
A scheme for 13 units is planned for the land around Glynllifon, in Llanbedrog – a former restaurant and currently a holiday property.
A previous attempt to build 16 holiday let units on the land was turned down and now a revised project has been submitted to council planners.
The planning statement says: “The proposal includes for the full retention of the existing Glynllifon holiday home building, to be used as a manager’s unit, office and ancillary facilities (gym/dining/ laundry) and the creation of 13 self-serviced holiday lets.
“These will be of a contemporary design and offer a high-quality type of self-serviced accommodation, providing visitors with a greater level of choice within the area, which, in turn, would assist in boosting the local economy.
“The proposed units are split into a number of terraces, where the scale and heights of the new-build blocks are to maintain a domestic scale, more appropriate to the site and reflecting the two-storey nature of the existing Glynllifon Holiday Home.
“This forms a height reduction of one storey in comparison to the previous pre-application proposals.”
The fresh application has been submitted to Gwynedd council. Holiday units are being proposed for the grounds of Glynllifon, inset, in Llanbedrog