Builder ran firm sim­i­lar to bust one

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

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

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