Cou­ple are dis­qual­i­fied from be­ing di­rec­tors

In­sol­vency Ser­vice probe

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - DAVID GODSALL [email protected]­plc.com

A MAR­RIED cou­ple who ran a print­ing com­pany in Birstall have been dis­qual­i­fied from be­ing com­pany di­rec­tors for a to­tal of 14 years.

Sticky Print was in­cor­po­rated in April 2014, with Stephen Clarke (49), from Birstall, ap­pointed as the only di­rec­tor.

The com­pany pro­vided dig­i­tal, graphic and sig­nage print ser­vices in the Le­ices­ter­shire area and later in June 2016, Amanda Clarke (45) was ap­pointed as a di­rec­tor, fol­low­ing her hus­band’s res­ig­na­tion.

How­ever, just over three years later, Sticky Print en­tered into liq­ui­da­tion in Au­gust 2017, ow­ing £85,795 to cred­i­tors.

This trig­gered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the In­sol­vency Ser­vice and in­ves­ti­ga­tors found that Mr Clarke, who had been in­volved in the print­ing in­dus­try for a num­ber of years, had been dis­qual­i­fied from act­ing as a di­rec­tor for three and a half years in June 2016.

This took place while he was run­ning Sticky Print and was con­nected to his con­duct when he was a di­rec­tor of a pre­vi­ous com­pany, Think Plan B Lim­ited, where Mr Clarke was banned for fail­ing to en­sure the com­pany com­plied with its tax obli­ga­tions.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors es­tab­lished that Mr Clarke con­tin­ued to run Sticky Print in breach of his ban de­spite his for­mal res­ig­na­tion as a di­rec­tor, ap­point­ing his wife as di­rec­tor af­ter his dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion came into ef­fect.

On Oc­to­ber 30, 2018, the Sec­re­tary of State ac­cepted a dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion un­der­tak­ing from Mr Clarke who ad­mit­ted con­tin­u­ing to act as a di­rec­tor of Sticky Print Lim­ited in con­tra­ven­tion of the terms of the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion un­der­tak­ing he agreed to on May 22, 2016. His ban is ef­fec­tive from Novem­ber 20, 2018, and lasts for eight years.

Also on Oc­to­ber 30, 2018, the Sec­re­tary of State ac­cepted a dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion un­der­tak­ing from Amanda Clarke af­ter she ad­mit­ted to al­low­ing Mr Clarke to con­tinue to act as a di­rec­tor of Sticky Print Lim­ited in con­tra­ven­tion of the terms of his pre­vi­ous dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion. Amanda Clarke’s ban is ef­fec­tive from Novem­ber 20, 2018, and lasts for six years.

Jane Knight, deputy head of in­ves­ti­ga­tions, at the In­sol­vency Ser­vice, said: “Stephen Clarke know­ingly breached the terms of his dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion, thereby putting the com­pany’s cred­i­tors at risk.

“His dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion means that he will not be able to run a lim­ited com­pany for eight years and will help to pre­vent fu­ture losses to sup­pli­ers.

“Amanda Clarke’s dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion means that she will not be able to pro­vide Stephen Clarke with the op­por­tu­nity to run a lim­ited com­pany in the fu­ture.

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