Banbridge company director disqualified

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The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (the Department) has accepted a disqualification undertaking for seven years from the director of a hotel and commercial property rental company.

The undertaking came from Brian Scullion (55) of Old Rectory Park, Seapatrick, Banbridge, in respect of his conduct as a director of Overtown Properties Limited (“the company”).

The Department accepted disqualification undertakings for eight years from two other directors on 5 February 2015.

The Company owned and carried on business as the Seagoe Hotel, Portadown between 1997 and 2007 and also traded in commercial property rental from 2005 from Old Rectory Park, Banbridge.

It entered liquidation on 22 September 2011 with estimated total assets available for creditors of £Nil, liabilities to unsecured creditors of £285,810 and an estimated deficiency as regards creditors of £285,810.

After taking into account the losses incurred by members (the shareholders) of the company the estimated total deficiency was £285,909.

The Department accepted the disqualification undertaking from Brian Scullion on 3 April 2015 based on the following unfit conduct which solely for the purposes of the disqualification procedure was not disputed:

Causing and permitting the company to file inaccurate financial accounts for the years ended 31 march 2002 to 31 March 2007;

Causing and permitting the company to make loans to connected companies without obtaining any or sufficient security to the detriment of the company’s creditors;

Failure to maintain and/or preserve and/or deliver up adequate accounting books and records;

Causing and permitting the company to fail to pay a total of £222,780 properly payable to the Crown consisting of £32,780 in respect of VAT for the year 2009/10; and £190,000 in respect of Corporation Tax for the years ended 31 March 2008 and 31 March 2009;

Failure to file accounts for the company for the years ended 31 March 2008 and 31 March 2009;

Causing and permitting the company to fail to file Annual Returns for the years ended 23 March 2008, 23 March 2009 and 23 March 2010 within the prescribed period.

The Department has accepted five Disqualification Undertakings and the court has not yet made any orders disqualifying directors in the financial year commencing 1 April 2015.