The director of a North East based shopfitting company, who breached the terms of and earlier disqualification has been handed an eight year disqualification for doing so.

David Thompson, who was disqualified in November 2013, continued to act as if a director in the successor company, Concept 9 Ltd.

As the director of another company - Interior Service Solutions Ltd - Mr Thompson had previously given an undertaking to the Secretary of State for failing to comply with the company?s statutory obligations to HMRC and allowing the company to trade to the detriment of HMRC. Mr Thompson?s disqualification was from 25 November 2013 to 24 May 2017.

An investigation by the Insolvency Service discovered that despite not being an appointed director of Concept 9 Ltd, Mr Thompson, 55, of Acklam, Middlesbrough, continued to act as a director in controlling the affairs of the company including being the key official who dealt with the bank and signing the vast majority of cheques issued and dealing with queries from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
on 16 August 2016, Mr Thompson gave an undertaking to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy not to act as a director for 8 years, from 6 September.

The disqualification prevents Mr Thompson from directly or indirectly becoming involved in the promotion, formation or management of a company for the duration of the order, without leave of the Court until 2024.

Robert Clarke, Group Leader of Insolvent Investigations North, which is part of The Insolvency Service said:

Directors who ignore disqualification undertakings that they have previously given, and those who provide cover for them, to allow them to continue to run limited companies will be vigorously pursued by The insolvency Service. The length of the undertakings in this case sends a clear message to the business community that such actions will not be tolerated.