Kidderminster resident Harriet Alexandra Noakes, the director of Relish Skincare Limited, was banned from acting as a director for three-and-half years for failing to pay taxes, following investigations by the Insolvency Service.

The disqualification, which started on 11 September 2013, prevents her from managing or controlling limited companies until February 2017.

The Insolvency Service investigation showed that Miss Noakes, 22, failed to pay tax due totalling 328,785 for the whole of the trading period between September 2009 to the date of liquidation to HM Revenue and Customs. During this time Relish Skincare Limited, which used the trade name Karin Herzog, received and expended 1,711,500 through the company bank account with no payments being made in respect of VAT and PAYE/NIC liabilities.

The company went into voluntary liquidation on 25 May 2012 with debts of 327,927.

Ms Noakes father, David Noakes, had previously given a Bankruptcy Restriction Undertaking (BRU) for four years on 24 September 2010, following his bankruptcy in November 2009.

The BRU resulted from an investigation by the Insolvency Service which showed that, between October 2006 and November 2009, Mr Noakes traded as a seller of skin care products under the same trading style and from the same addresses as his daughters company. He had also failed to pay tax worth 128,009.

Commenting on the disqualification, Sue Macleod, Head of Insolvent Investigations Midlands and West, said:

"It is not acceptable to disregard tax liabilities, failure to pay taxes deprives the taxpayer of the funds needed to operate public services and the Insolvency Service will take robust action against those who do so.