Sarah White from Manchester disqualified for 10 years for charging small businesses for fake business rates reduction*service
Sarah Elizabeth White, also known as Sarah Regan, has been disqualified from acting as a director following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.
She was director of Manchester-based Harrison Black Associates Limited, which, together with the London branch Hayden Moss Associates Limited, promised small business owners that for a fee of up to ?3,000 it would reduce their business rates.
Business owners were led to believe they were guaranteed a reduction in their rates or they would receive a full refund. Following various complaints, the Insolvency Service opened an investigation into the company under powers set out within the Companies Act 1985.
Commenting on the disqualification, Cheryl Lambert, Chief Investigator at the Insolvency Service, said:
Sarah White was purporting to offer a service she knew the company could not, and did not, provide. She took no steps to ensure that Harrison Black did what customers had paid for and what had been promised within a contract.
Taking action against her should serve as a warning to all directors that if they are abusing their position we will remove them from the marketplace.
The Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy accepted an undertaking from Sarah Elizabeth White on 11 September 2017. The disqualification is from 2 October 2017.