William Reginald Haigh, the director of NGR Technology Limited, a company that provided IT support from premises in Sandy, Bedfordshire, has been disqualified from acting as a director for four years for failing to pay tax. The disqualification follows an investigation by The Insolvency Service.
Mr Haigh, 54, has given an undertaking to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills that he will not act as a director of a limited company for four years with effect from 3 December 2012.

NGR Technology Ltd went into administration in March 2011. The Insolvency Service investigation showed that at that time the company owed 363,855 to its creditors, including 166,507 in unpaid tax to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Between April 2009 and March 2011 the company incurred PAYE debts of 142,566 but paid just 21,373 to HMRC.

The company also incurred VAT debts of 35,205 from July 2009 to March 2011. It paid 11,500 of the amount owed. HMRC submitted a proof of debt of 21,703 in respect of VAT.

Commenting on the disqualifications, Mark Bruce, a Chief Examiner at The Insolvency Service said:

Failure to pay taxes to the Government while at the same time deducting it from members of the public is a very serious matter and the law rightly treats it as such.

The undertaking signed by William Haigh sends a clear message to other company directors; if you run a business in a way that is detrimental to either its customers or its creditors you will be in our sights. The Insolvency Service will investigate you and you could be removed from the business environment.