Frederick William Wilson and Philip Michael Hyams, directors of failed training services provider Focus Four Limited (Focus) have received lengthy disqualifications after the company was found to have falsified student information to get nearly 200,000 of public funds.

The disqualifications follow investigations by the Insolvency Service which found that Focus, operating from offices in Rugby and Leamington Spa, was contracted to deliver tax-payer funded training courses to members of the public.

Investigators found that between May 2011 and January 2013 Focus had claimed funding for non-existent employees of Focus and of a sister company. Focus had also falsified the records of some genuine students by claiming they had completed courses when in fact they had dropped out.

Mr Wilson (54) of Great Bowden, Market Harborough and Mr Hyams (53) of Hinckley, Leicestershire have both given undertakings to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills, which prevent them from acting as a director of a company for 12 years each from 23 September 2014.

Commenting on the disqualifications, Susan Macleod, Chief Investigator at the Insolvency Service, said:

By falsifying information to obtain public funds in this way the company has effectively cheated the tax payer of a scarce and much needed public resource. These disqualifications should serve as a warning that if directors behave in this way, their conduct will be investigated and they will be removed from the business environment.