Dunmow radio bosses handed 22 year director ban after "false" loan applications

PUBLISHED: 14:43 07 October 2013 | UPDATED: 14:43 07 October 2013

The bosses of a digital radio station in Great Dunmow have been banned from being directors for 22 years after providing false information to secure a loan.

The disqualifications for Robert Smith, 34, and Emily Smith, 29, former directors of Chance DAB Limited, started on 22 August 2013 and follow an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

Mr Smith and his wife, Mrs Smith, gave undertakings to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills not to act as directors or in any way manage or control limited companies for 11 years each until September 2024.

The investigation showed that Chance, which went into liquidation on 28 April 2011, applied for a loan in November 2010 from a financial institution supposedly to buy equipment.

But the funds were diverted to pay for overhead expenses. In January 2011, the company applied for a second loan from the same financial and this time stated it was to provide working capital. Again, the loan was provided.

On or around January 31, 2011, the company ceased to trade and no sales had been generated. No repayments on the loans were ever made by the company and at liquidation, it owed at least £106,248 to the financial institutions and at least 20 other creditors.

Commenting on the disqualifications, Sue MacLeod, Head of Insolvent Investigations in Birmingham, part of the Insolvency Service, said:

“Directors who seek to obtain finance from financial institutions, by providing false information show a total disregard for the finance provider and the business community generally.

“These disqualification undertakings send a clear message to other company directors that if they run a business in a way that is detrimental to either its lenders or its creditors, they will be investigated by the Insolvency Service and removed from the business environment for a long time.”

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