Northamptonshire pub owner owed £1 million in tax

A businessman who ran five pubs in Northamptonshire, including ones in Kettering and Wellingborough, has been banned from acting as a company director for four years for not paying tax.

Frederick Ward (59) ran CT (2010), formerly known as Churchill Taverns Ltd, which was made up of five pubs, The Olde Victoria in Kettering, Rafferty’s in Wellingborough, The Kings Head in Spratton, The Sun Inn in Kislingbury and The Plume of Feathers on Daventry,

In 2008 he signed an agreement with HM Revenue and Customs to make payments of £172,000 over five years relating to historical unpaid tax.

However, he contributed just £6,000 until November 2010, when the agreement was scrapped.

Since signing the 2008 agreement he paid a further £64,000 in tax – but when his company went into administration in October 2010 he owed the treasury almost £1 million.

Following the administration, his pubs were sold to Clementines Tavern Ltd, of which Mr Ward was also a director.

Clementines then also entered into administration in August this year.

The directorship ban follows an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

The disqualification means Mr Ward will not be allowed to act as the director of a business until December 14, 2016.

Mark Bruce, from the Insolvency Service, said: “Directors who fail to pay taxes to the Crown after they have taken the money from the public, whether from customers or employees, should not expect to get away with it.

“This is cheating the system by gaining an unfair advantage over their competitors at the public’s expense and we will put a stop to it.

“Other directors tempted to follow this path should remember that if they run a business in a way that is detrimental to either its customers or its creditors they will lose the protection afforded by limited liability.”