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Northern Ireland pub's ex-owners disqualified as directors

By Margaret Canning

Published 11/10/2016

The ex-owners of the Wildfowler Inn have been banned from the boardroom
The ex-owners of the Wildfowler Inn have been banned from the boardroom

The former owners of the Wildfowler Inn, a well-known pub on the Ards Peninsula, have received boardroom bans of seven years after their firm went bust owing £175,000.

Sandra Kelso (60) of Portaferry Road in Greyabbey and Barry McCoubrey (39) from Helen's Bay were disqualified over their conduct as bosses of ATCO (NI) Ltd, which ran the Greyabbey pub and restaurant.

They were banned for seven years each for misconduct including failing to pay tax of over £100,000 and failing to file annual returns. Their company went into liquidation two years ago.

Ms Kelso accepts misconduct, including allowing the company to keep back just over £140,000 in taxes. She also accepted that she didn't co-operate with the liquidator and did not give access to books and records when asked. Ms Kelso also failed to file annual returns on two occasions and annual accounts for one year.

Her fellow director Mr McCoubrey from Carolsteen Avenue in Helen's Bay also failed to co-operate with the liquidator and did not file an annual return and annual accounts for one year. He also held back almost £111,000 in taxes owned to the Crown.

The pub and restaurant are still open.

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