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Second director of kitchen and bathroom company is disqualified

By Heather McGarrigle

A second director of a Co Down kitchen and bathroom company which went bust owing over £1m has been disqualified for unfit conduct.

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) accepted a disqualification undertaking from Dawne Henderson Carter (40) of Sinclair Road North, Bangor, in respect of her conduct as a director of Thomas Bell Design Centre Limited.

Ms Henderson Carter’s conduct was found to be unfit because she failed to safeguard customer deposits and failed to file accounts and tax returns.

It follows the disqualification of another director of the company, Colin Smyth (32) of Kipkarren Park, Newtownards, in October last year.

Ms Henderson Carter and Mr Smyth have each been disqualified for eight years — in the mid-range of the possible minimum and maximum boardroom bans of two and 15 years.

The company supplied and installed kitchens and bathrooms to major house developers from its premises at Glenford Road, Newtownards. It went into liquidation on May 28, 2009, with no assets and owing a total of £1.04m to creditors.

The department accepted the disqualification undertaking from Ms Henderson Carter on December 12, 2011, based on unfit conduct which was not disputed.

DETI said it brings such proceedings against directors of failed companies who have abused limited liability status through “negligence, incompetence or lack of commercial probity”.

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