Belfast Telegraph

Boardroom ban for Derry pair who ran agricultural machinery firms

A husband and wife from Co Londonderry have been banned from the boardroom after action taken at the High Court over the management of two businesses.

Graham Robinson (52) of Barr Cregg, Claudy, and Jennifer Robinson (53) of Feeny Road, Dungiven were disqualified as directors for 11 and nine years respectively over their conduct as bosses of agricultural machinery businesses Agrispares and Agri Machinery.

Mr Robinson's 11-year ban, just four years short of the maximum 15, falls within the top bracket of disqualification periods over 10 years, reserved for particularly serious cases.

Agrispares (NI) Limited, which bought and sold agricultural parts, went bust in December 2010 owing £77,000.

Charges of unfit conduct brought by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment alleged the Robinsons failed to pay the taxman just over £31,413 in PAYE, national insurance contributions and Vat from 2007 to 2011.

They were also accused of submitting annual returns late over eight years from 2000 to 2007 and of failing to file them from 2008 to 2010.

The couple was also charged with filing late annual accounts for Agrispares over nine years, between 2000 to 2009.

Mr Robinson was also found unfit over his failure to provide a statement of affairs and for acting as a de facto director while bankrupt.

His wife was also deemed unfit in respect of her conduct as a director of Agrispares by turning a blind eye to her husband acting as a director despite being bankrupt.

Agri Machinery (NI) Limited, which bought and sold machinery, went under in January last year with losses totalling just over £209,000.

Allegations of unfit conduct against the couple over that company included the failure to pay nearly £48,000 in PAYE, national insurance and Vat intermittently over periods from 2007 to 2011.

The company's bosses were also accused of filing annual returns late for 2008 and 2009 as well as failing to provide one at all for 2010 and filing accounts late in 2007 and 2008 while none were received for 2009.

Mr Robinson was further accused of failing to "fully co-operate with the Official Receiver".

Belfast Telegraph