Clitheroe care home boss’s business ban

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A Clitheroe care home boss has been banned from being a company director for seven years after failing to ensure his companies kept proper books and records.

Kyle Ashley Goldsmith (41), a director of Kymo Holdings Limited, Lancashire Nursing & Residential Homes Limited and Carecroft Limited – all of which were involved with the operation of a care home in Clitheroe – was banned following a hearing at Bolton County Court.

His disqualification, active from April 24th, follows an investigation by the Insolvency Service and prevents him from acting as a company director or from managing or in any way controlling a company until 2021.

The investigation found that minimal records had been delivered up to the liquidators of the companies following their failure in 2011 and 2012, and as a result it was impossible to verify the companies’ financial dealings, in particular, the extent of their assets and liabilities, the purpose of cash transactions and the nature of inter-company transactions. As a director, Mr Goldsmith had a responsibility to make sure this was done.

Commenting on the disqualification, Robert Clarke, Group Leader of Insolvent Investigations North at the Insolvency Service, said: “Directors have a clear, statutory duty to ensure that their companies maintain proper accounting records, and, following insolvency, deliver them to the office-holder in the interests of fairness and transparency.

“Without a full account of transactions it is impossible to determine whether a director has discharged his duties properly, or is using a lack of documentation as a cloak for impropriety.

“Mr Goldsmith has paid the price for failing to do that, as he cannot now carry on in business other than at his own risk.”

The companies had a combined deficiency of more than £1.5 million, having entered separate insolvency proceedings between May 2011 and February 2012.