Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

Three hotel directors banned for a total of 28 years

25 November 2016 by
Three hotel directors banned for a total of 28 years

Three hotel directors who ran a family chain of four hotels have been disqualified as directors for a combined period of 28 years.

Brother and sister trio Andrew Christopher Hughes, Stephen Anthony Hughes and Julie Savage were directors of Heritage Properties & Hotels, which traded through the Crab at Chieveley hotel, Berkshire; the Churston Court hotel in Brixham, Devon; the Newbury Manor hotel in Newbury, Devon; and the Park House hotel in Shifnal, Shropshire. Churston Court hotel has since changed hands.

The company went into administration, at which point creditors were owed just over £8m.

The Insolvency Service's investigation found that Andrew Hughes and Stephen Hughes, despite being previously disqualified from doing so, continued to act in the management of Heritage Properties & Hotels Ltd. They negotiated loan agreements of over £3.5m and created obligations for the company, which remained as outstanding liabilities in the administration.

Their sister Julie Savage failed to ensure that adequate trading and accounting records of the company were preserved and delivered for the company. Instead, the records were deliberately destroyed, although it is not clear who was responsible for their destruction.

Andrew Hughes was previously disqualified on 4 October 2010 and Stephen Hughes was disqualified on 25 May 2006. The current disqualification means that they are banned from acting as a director or in any way managing or controlling a company until at least May 2028. Julie Savage is disqualified from acting until 2023.

David Brooks, chief investigator, Investigation and Enforcement Services at the Insolvency Service, said:

"This investigation was hampered by the destruction of records but it was eventually possible to show the involvement of Andrew and Stephen Hughes who were acting in contravention of their disqualifications.

"If people are disqualified but then act or do so through others, the consequences for them are likely to become serious including prosecution and personal liability."

A statement from the Jonathan Smith, the current director of Churston Court Hotel said: "Further to the recent report of the Insolvency Service's disqualification of Andrew Hughes, Stephen Hughes and Julie Savage, we should like to clarify that the business at Churston Court Hotel, Devon, changed hands in October 2016. The new proprietors, and the owner of the freehold property, had no involvement whatsoever with the events giving rise to the disqualifications, and were not part of the Insolvency Service's investigation."

Seven-year ban for director who shut restaurant to avoid illegal worker fine >>

Restaurant director handed six-year ban >>

Restaurant director banned for employing illegal workers >>

The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.

close

Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking