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Da Mario’s boss and chef struck off

Insolvency Service clamps down on disqualified pair

Published on March 3rd 2011.

Da Mario’s boss and chef struck off

Two men involved in running four Leeds restaurants – including Da Mario’s on The Headrow - have been disqualified from acting as company directors after an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

Restaurateur Mahmood Hashmi and executive chef Alistair Sampson have been banned for fourteen years and six years respectively as a result of their involvement in the failure of their restaurant businesses in the Leeds and Harrogate areas.

Hashmi was found to have contravened an undertaking signed in 2003 not to manage or in any way control a company or be a director for a period of eight years, by being involved in the management of Bellini’s Restaurant Limited, Boomtown Limited, Campagna Restaurants (Leeds) Limited, and Julden Limited, which all went down in 2008.

The companies traded as which traded as Bellini’s Restaurant, on Otley Road in Leeds; Fat Franco’s Restaurant on New Road Side in Horsforth; Da Mario’s Restaurant, on The Headrow in Leeds and Pinnochio’s Restaurant in Harrogate.

The businesses owed creditors almost £700,000. Because he acted whilst disqualified, Hashmi is now personally liable for these debts.

Claire Entwistle, head of company investigations North, said: “The disqualification regime exists to protect others from the improper actions of directors. As this case demonstrates, The Insolvency Service will deal robustly with those found to have acted in the management of a company while disqualified”

The Insolvency Service found that Hashmi was sufficiently involved in the management and decision making of the companies despite not officially being a director.

The investigation also found that Hashmi and Sampson had caused or allowed monies totalling £86,500 received by Boomtown Limited in respect of the sale of the Fat Franco’s Restaurant to be paid to connected parties to the detriment of its creditors.

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