The sole director of kids furniture retailer Belle Maison Direct has been disqualified from running other companies for six years after squirrelling away a six-figure sum to avoid paying taxes.


Rebecca Dale-Essex, of London, knowingly removed £121,500 over a 24-day period prior to the company going into liquidation last April, The Insolvency Service said in a press release announcing her disqualification.

She was the sole director of Belle Maison Direct, which sold children’s furniture until its collapse in the spring of last year, with creditors out of pocket by £140,314 in all.

Martin Gitner, deputy chief investigator of insolvent investigations, Midlands and West at the Insolvency Service, said: "Rebecca Dale-Essex deliberately removed significant amounts of cash from the company that was for her own benefit, leaving little, if anything, for the creditors of her company.

"Company directors should note that the Insolvency Service will investigate and remove them from the business environment if they have acted to the detriment of the company creditors."

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