Notts County football club facing HMRC winding up petition

Notts County football club, currently languishing at the bottom of League Two, has revealed the club has been issued with a winding up petition from HMRC over unpaid tax

In a statement, the club said it was in an ‘ongoing dialogue’ with HMRC over payments due.  The court date for the winding up petition is 10 April.

Notts County said: ‘Club representatives have been in detailed discussions with HMRC officials since a payment became due just three weeks ago.

‘The club offered a payment plan starting on 21 February to clear the debt in full over a four-week period.

‘However, HMRC have taken what Notts County consider to be an extremely aggressive approach, which has seen HMRC issue a winding up petition against the club.

‘As a result, this winding up petition has now been listed.

‘Supporters are assured that the matter will be settled in good time.’

The club has been put up for sale by its owner and chairman, Alan Hardy. Earlier this week Hardy’s company, Paragon Interiors, went into administration, putting some 90 jobs at risk at the office fit out and refurbishment business.

In a statemen Hardy  said: ‘Further to recent reports I can confirm that administrators were appointed to Paragon Interiors Group Plc earlier.

‘Now is not the time for further comment as my focus is fully on working towards a solution, but at the right time there will be a story to be told. For now and the immediate future my attention will be on whatever I can do for the business, its employees and its creditors.’

The business employs about 90 people and has two offices, in Nottingham and Birmingham.

In a statement, a spokesman for Leonard Curtis, who have been appointed administrators,  said: ‘The joint administrators are seeking offers for the business in order to preserve jobs and maximise the return to creditors. It is understood that the company employs in excess of 90 people.’

Notts County said it had received assurances from Paragon Interiors’ administrators that they are supportive of Hardy’s attempts to sell the club.

Report by Pat Sweet

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