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Bradford Bulls are warned to file annual return
Bradford Bulls’ new owners have been warned they must file the company’s overdue annual return or the business faces being struck off.
OK Bulls, which runs the Super League club, was due to file its first annual return – a document which provides a snapshot of vital company information – before September 27.
Business registration body Companies House says the deadline was missed and it sent a letter on November 12 warning it must file the requested details within ten days.
But yesterday, a spokesman confirmed it had still not received the information, adding: “Within the next ten days we will put a notice in the [London] Gazette to see if there are any objections to us striking off the company. They will then have three months to respond.”
When contacted by the Telegraph & Argus last night, Bulls’ chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul said the club’s directors Mark Moore, Andrew Calvert and Ian Watt would file the annual return, which is more than two months late.
“It will be tonight or first thing tomorrow morning,” he said.
Asked why there had been a delay, Mr Hunter-Paul said at the time of the annual return the company’s shares had been in the name of former owner, Bradford restaurant boss Omar Khan, and previous general manager and owner Ryan Whitcut.
Mr Khan stepped down from the club on Wednesday, September 25 – two days before the annual return was due. Mr Whitcut left last month after it emerged he would fail the Rugby Football League’s fit and proper person test.
“The transfer of shares is still ongoing with Omar,” Mr Hunter-Paul added.
However, he insisted that would not delay them filing the annual return, which he said has had no impact on the club trading.
Earlier this month, the club’s new directors revealed the club is facing a fresh financial crisis and must make £400,000 of savings across the business over the next 12 months to survive.
A number of cutbacks last week saw staff redundancies, wage reductions based on hours worked and overall budget cuts.
Companies House says a business must file an annual return within a year and 28 days of its incorporation. The document must include details such as the details of the company’s directors, shareholdings, the nature of the business and its registered office.
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