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A second unlawful publisher shut down

A second publishing company has been wound-up in court after it falsely claimed to support the emergency services and charities to make a profit.

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The publications claimed to benefit the emergency services and associated charities

Last month, Print Monthly reported that The Hannay Partnership had been shut down after using “unscrupulous behaviour” to trick companies into paying for advertisements for three false publications claiming to support the emergency services.

It has now emerged that a second publisher was wound-up at the High Court in Manchester on September 5th, following an investigation by the Insolvency Service for similar offences.

The court heard that Liverpool-based Print Publishing, which was founded in October 2017, produced two magazines titled Crime Reaction and Attention Fire, that claimed to support the emergency services.

Using the same tactics as The Hannay Partnership, salespeople employed by Printing Publishing would cold-call local businesses, local authorities, schools and sports clubs to generate sales through advertising. Advertisers were informed that proceeds went to the emergency services and associated charities.

Print Publishing [used] dubious sales practices to elicit funds and did not have any links to charities or the emergency services

Following complaints, The Insolvency Service conducted an investigation and found no evidence of any magazines ever having been distributed to anyone other than advertisers.

Despite the company denying the accusations, the investigation concluded that Print Publishing traded with a “lack of commercial probity” by claiming to be affiliated with the emergency services. The company was also found to have used “oppressive and objectionable” sales techniques to secure funding.

Commenting on the case, Scott Crighton chief investigator for the Insolvency Service says: “Not only did Print Publishing use dubious sales practices to elicit funds and did not have any links to charities or the emergency services, the magazines were produced late and were not distributed anywhere beyond the company’s own staff.

“Following the winding-up of the company the Official Receiver will now look closely into the company’s affairs, including the conduct of the former director.”

If you have any news, please email carys@linkpublishing.co.uk or join in with the conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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