Friday, 27 Mar 2020 12:03 GMT

Third emergency services publisher wound-up

A publisher of emergency services magazines has been wound-up in court after it made its income through misleading its advertisers.

KMG Promotions was incorporated in November 2016 and self-published Crime Awareness magazine and Scorch, a fire-prevention magazine.

The High Court in Manchester heard how the firm made its money through offering prospective clients advertising space on the basis that the magazine would be sent to a local police and fire station. 

An investigation found that out of 771 paying advertisers, only 340 adverts appeared in the magazines and the number of magazines printed didn’t meet the totals promised to the advertisers.

In addition to this, the company falsely informed clients they were calling from the real emergency services and conducted aggressive sales tactics.

As a result of the court hearing, The Official Receiver has been appointed as the Liquidator. Scott Crighton, chief investigator for the Insolvency Service, comments: “As part of our enquiries, we spoke to KMG Promotions’ customers and none of them were satisfied with the level of service they received.

The company acted in an unscrupulous manner and thankfully the courts recognised the severity of their actions when they ordered for the publisher to be wound-up

“The company acted in an unscrupulous manner and thankfully the courts recognised the severity of their actions when they ordered for the publisher to be wound-up.”

This is the third occurrence of an ‘emergency services’ publisher conducting unlawful activities. In August 2019, The Hannay Partnership was wound-up in court for very similar offences regarding three quarterly magazines titled To The Rescue, Survivor, and On Call.

The firm was found to be using “unscrupulous behaviour” to trick companies into paying up to £7,500 a week in advertising.

In September 2019, Print Publishing was the second publisher to be wound-up at the High Court in Manchester for similar offences.

The firm produced two magazines called Crime Reaction and Attention Fire and claimed to support the emergency services, gaining advertising through the same tactics as The Hannay Partnership and KMG Promotions.



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