You might imagine that Monetvino Partners' company name would be Montevino Partners Ltd and there is a Montevino Partners Ltd, which was incorporated on 17.4.2014. Thomas Roger White (DOB: 18.4.1979) is the sole director. The £1000 share capital is split between £950 for Thomas White and £50 for David Parker. However, Montevino Partners Ltd is a dormant company – accounts for a dormant company were filed to 30th April 2015 were filed on 11.1.2016.
Instead Montevino Partners is the trading name of Spirited Ventures Ltd, which was incorporated on 19.7.2013. Thomas White (appointed 6.5.2014) is now sole director. The previous sole director – John Ellis Jeffrey – resigned on 28.5.2014. Share capital is £1000 – £250 Thomas White, £225 Bilhar Singh, £250 David Parker, £100 Adrian Nurse, £115 Michael Wilson and £35 Peter Pipe.
Although Martin Edgerton Gill is credited with being the founder of Montevino Partners he has never been a director or shareholder was the company. It is not clear whether Gill still has any involvement in Montevino Partners.
Claudio Martins is profiled as wine director. Martins did work for the company from May 2014 but left by December 2014. I understand that he is not happy that he is still listed as Montevino's wine expert and is seeking to have this removed from the site.
Daniel Carnio is listed as their wine expert. However, it appears that he is also no longer with Montevino Partners. Although a Google search mentions Montevino Partners is on his Linked-in profile, there is now no mention of any involvement with Montevino Partners on his current profile.
No named wine experts apparently remain involved but Montevino Partners does still have a Michael Moore, whose brother Paul Moore of Manor Hall, Chigwell is disqualified from acting as a UK company director for 14 years – a very lengthy ban that runs from 5.12.2014 to 4.12.2028. Paul Moore was the sole director of Manor Rose Carbon Credit Ltd. Curiously it appears that the deficit is only £201.
Paul Moore's ban is set out in WIREDGOV here: Court closes web of unscrupulous landbanking and carbon credit companies that raised £6.5 million from investors. Among the companies closed was Dakota Partners International CC Limited, a land banking and carbon credits company. Michael Moore was 'responsible for the Dakota sales staff' and was paid £224,900.37 by Manor Rose on £224,900.37.
'Although Mr Moore asserts that Manor Rose had no inter-relationship with the other companies such as Dakota, it is apparent that this is not so as the provisional liquidator has reported that Manor Rose paid Mr Michael Moore, Mr Moore's brother who was responsible for the Dakota sales staff, the sum of £224,900.37 on 4 November 2010. Despite requesting an explanation from Mr Moore, through his solicitors, on 12 March 2012, Mr Moore has yet to respond.' WIREGOV
Moore has been charged with fraud and stealing more than £100,000. The case was transferred to Maidstone Crown Court with a preliminary hearing on 1st May 2015 and listed for trial on 25th January 2016.
'01-05-2015 Maidstone Crown Court 5 T20157172 / T20157173,
Michael Robert Moore
Details: For Preliminary Hearing - Case Started - May 1 2015
For Preliminary Hearing - Case to be listed for Trial on 25-Jan-2016'
It is not clear whether the trial went ahead on 25th January 2016 or whether it has been delayed.
Montevino Partners website was registered on 9.1.2014. There are no Terms & Conditions listed on the site.
I think I will probably pass on Montevino Partners – thanks.