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Another Willie Miller firm set to cease trading

Notice served on Aberdeen football legend’s company


By Rita Brown :ooh:


Published: 23/07/2010


ABERDEEN football legend Willie Miller today faced closing down another business venture.


The director of football at Aberdeen Football Club set up and ran the development firm Mildav with his longtime business partner Kevin Davidson.


Companies House served Willie Miller and Mr Davidson with notice of the closure of the property venture because the firm’s accounts are five months overdue.


Willie Miller previously ran Harry Ramsden’s and Cafe Continental at Aberdeen beach which collapsed in 2005. And his Skippers restaurant closed with outstanding debts totalling £350,000.

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The taxman will launch an investigation into Willie Miller’s failing property firm before letting it go to the wall.


The football legend’s development firm, Mildav, is being struck off because Mr Miller and his business partner have failed to submit accounts.


But the move – ordered by the UK Government’s Companies House – was suspended after an objection was lodged by someone thought to be owed money by the firm.


Last night the regulator confirmed the objection had been lodged by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).


The taxman will now investigate the “missing” two years since the company last filed accounts in May 2008 to find out whether the government is owed any money.


Mr Miller’s partner in the Mildav venture, Aberdeen lawyer Kevin Davidson, insisted that nobody was due money from the firm, which he said was winding down because they had no need for it any more.


The last accounts filed showed it had debts of little over £5,000.


Former Aberdeen FC captain Mr Miller, 55, of Queens Avenue, Aberdeen, has declined to comment on the end of the venture.


When a company is struck off, its creditors are left with no chance of getting their money back. However, the suspension of the strike-off enables the company's creditors to pursue them for any outstanding monies.


Mr Miller’s business dealings sparked anger earlier this year after another of his property-based ventures collapsed owing creditors more than £350,000.


Skipper’s restaurant – at Queens Links Leisure Park – closed 14 months after opening. Mr Miller insisted it was forced out of business by the competition of Aberdeen’s Union Square centre.


He previously ran Harry Ramsden’s and Cafe Continental at the beach through his company Fishlike.


Both folded in 2005 when Fishlike went into administration owing a total of £632,000 to more than 50 firms.


At the time, Mr Miller said the impact of a fire, which saw both restaurants forced to close for months, proved fatal to the businesses.


He is currently the Dons’ director of football.


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