The Directors present their Report and Audited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2023.

Results and dividends

The results for the year are set out on page 20.

The Directors do not recommend the payment of a final dividend for the year (2022: nil).


The following Directors have held office since 1 April 2022 and have all served for the entire accounting year: N A C Lott

P A Treadaway

G Thorneycroft

Dr P Challinor

Director’s resignations during the year

J Dubois – 23 March 2023

The Company has in place an insurance policy in relation to Directors indemnity during both years.

Conflicts of interest

Under the articles of association of the Company and in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act 2006, a Director must avoid a situation where he has, or can have, a direct or indirect interest that conflicts, or possibly may conflict with the Company's interests. However, the Directors may authorise conflicts and potential conflicts, as they deem appropriate. As a safeguard, only Directors who have no interest in the matter being considered will be able to take the relevant decision, and the Directors will be able to impose limits or conditions when giving authorisation if they think this is appropriate. During the financial year ended31 March 2023, the Directors have authorised no such conflicts or potential conflicts.

Directors’ interests in the shares of the Company, including family interests, at 31 March 2023 were as follows: -  

31st March 2023

31st March 2022

Ordinary shares of 0.1p each

Ordinary shares of 0.01p each

N Lott



P Treadaway



G Thorneycroft



Ordinary shares No.

Shareholding %

Forum Energy Services Limited



Peterhouse Capital Limited



Paul Arthur Treadaway



Christopher Charles Johnson



Other substantial shareholdings

As at 14 December, 2023, being the latest practicable date before the issue of these financial statements, the Company had been notified of the following shareholdings which constitute 3% or more of the total issued shares of the Company at that date.

Statement of directors’ responsibilities

Company law requires the Directors to prepare financial statements for each financial year. Under that law the Directors have elected to prepare the consolidated financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards adopted in the UK (“UK adopted IFRS”) and the Company financial statements in accordance with FRS 102 and applicable law. Under Company law the Directors must not approve the financial statements unless they are satisfied that they give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Group and of the profit or loss of the Group for that year. In preparing these financial statements, the Directors are required to:

The Directors are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that are sufficient to show and explain the Group’s transactions and disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the Group and enable them to ensure that the financial statements comply with the Companies Act 2006. They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the Company and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.

They are further responsible for ensuring that the Strategic Report and the Report of the Directors and other information included in the Annual Report and Financial Statements is prepared in accordance with applicable law in the United Kingdom.

The maintenance and integrity of the Group website is the responsibility of the Directors; the work carried out by the auditors does not involve the consideration of these matters and, accordingly, the auditors accept no responsibility or any changes that may have occurred in the accounts since they were initially presented on the website.

Legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of the accounts and the other information included in annual reports may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

Corporate Governance Statement

The Board of the Group recognise the value of good corporate governance and implemented corporate governance procedures during the previous year and continued to use these during the financial year to 31 March 2022. These procedures are appropriate for the present size of the entity having given due regard to the Corporate Governance Code for Small and Mid-Size Quoted Companies issued by the Quoted Companies Alliance (“QCA”). The Company has decided to apply the QCA Corporate Governance Code (“QCA Code”) issued by the QCA in May 2018 and has published on its website details of the QCA Code, how the Company has complied with the QCA Code and, where it departs from the QCA Code, an explanation of the reasons for doing so. The Board has considered the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting requirements and conclude that the Group has not consumed more than 40,000 kWh of energy and therefore qualifies as a low energy user and is exempt from reporting under these regulations.  

Board Structure

The Board consists of four Directors (2022: four) of which three are executive and one non-executive, two executive and one non-executive directors hold shares in the Group.

The Board meets as and when required and is satisfied that it is provided with information in an appropriate form and quality to enable it to discharge its duties. All Directors are required to retire by rotation with one quarter of the Board seeking re-election each year.

Due to the current size of the Group, the duties that would normally be attributed to The Nomination Committee, have been undertaken by the Board as a whole.

The Board has undertaken a formal assessment of the auditor's independence and will continue to do so at least annually. This assessment includes:

Internal Controls

The Board is responsible for the Group's system of internal controls and for reviewing their effectiveness. The internal controls are designed to ensure the reliability of financial information for both internal and external purposes. The Directors are satisfied that the current controls are effective with regard to the size of the Group. Any internal control system can only provide reasonable, but not absolute assurance against material mis- statement or loss. Given the size of the Group, the Board has assessed that there is currently no need for an internal audit function.

Financial Instruments

The Group’s principal financial instruments comprise cash at bank, bank loans, other loans and various items within current assets and current liabilities that arise directly from its operations. The Directors consider that the key financial risk is liquidity. This risk is explained in the section headed ‘Principal risks and uncertainties’ in the Annual Report and Accounts in the Chief Executive Officer’s Report

Future Developments

Information relating to future developments is included in the Strategic Report.

Post Balance Sheet Events

Following the year end, the Group accepted an offer on Orchard House of £940,000 less costs of sale, with the proceeds being used to clear the outstanding loan owed to Paragon Mortgages of £698,060 , a partial loan repayment of £176,000 being made to Mr G Howard, payment of creditors of £53,189.

On 18 August , the Company issued 125,000,000 new ordinary shares of 0.1p fully paid up in cash at 0.1p per share under a placing raising £125,000 before expenses.

Provision of information to auditor

Each of the persons who are Directors at the time when this Directors’ Report is approved has confirmed that:


The auditor, MHA, will be proposed for re-appointment in accordance with Section 489 of the Companies Act 2006. Following a rebranding exercise on 15 May 2023 the trading name of the company’s independent auditor changed from MHA MacIntyre Hudson to MHA.

This report was approved by the Board and signed on its behalf.

Paul Treadaway

15 December 2023

Annual report & consolidated financial statements 2023

31st March 2023

31st March 2022

Deferred shares - 0.9p each

Deferred shares - 0.9p each

N Lott



P Treadaway