Telford-based distributor Enta Technologies is taking legal advice after Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs incorrectly notified the London Gazette that it had issued a winding-up order against the company.
The official journal of record yesterday listed the distributor as facing a petition from HMRC, supposedly to be heard on 10 June at the Royal Courts of Justice.
But the notice was retracted this afternoon, with the Gazette confirming that its listing "referring to Enta Technologies was advertised in error".
Jon Atherton, vice-president at Enta, told The Channel:
"It was a very bad mistake which our solicitors are now involved with. It's defamation of our character," Atherton said, claiming he had no idea how this had happened.
"We'll be taking action but that is in the hands of the chairman," he added.
Credit insurers and credit peeps within the distribution industry scour the London Gazette daily to get the latest information on companies that they indemnify or with whom they trade.
Word soon spread about Enta Technologies and multiple sources contacted us. Atherton said he has also had to field calls from suppliers, telling them this was an aberration.
A spokeswoman at the London Gazette told us she was unable to answer questions as "we can only give information to the client who has given us that notification to publish," she said.
HMRC refused to comment. ®