Memorandum submitted by Mike Goff
Enterprise/Brulines have accused me of buying
102.75 bulk barrels off tie, this I have strongly denied.
They have sent me a "damages" fine by way of an invoice,
to be paid by 1 February 2010, of over £20,000 and
have added this on to my rent account, which will make it look
as if I am defaulting on my agreed rent in the event that this
sum is not paid by this date. This would also indicate a 20+%
increase in trade! (which is a physical impossibility considering
the state of the licensing trade).
Drew Milne (Regional Manager) from Enterprise
told me I was being fined this £20,000 plus for buying
off tie and that Brulines could prove this and the "barristers"
would take me to court if need be. I was offered the option of
paying a reduced fine of maybe £4,000 or £5,000 if
I admitted to a buying a smaller amount off tie. This made me
feel very intimidated and panicky.
I refused to agree with information on the 22 December
2009 and on the 15 January 2010 the £20,000+
invoice was raised on the rent account, with a payment date of
1 February 2010. There was no other communication during
At my request Brulines have sent me flow charts
dated from 21 October 2008 to 29 September 2009,
Brulines had not contacted me with any queries to say we were
in disagreement over their readings and my purchases, this has
come as a bolt out of the blue. My tenancy started July 2007 and
I have requested these flow charts as there must be a starting
point from where Brulines meters started being at fault. During
this alleged "buying out" period, Brulines have been
into my premises and "repaired" numerous pieces of equipment.
I have since been in touch with Trading Standards
and hopefully an appointment will be arranged very shortly to
check the accuracy of their metering equipment.
27 January 2010