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Explosive new Julie Meyer email - just how desperate is the Ariadne empire for cash

By Tom Winnifrith | Sunday 13 May 2018

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Oh dear, oh dear, a bad week for devout Christian Julie Meyer is about to get worse. It is not that the communion wine was off today but the Winnileaks service has just come up trumps again. Having suffered regulatory suspension in Malta (see HERE) and facing criminal charges in the same country (see HERE) as well as an HMRC probe in the UK (see HERE) and a lawsuit from Henry Gewanter (see HERE) with more lawsuits from those to whom she owes cash to follow, now we have a devestating email sent by her Entrepreneur Country operation less than seven weeks ago which has arrived with Winnileaks. Ouch.

It seems that just two months ago the company was so cash constrained that it was prepared to offer to forward sell a claimed R&D tax credit of £156,000. Of course that does not tally with the R&D tax credit claimed in the 2017 accounts  but who cares?  Oddly the un-named "reputable accountancy firm" that prepares ECG's tax credit applications does so for a commission not a fee. 

What is bizarre is the desperation. Essentially ECG is prepared to pay a fee of £25,000 in advance of a £140,000 receipt for just 40 days - an annualised interest rate of 163%. Even for invoice discounting that looks steep. Companies offering such terms are invariably in dire straights when it comes to paying bills. 

Julie Meyer has repeatedly denied suggestions that her Ariadne group of companies face a cash crisis. This bombshell email suggests that there might just be a problem does it not?


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