Kosher caterer closed owing over half a million

Carole Sobell

Carole Sobell

Kosher caterer Carole Sobell Events Ltd went bust owing more than £500,000 to 23 companies, according to a list of creditors obtained by the JC this week.

The liquidated company — formerly run by Jewish businesswoman Carole Sobell — has racked up debts totalling £543,634.50, including £50,000 to the United Synagogue Kashrut Board.

Creditors are owed sums ranging from £115 to £290,000, with the largest amount owed to businessman Malcolm Brenner, who is director of a consulting company based in Elstree, Hertfordshire.

Carole Sobell Events Ltd — which ceased trading last month — owed around £165,000 to HM Revenue & Customs and £10,000 to kosher butcher M Lipowicz Butchers, based in Ealing, west London.

Other creditors include the National Westminster Bank, an accountancy firm, a group that sources staff for events and table-linen businesses.

A spokesman for Harris Lipman, appointed liquidators of the company, confirmed that the process is “at the very earliest stage. [The liquidators] still need to go through the company’s finances to establish how these debts will be paid”.

After Carole Sobell Events Ltd ceased trading, a new caterer was set up in the family name.

Ms Sobell, who plans to pursue a career in television, said she will act as an external consultant for Sobell Catering Limited — set up in March — and the new company will be run by her children, directors Bianca and Jonathan Sobell.

Other companies connected to Ms Sobell have ceased trading over the past decade.

According to Companies House, Carole Sobell Events LLP dissolved in 2003; Narily Limited (previously called Carole Sobell Limited) dissolved in 2011 and The Mobile Diner Limited (previously called Carole Sobell & Co Ltd) is active but their annual return is overdue.

Last updated: 4:45pm, May 1 2014