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ORDEAL FOR DIRECTORS IS OVER AS CASE AGAINST TIVIUM IS DROPPED
The solicitor representing Tivium Limited directors Andrew and Jonathan Matthews today welcomed the news that the trading standards case against them has been dropped after prosecutors offered no evidence.
The father-and-son duo had denied all charges laid against them at Newcastle Crown Court following a two-year investigation by Gateshead Trading Standards.
At today’s hearing, not guilty verdicts were formally recorded on all matters and the case was dropped.
Sam Healey, an associate solicitor in the business, crime and regulation team at JMW Solicitors, represented the duo and said after today’s developments: “We welcome the decision to offer no evidence and drop the case.
“Andrew and Jonathan Matthews maintained their innocence throughout, and have been exonerated by today’s decision.
“They are both greatly relieved that their ordeal is now over, and they can now move on with their lives.”
Mr Healey added: “As a gesture of goodwill, they have agreed to issue refunds to 372 customers who did not receive a Green Deal assessment through Tivium, amounting to a total of £108,146.”
Tivium, which began trading in January 2013, had arranged assessments for householders across the country who hoped to benefit from the government’s ill-fated Green Deal scheme, which aimed to cut carbon dioxide emissions by encouraging energy-efficient home improvements.
The company attended 25,000 homes nationwide to consider their eligibility. From those visits, 7,500 assessments were arranged by Tivium and carried out by independent assessors.
Thousands of Tivium customers have had boilers, solar panels and insulation installed under the scheme, equating to about 40 per cent of all installations carried out as part of the Green Deal.
However, Tivium was forced to cease trading after the scheme started failing. Around 100 people lost their jobs when Tivium closed.
The Green Deal was launched in January 2013 by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Under the scheme, householders were to receive loans for energy-efficient improvements to their homes.
Mr Healey said: “It was fundamentally flawed and was finally abandoned in July 2015 after costing taxpayers £240m.”
He said of the Tivium probe: “It was an avoidable investigation which had very real and unnecessary consequences for Tivium and its employees,” he added.
“Tivium fulfilled its part of the scheme, but consumers struggled to find the finance for the work they required or installers to carry it out, which were flaws of the Green Deal scheme.
“Only a small number of complaints were made against the company in relation to the scale of its activities.
“However, despite a government website making clear that any issues with Green Deal assessments should be taken up with assessors and not with the companies facilitating them, there was a lot of unfair finger-pointing and, ultimately, this investigation into Tivium.”
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