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CHEK WHYTE THIRTY MILLION POUND DEBT
 

A Salford Star Exclusive

Star Date: 13th July 2009

`The only cheek Chek Whyte's turned is his backside to us and Salford.'

HELL FOR LOCAL BUILDERS AS SECRET MILLIONAIRE OWES THOUSANDS FROM SALFORD CHURCH PROJECT… 

Chek Whyte rode into Salford in 2007 as the Secret Millionaire, promising good deeds, even `rescuing' the ailing £6million Emmanuel Church project in Langworthy last year. Now his various enterprises have `aggregate liabilities' of over £30million, and sub contractors who worked on the church are owed thousands of pounds which they fear they'll never see…

see latest update 2nd Sept 2009


Bronte Court Salford Langworthy Road Church Project
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The man from PDW - the consultants overseeing the £6 million Langworthy Road church and community scheme - confirms that yes, Chek Whyte has been paid by the Church for building work on the scheme…that, yes, Chek Whyte has been paid public money from the £1,550,000 pot for the 22 affordable flats within the development…

When it comes to asking where all that money has gone, he's less committal. When asked about the morality of taking money from a church and public funds, and not paying people in full, he's totally non committal… "It's been a difficult project" he sighs.  

The contractors who are owed thousands of pounds have no such qualms about Chek Whyte and his Building For God sign… "Turn the other cheek?" sneers one "The only cheek Chek Whyte's turned is his backside to us and Salford."

Over at the insolvency company, Begbies Traynor, Richard Saville is currently trying to work out Chek Whyte's total liabilities. He reels off what he knows…"Secured creditors around £26million, mainly banks…Trade and unsecured creditors, that's mainly sub-contractors, around £5million…Inland Revenue, anywhere between £1.25million and £2million. Let's just say upwards of £30million" he decides "We're working out the best way to get a return for the creditors and are trying to get an Individual Voluntary Agreement (IVA) where he offers to pay `x' in the pound to his creditors. If we don't get that agreement he'll be made bankrupt."

Which means no-one will see a cent.

Chek Whyte first arrived on national screens as `The Secret Millionaire' in November 2007, pretending to look for work in Salford while secretly looking to flash his cash at deserving community projects. Described by Channel 4 as `one of the richest men in England' he was seen, away from Salford, flaunting his wealth which included a yacht and a manor house where leather bound books were bought `by the yard' for decoration.

Soon after the programme aired, Chek Whyte bought two tower blocks in the area, Rose Hill and Churchill Court. And in issue 8 of the Salford Star we revealed that the planning application for the towerblocks' conversion was sent to the council in the name of Chek Whyte Industries, for which the last filed accounts showed only £1 cash at bank and in hand. We also revealed that Chek Whyte wasn't a director of Chek Whyte Industries as he'd been banned by the courts for being "unfit".  

Earlier this year, one of the towerblocks, now named Madison Court, was sold and is now in the hands of Wrightchoice Developments. Two weeks ago, Wrightchoice, a Salford based company, also took over the contract for the Emmanuel Church project in Langworthy, after originally working as sub contractors on the development, and say that the scheme will now be completed on time…

"The Church asked us to take over and we were very happy to help out" says the company's Paul Wright "But our contract is just from the date we took over and we don't know anything about paying people who are owed money by Chek Whyte."

The man from PDW would only say that "Chek Whyte offered us the opportunity to reassign the contract…his programme of work was changing and the completion made less sense to him. It was all approved and signed off."

But public money appears to have been handed to Chek Whyte, who hasn't paid his sub contractors and workers in full.  Many are now facing even more hardship in the midst of a major building recession.

We spoke to Rev Ken Stokes, of Emmanuel Developments Ltd, who didn't want to comment on Chek Whyte's ethics, or anything else. This is the second time the project has been in potential jeopardy after the original contractors, Gleesons, left the site derelict following a row over costs. Some are asking why a publicly funded contract for the 22 flats didn't go out to formal tender again once Gleesons pulled out.

We tried to speak to someone from Great Places (formerly Manchester Methodist Housing) about how much money from its £1.5million Housing Corporation (now HCA) grant for the flats was paid to Chek Whyte, and the morality of him leaving sub contractors probably high and dry. But no-one got back to us. We asked Salford City Council for a comment about Chek Whyte but no-one got back to us.  We asked the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) for a comment but they put us on to Great Places. And we spoke to Chek Whyte's office who threatened to sue us if we quoted anything other than "People will be paid"…

They didn't say how much though…

"I couldn't believe the way people treated me in Salford and I'll never forget it" sighed Chek Whyte during a Secret Millionaire press interview. We don't think those who stand to lose money from his Salford venture will ever forget the way they have been treated by him either…

* A meeting will take place on August 17th with Chek Whyte's creditors to decide what to do next…

Updated 27th November 2009

see update 2nd Sept 2009

Tommy Anderson wrote
at 07:25:59 on 24 July 2018
Chek Whyte is up to his tricks again trying to pretend he has sold Moffat manor riverview and glendevon to a new company its a load of rubbish, the man should be in jail
 
tommy wrote
at 13:32:51 on 23 January 2018
too many comments about chek whyte ,not nice ones either,he is here in moffat conning a lot of people,?
 
Thetruthwillout wrote
at 21:09:34 on 06 December 2012
Bouncing Chek Whyte at it again in Ireland, where he thinks no one knows him or his reputation . Think again wee man everyone knows you and what you did. Ha ha. The games up, sucker.
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 19:35:56 on 20 December 2010
Does anybody understand that previous post?
 
DET wrote
at 13:56:25 on 19 December 2010
CHEK WHYTE IS SHIT HOT HA HA I WITTNESS THE MAN IN THE HAY DAYS BOY HE MOVED HEAVEN&EARTH THIS TAKES 2 TO TANGO WE ALL MADE BIG MISTAKES NO ONES PERFECT IN THIS DAY&AGE DET
 
Ruci Josephine Nailati wrote
at 16:55:14 on 21 November 2010
So disturbed reading all of the above comments, as I only saw aired in our TV Programme yesterday (20 Nov 2010) evening....DSTV of South Africa - BBC Knowledge Channel,"THE SECRET MILLIONAIRE" of how Mr. White played it out very well....and how he skilfully played into the innocent minds and lives of the "somewhat disturbed" community in Salford - its a pity that DSTV is still airing Mr. White on their TV Shows. Am so-so-sad for all who have been badly affected...well, no one is perfect in this world...perhaps Mr. Chek White could be given the forum to prove himself - amidst all these controversies - and I would propose that a PUBLIC APOLOGY IS NEEDED FROM HIM....DSTV South Africa should also be mindful of airing such programs - highly disturbing and misleading !!
 
Sean wrote
at 22:07:40 on 17 November 2009
I dealt with Chek Whyte Industries for quite a large job as a sub-contractor. We got the most hilarious letter after he hadn't paid for for 4 months saying that basically he had just forgotten, and now that he had remembered he would pay us. But he didn't, he must have forgot again.
 
Zoompad wrote
at 20:18:43 on 23 September 2009
The people haven't turned against him at all. It's certain people, putting the boot in. Malicious Vindictive Persecution. He's been shafted.
 
Stamford Hall wrote
at 12:26:59 on 10 September 2009
Check's money has probably gone into his idea of renovating Stamford Hall near Loughborough. A beautiful building now probably ruined by this greedy and lying little man. Instead of looking after the people who he promised to help say in Salford and all those people who are now homeless because of him Check decided he wanted to live like a lord of the Manor. Up his own backside he should now go somewhere for fraud and deception.
 
john doe wrote
at 16:24:37 on 04 September 2009
Chek whyte real name is Antony Beardsly, and as ripped off loads of folke, he as also been made bankrupt befor, hence changing is name to his wifes name.
 
pete wrote
at 15:43:01 on 03 September 2009
there is otheres just like chek in runcorn cheshire by the name of ted rawlinson ripping people off and no one dose anything about it he even rips the church off dose fraud on houses and also failing mortgages he as been doing for years and getting away with it filling his pocket y dont you look in to this fella at the same time
 
Interesting Point wrote
at 20:49:42 on 02 September 2009
Do a google search on "Barrington Whyte" and click on their home page.....obviously Chek is suffering massively.
 
Nearly homeless wrote
at 04:29:13 on 20 August 2009
Thanks to this very clever man(who's screwed me for a quarter of my mortgage -Rosehill Court),I am now struggling to find my next months repayment.As you can see the time this message was posted,I now spend most nights worrying what I must do next to keep a roof over my wife and three kids heads.SWEET DREAMS Chek.
 
In the know wrote
at 20:13:45 on 17 August 2009
Creditors have not shown support - he is going to be made bankrupt:) - although his wife's probably got everything in her name so he'll be alright to live a life of luxury while he gets on doing it all again sometime soon ;)
 
gaz kent salford wrote
at 14:17:45 on 20 July 2009
do your rip chekers.ha ha.not a carrot
 
wrote
at 22:28:25 on 17 July 2009
To all creditors go onto the ,this is nottingham, web site, information is there over creditors meeting set for 17 August of which he is going to try and con everyone to except 36p in the pound for moneys owing, plese turn up as we are one of the companys that will say NO just bankrupt him
 
David Henry wrote
at 22:26:53 on 17 July 2009
This whole episode just shows you what is so fundamentally wrong with selling off social housing to private investors. If they go bust - everything else goes down with their ship! Does anyone know the status of the other block of unoccupied flats that Chek's company still own? Can it be taken back in to public hands or will the creditors sell them off and yet again make someone else a fortune at our expense? I'd like to see people SQUAT the buildings and properties now left empty that could be used to house people.
 
bev wrote
at 20:30:30 on 17 July 2009
All of you feeling sorry for Chek, should dig a little deeper & see what sort of man he really is, people from Ilkeston were pretty p*ss*d off when he was on Secret Millionaire, pity he didn't come home & use that money to help the people who he sent to the wall when he did a runner. Good riddance to the man. Save your sympathy for those who deserve it, not this conman.
 
In the wrote
at 14:40:03 on 17 July 2009
@ paul wrote at 1:38:12 PM on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 You need to get over to the thisisnottingham.co.uk site and do a search for Chek Whyte aka Anthony Beardsley. Perhaps then you'd realise what sort of guy 'Chek' is. He has some very 'powerful' friends too (CB being one), which is why you'd be wise not to publish your real name for fear of retribution!
 
Jim Parker wrote
at 21:08:20 on 15 July 2009
I was one of the Salfordians who was featured in the Secret Millianair you may recall the meat and potatoe pie and rubbarb and custard crumble my wife made for Check.I note not one of you seem to remember the £79,000 Check paid for the new roof that now keeps the boys club dry.On a personal note I have I have no doubt that Check will make good his promiss to all he can to make payments to his work force be they subbies or other. The reason for my comment is whatever he promised to do he did and more besides. He can always knock on my door and be wellcommed in. Thanks for what you did in our community Check.
 
wrote
at 21:06:07 on 15 July 2009
when salford was on the channel 4 show he is seen to be paying for the new kitchen for the homeless dropin at manchester city misson. from what I understand from a friend who worked there at the time they started the work, eg took the old kitchen out and did a little more work then told them they had to find the rest of the money to finish it off and what the program showed at the end was not 100% given to them but only 50%
 
salford star wrote
at 12:59:22 on 15 July 2009
Hi Creditor Please get in touch with us - we'd love to have a chat info@salfordstar.com Cheers Salford Star
 
Creditor wrote
at 11:38:53 on 15 July 2009
He still owes me Thousands for work carried out at salford flats. been fobbed off with poor stories about waiting for funds! Basically he has spent the money on himself!! I will never see that ive been conned like all the other subbies
 
Mike Scantlebury wrote
at 19:38:22 on 14 July 2009
Now you got me worried. Chek gave Salford Lads Club fifteen grand when he came in as 'The Secret Millionaire'. Whose money was that? Do you think we owe anyone any of it, now?
 
paul wrote
at 19:38:12 on 14 July 2009
When someone falls the papers love it. These bloggers also get the knives out but never put their names on. If your going to slag someone at least be brave enough to put your name on. I am sure there is some truth on both sides. Be fair, I'm sure this was not in his grand plan. Did'nt he have the big house and car before salford? Thought so, but making out he made his money from us makes a better story. At least Alan above makes sense!
 
Reporter wrote
at 19:37:25 on 14 July 2009
Chek did this 15 years ago in his home town of Ilkeston and screwed up the whole building industry in the area. Also, his office say they will sue, don't you need money for that?
 
me wrote
at 12:55:12 on 14 July 2009
Great bit of hard nosed investigative reporting, even stevie wonder could see something like this coming but not the clowns who control the purse strings for regeneration funding. Channel 4 also have a awful lot to answer for by setting him up as some sort of man of the masses saviour and benefactor. Whyte obviously seized the massive PR that the Secret Millionaire programme afforded him you could not buy that kind of publicity. While all the time being an unfit person to be a director. Do these TV researchers go back any further than 18 months when setting these programmes up. I think Whyte's involvement in the Secret Millionaire should be referred to OffCom for investigation. NP PS Try and sue me and I bite your effing head off!
 
debbie wrote
at 12:55:04 on 14 July 2009
So lord bountiful has done a runner and stitched up the council and workers again. Where's Hazel (i'm from Salford me) Blears thought she wanted to be the peoples champion!
 
Debbie Williams wrote
at 12:54:54 on 14 July 2009
I think it is sad for this to have happened to Chek. It just shows that the recession is hitting everyone. It angers me to see people turning against him after all he did do for the people of Langworthy. I was born and brought up in Salford, my parents still live in the Langworthy area. I know that they (and I do hope they are not the only ones) feel for Chek and this situation. Maybe support would be better rather than helping to dig the knife further.
 
alan.wise3@googlemail.com wrote
at 12:52:00 on 14 July 2009
Shocking.! String em up I say ! I blame that "Peter Hook" always in the papers yet made a forune out of selling the bankrupt "Hacienda " name.None of the suppliers like the poor old brewery ever got paid though.I had a position as glass collector and bog cleaner and they even knocked me. That daft "Fall" are on on Saturday if you want to come plus four as our guests. I will be on the till.
 
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