January 7 2015.

A document requesting confirmation of company details together with VAT number, to be included in a 'UK Corporate Portal' is currently doing the rounds of UK motorcycle trade and industry businesses.

At first glance, completion of the document appears to be innocuous yet mandatory, and without cost. However, read the small print and you’ll note that once signed and returned, completion of the form is legally binding with an actual cost of £797.

The letter is headed up as offering a listing in a 2015 UK company portal. It is distributed by a company with a German name and address.

A few years ago, a similar exercise was targeted at exhibitors of Motorcycle Live and a number of companies signed up...

You have been warned!