Pensions Ombudsman Paul Kenny has signed an agreement with Paul Appleby, the Director of Corporate Enforcement, which will enable information to be transferred between the two offices.

The Pensions Ombudsman has similar agreements in place with the Pensions Board, the Financial Regulator and the Financial Services Ombudsman, and with the UK Pensions Ombudsman.

Mr Kenny said that during the course of his investigations, he could become aware of activities or actions by companies or directors which should be brought to the attention of the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE).

'This is particularly so in case of smaller companies in the construction industry where a mandatory pension regime exists,' he said.

'Sometimes company directors believe, or are advised, that they can evade my investigation by closing down their company, possibly continuing on the business under a new company name. As I have demonstrated clearly in the past, such tactics will not curtail my investigation,' Mr Kenny added.