Trade House Update 02/07/2018

Here is whats happening today 02/03/2018.

Over 130 new products were added to The Trade Counter this morning.

We have reached 39% of our monthly target of unique readers of The Trade House Magazine

Download a free copy here:  The Trade House Magazine July 2018 Edition

Early May 2018 Update

Since my last update in early April a lot has gone on.

Here are some highlights:

  • VirtualOffice and PersonalCloud products have been brought back after an aborted sale.
  • I am on the look out for a new non executive directorship or trusteeship to take on.
  • I have managed to sell, divest or close many of my business interests.
  • I am out of the wheelchair for the time being but this might change. The road to recovery is a slow one.
  • I am now more than 50% deaf 🙁
  • I am bringing back The Tradehouse and a new version should be available over the summer. This will most likely be integrated into this site.
  • More than 400 new products have been added to my shop.
  • Readership of The Weekly Deals Free Sheet is now consistently at over 1500 unique readers each week.
  • Since its relaunch last year, The Weekly Deals Free Sheet has enjoyed a consistent weekly straight line growth of 12%.
  • This website and the shop had over 14,000 visitors – a figure I am very pleased about. I would like to thank all website visitors for taking the time to visit.
  • This website will be getting a small revamp over the summer.
  • I am still mostly retired and I am very pleased to say that I am generally very happy in my retirement 😀 I do struggle do fill a week with activity but maybe that is  very good thing.
  • I will be be attending The Business Show at London Excel later this month. You can take the man away from business but you cannot take business away from the man!! This visit will be much more genteel than other visits to the show but I will have time for 1-2-1 meetings and to spend time with old colleagues, friends and adversaries who will be in attendance at the show.

Thank you for reading.


Microblogging :: An Experiment

As an experiment that will last until the end of the year. I am adding a microblog to tis site. These smaller bite size blog posts will typically be shorter than 280 characters and sometimes contain images or other media, this hopefully will add depth, interaction and new content to this site where the other forms of content and outreach might not fit.

The Microblogging Section can be found here

Current Trends Week Ending 15/04/2018

One thing I love about running The Weekly Deals Free Sheet is the wide variety of new people I get to connect with, speak with and spend time with every week. We invariably chat about their business requirements be it expansion, disposal, mergers, acquisitions or new pastures entirely. One thing this week however has been the large number of enquiries from businesses requiring new capital, new financing, angel or VC finance or in some of the worst cases a more expedient than is usual disposal. The trend amongst disposals is for these businesses is to be sold at a fraction of their market value. At the time of writing I have had 33 such enquiries in the past week alone.

This sort of event leads my enquiring mind into looking for the root cause of such an event.

Could it be that we really are back in a recession? Could the lovely Brexit be having more of an effect than we first thought on the small business? Could it be underlying market change? Could it also be a stubborn sense of “I know how to run my business better than anyone else” that is a common theme amongst many small business owners?

Certainly this is most difficult one to analyse. However if I look at the first three of my suggestions above they have strong possibilities. I would have to say that issues surrounding Brexit causing recession like symptoms if not a full blown recession would sit favourite with my previous experiences around the time of recession. Underlying market change, well things change and people change, the way we do things, the way we work and the way e behave changes constantly on a global scale.

This leads me on to my final suggestion. The stubborn sense of “I know how to run my business better than anyone else” that is a common theme amongst many small business owners. If we combine this with underlying market change and maybe even as much as strong hints of Brexit and recession then, yes, this is the strongest possibility to my mind. You see many small business owners are reluctant to make changes to the way they do things on the basis of “I have always done it this way”. Even if that way does not keep pace with the market or changing customer needs, wants and demands. This can have onward effects to a business, a loss of customers, a loss of a share of a market, a failure to capitalise on business opportunities which in turn could increase turnover or decrease operational expenditure.

33 requirements for new finance or an emergency disposal in one week is very heavy going. So my bets are going on a strong combination of all four of my headline reasons for this sudden upsurge. One thing for sure is that if this trend that has started continues, it offers some lovely opportunities for small business “buy to build” opportunities as well as opportunities for finance providers to increase both ROI and fee income. For those of a “predatory” nature this is only a blip at the moment but it could offer some excellent opportunities. If this trend continues this could have further repercussions on the general market. This is a subject I will cover in more detail on these pages should the need and want arise.

One thing is for sure I am very interested and taking a keen interest in how this current situation plays out.

Formal Retirement Notice

On 13/03/2018 Court Guinness announced his retirement from his most of his active business interests and announced that on health grounds he was retiring from business life after a health related incident left him in a parlous position in hospital on 18/02/2018. This decision was taken after discussion with his partner, key business colleagues and his medical consultants.

On 22/03.2018 Court Guinness left hospital and commenced the process of the winding up or the closing of most of his business affairs.

At the time of writing (24/03/2018) Some business interests have been closed down. The Weekly Deals Free Sheet is the only business interest that is being kept.

Court will continue to update this website on a regular basis.

It is highly unlikely that Court will return to active business aside of The Weekly Deals Free Sheet and has started making plans to embrace and enjoy his retirement as much as his health will allow him.

More details and information will be posted on a regular basis on these pages. If you require to be “kept in the loop” with regards to progress of the closure or winding down of Court’s business interests it might be an idea to subscribe to this website or to visit this site again regularly.

Weekly Deals Free Sheet: Advertising And Copy Deadlines Update 23/03/2018

Please see below for updated details and copy deadlines for The Weekly Deals Free Sheet until the end of July 2018.

The dates listed below cover all deadlines during the extended free advertising period.

Copy Deadline Publication Date
5 April 2018 9 April 2018
12 April 2018 16 April 2018
19 April 2018 23 April 2018
26 April 2018 30 April 2018
3 May 2018 7 May 2018
10 May 2018 14 May 2018
17 May 2018 21 May 2018
24 May 2018 28 May 2018
31 May 2018 4 June 2018
7 June 2018 11 June 2018
14 June 2018 18 June 2018
21 June 2018 25 June 2018
28 June 2018 2 July 2018
5 July 2018 9 July 2018
12 July 2018 16 July 2018
19 July 2018 23 July 2018
26 July 2018 30 July 2018

You can see more information about the next issue of Weekly Deals here.

You can see more about readership numbers prior to 12 February here:

You can download a PDF here [Download not found]

Weekly Deals Free Sheet Update 15/03/2018

I am delighted to issue this update regarding The Weekly Deals Free Sheet.

Following a recent enforced and unexpected leave of absence publication of The Weekly Deals Free Sheet was unexpectedly temporarily aborted in February 2018 as I have been unable to publish it. You can see the last published version here.

A new weekly production schedule and forward plan has been devised for The Weekly Deals Free Sheet and I look forward to publishing the next edition during the week commencing 9th April 2018.

The content and copy deadline which includes advertising for the next issue is Thursday 29th March 2018.

In view of the extended break in production of The Weekly Deals Free Sheet the free advertising deadline has been extended to the end of July 2018.

Can I thank you all for your understanding.