Retirement – The Four Month Update


So today marks four months to the day that I abruptly retired on health grounds. I had no choice really. A strong combination of medical advice and `er indoors “advice” left me in no doubt that after heart failure I could not not go back 60 hours+ a week, the stress of my work and the constant travelling.

A friend of mine said at the time “Court, the thought of you with too much time on your hands is, frankly, very, very scary!”

Truth be told doing nothing all week was not going to work very well and I felt it after a month. I held on to two business interests (Virtual Office and Weekly Deals). I sold out of or exited everything else.

Truth be told, I got too bored too quickly. I still cannot abide daytime TV unless its Bloomberg. With Bloomberg once you have watched the pre-market-open slot you have seen nearly everything that will be on for the rest of the day! I also tired too quickly. There was however no going back to the old lifestyle.

I decided that Weekly Deals needed to be restructured and I changed it to monthly publishing schedule and also gave it a rebrand. This seems to be working really well and I am enjoying building a new venture, whilst only working 20-25 hours a week tops. I am really enjoying the work that goes into creating a publication such as this and I am pleased that this work is keeping me somewhat active in a matter that is unlikely to cause a health issue. My medical consultants were supportive of this when I last saw them nearly a fortnight ago. I have no intention of going over the 25 hour cap. The possible health ramifications are soooo not worth it. I even got back back in to ding  some coding a week or two back. It was a small job (an hour or so) on one of my internal apps to make it work again after it broke! I had not written or debugged code in so long that it was nice to get back to it for a change of scenery. Eagle eyed readers will note a few tweaks to this website too.

I have managed to stay a non smoker after smoking 1-2 packs a day for over 20 years. The wheelchair hasn’t reappeared since my last update and very surprisingly since my last update I have not managed to break anything else. I was most surprised and somewhat annoyed to find out some of my medication is banned in some countries and even more angered to find out how difficult it is to work out what medication is banned in which countries.

Any way, that is all for now folks. I will be back in a month or two with another update.

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Happy 6th Birthday To This Website.


Well the official birthday isn’t until 12/06/2018, however I will be extremely busy on that day and may not be able to write a blog on that day.

So what has happened in 6 years?

Well, this site has gone through more than a few changes in terms of look and feel. More than that functionality has changed. Look at the addition of The Trade Counter and DealNet for example. There are more changes planned soon. More importantly the blogs content focus has expanded and developed, from being a blog website to now being a fully functional multi purpose website for both my business and personal interests. This site has grown from 6 pieces of individual content and functionality to over 3,500 items of content.

In terms of visitors this site has gone from 200 unique visitors visitors a month to an average of 11,000 unique visitors taking in an average of 4.92 pages per visit. The best ever month saw 20,759 unique visits.

I am delighted by these figures and even more delighted about the large number of positive business conversations that are taking place with the starting point being this website.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to both the occasional and regular reader and visitor alike for visiting, reading and returning!

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.

 

Availability Notice | Availability From 01/04/2018


Following Court’s formal notice of retirement. Court has no availability for any business activities or projects aside of The Weekly Deals Free Sheet from 01/04/2018.

  • Large Projects: None
  • Property Brokerage:None
  • Property Sourcing: None
  • Business Sales: None
  • Business Consultancy: None
  • Virtual Office: None
  • Personal Cloud: None
  • Weekly Deals Content Slots:
  • Advertising: Good
  • Events and Networking: Limited
  • Inward Investment: None
  • Management Buy In: None
  • Business Finance: None

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.