Events Update 02/01/2019

Court Guinness will be at Spring Fair 2019 Birmingham NEC on 4th and 5th February 2019.

He will be at Pub19, London Olympia on 7th February.

Court Guinness will be in Dublin from 14th -19th February.

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Advance Notice: Events 2019

Court Guinness will be at Spring Fair 2019 Birmingham NEC on 4th and 5th February 2019.

He will be at Pub19, London Olympia on 7th February.

Court Guinness will be in Dublin from 14th -19th February.

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Court Guinness Returns to London 11-25 November 2018

I am pleased to announce that I shall be in London from 11 November 2018 to 25th November 2018.

I have a number of meeting slots available throughout this time period. If you would to meet me in London then please fill out the form below to arrange a meeting slot.

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The Trade Suite Fund One Timescales

The Trade Suite is pleased to announce a new investment round totalling £75,000.

Investments situated in the Midlands are preferred and will be given priority.

Pitch Documentation can be sent through NOW!

Initial Conversations will take place from week commencing 15th October 2018

Face to face pitches will be received during the Week Commencing 5th November 2018 at a location in the West Midlands, the exact location is to be confirmed.

Visits to suitable businesses will take place week commencing 12/11/2018.

Deals need to be completed by 31/01/2018

This fund will close on 31/01/2019.

Interested parties should use the form below to contact us.

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The Trade Suite is a division of The Trade House By Court Guinness

Update :: End September 2018.

September has been both exceptionally busy and successful. I am rather pleased that I have managed to avoid any hospital visits this month. I even manged to find a major piece of computer kit I forgot I had as I cleared and packed my house ready for a forthcoming relocation! How you lose a rack mount server in this day and age is anyone’s guess! This server will be going on eBay shortly. Its safe to say I got rid of a lot of junk!

I am also pleased to announce the return of my palate’s kindly reaction to real ale after a 7 month absence. I know that pubs everywhere will pleased by this and the positive effect this will have on their takings!

This is a bit of a longer update from me than is usual and is structured differently.

Nothing has been broken or crashed this month!


The final “shift” in the long running and now overdue relocation will take place on 6th October. Thanks to many people who attended the leaving drinks party the other week. By popular demand I am holding another drinks party this Tuesday 2nd October 2018 in South West London. Please contact me if you wish to attend.

Temporary Office Closure

The office will be shut from 18:00 04/10/2018 until 08:00 10/10/2018 to allow for the relocation. I will be taking telephone calls and checking emails and our support channels regularly during this time so feel free to get in touch. This down to the relocation.

Trade House Update

I must start by thanking both the 6623 unique readers of September’s issue of The Trade House magazine and the 3101 unique readers who have already read the October issue. Thank You.

Advertising in the magazine is still FREE!

The Trade House now has a Slack support channel here.

The Trade Suite marks a genteel return to my personal investment activities and I have started its first fund, which looks to invest by the end of January 2019. I am receiving proposals in written form with accompanying documentation Now!. I will be holding 1-2-1 pitch sessions week commencing 05/11/2018 with site visits during the week 12/11/2018. I  You can read more here. 

The Trade Counter has had many new products added. A small reminder that you really need to order soon if you wish to supply Christmas customers with our stock. Please see our ranges here.

The Trade Lounge is growing slowly but that is the way I like it. See here for more information.

An interactive version of The Trade House magazine is below.

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Market Comment :: October 2018

Court Guinness resurrects an old column he used to write in which he takes an opinionated and sometimes irreverent view of what he sees in the market place.


In this issue he looks back on the month of September 2018.

Looking over and surveying my desk late in September 2018 I can safely say that this September has been very busy indeed. There has been an awful lot of activity and some of it negative, which is a shame.


Allow me to deal with the negative first. An awful lot of bad press has reached me regarding disappointed, dissatisfied and disgruntled franchisees across all sectors. Even more worrying seems to be the number of unhappy sectors specific to the food, beverage and hospitality sectors. The large number of enquiries and general emails I have received on this subject is alarming. I expect resale instructions to rise between now and the calendar year end. It has tt be said though that the health care franchising sectors do not cover themselves in glory either!


Another key theme appearing this month is finance. There are a great many people looking for deals, who  do not appear to have the cash! I am sorry boys and girls but “I will worry about the money later!” is not a sensible thing to do and lowers the tone of deal making. Always, always get your ducks in a row first before approaching anyone about doing deals.


Aside of this negativity this September has been a lovely month aside of the negativity above. Its lovely to see the property development guys being so active in the run up to the festive season, deals regularly being struck and plans made revitalise properties previously unusable. I note a great deal valour going into these projects too with some developers clearly unafraid to push the boundaries—in a good way!  I hope we see more this sense of adventure in years to come. It is actually a good thing for business as a whole and an excellent thing for the sector itself.


Once again it is time to talk about Brexit in this column. This is getting serious baby! We now have a limited amount of time left  before we in the UK  are out of the EU. This magazine has already had to make some changes because of Brexit! I am more concerned about the prospect of factory shutdowns and further disruption of the same ilk and the effect that this will have on our relevant sectors.


In short September has been a good month, roll on October!


I look forward to speaking with you all again next month!


Happy deal making !



Warmest regards




Court Guinness And Business

To celebrate 20 years Court Guinness here is a timeline


  • SystemNet Data Launched
  • 3 x Blue chip clients acquired


  • 45% growth
  • Irish Operations Launched


  • IT Ventures Launched


Naytencourt Launched


German Operations launched


Naytencourt Acquires SystemNet Data


  • Ewellmobile launched
  • Ewellcaraudio launched
  • Tastefullingerie launched


Nine internet businesses acquired


Tech brokerage launched



The P2 Set Launched


  • Ewell Systems (Wimbledon Systems) Launched
  • SystemNet Data divested
  • Naytencourt Closes


Fireblade Internet Established


Court Capital Partners Launched



Court Guinness announces departure from the IT sector.


  • General brokerage launched
  • Court Guinness makes several commercial investments


Project Retail 2018 initiated


Several divestments made


  • Weekly Deals Free Sheet launched
  • Virtual Office launched


  • Trade House, Trade Counter, Trade Lounge and Trade Suite launched
  • All other business interests of Court Guinness divested.

Offices Required, Leamington Spa/Warwick

The Trade House are delighted to announce that they are opening in Warwickshire soon and approximately 12 months ahead of schedule. We are therefore now looking for office space in Warwick, Leamington Spa or Coventry.


Please use the form to contact me about office space in Warwickshire or our new operation in Warwickshire.

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.