The 9 Month Update

So its just shy of 9 months since I cane out of a coma and had to “retire”. Well all those who have kept up at the back will know that I adjusted that to semi-retirement and either sold or closed down most of my business interests. I will talk more about that later in this update. 

Health wise I now use a mobility scooter full time.  Yes. It has had some customisation work already and more is planned! After a disaster with a wheelchair (Yes, I crashed it a number of  times!)  I can delightfully inform people that, yes, i have crashed it and that it was a van driver’s fault and not mine. I am also more and more reliant on my oxygen tanks. I really ought to become a shareholder in Gox!  Some of the side effects of the hospital stay have added to my growing list of ailments too, which has slowed up my recovery. The events of February and March 2018 really screwed things up.

A house move half way up the country nearly two months ago went rather well and the new house can now be called a home. Nothing was broken and nothing went missing. The only downside being having to do the final “lift and shift” in the pouring rain! I can also safely say that I have learned more of the nuances of the M40 especially those involving the traffic cops. I had half expected to be running up and down the M40 between Warwickshire and London very frequently but this has yet to happen at the frequency I had expected with only one “emergency dash” so far!

No update would be complete without discussing work. I have discussed in the past how happy I am that I did not finally fully retire.  I think I have got this part time working lark sorted. I believe it has helped my recovery. I know that since April I have yet to work more than 30 hours a week and the maximum should be 25. This is certainly much better than my previous 60 – 70+ hours a week.

I must issue a domain reminder. and are now closed. You must use

The Trade House is doing well. The magazine is currently growing (straight line average at 17% per month. The end of year special will be published soon and you can read the latest issue below.

The Trade Counter continues to have products added and we now sell on Facebook too. I will  be pushing FundOne and FundTwo on The Trade Suite in 2019. The 2018 campaign for these two was surprisingly rather slow. The Trade Desk has been publicly launched and is starting to tick along nicely. I have branded some other easy-to-deliver services under  the Trade House banner too. This website has had a large number of updates and there are also new micro sites offering other targeted tools including a new communications platform.

That’s all for now 🙂

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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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.

Handesk Now Available In Virtual Office

Handesk is now available in Virtual Office.

Handesk is a powerful yet simple Ticketing system, a system that allows to have multiple teams, with multiple users, easy and efficient reporting by all/team/user as well as lead management.


  • Multiple : teams You can handle multiple teams with just one account.
  • Rest API : Easy Api to integrate with your projects.
  • Issue tracker : You can escalate the tickets and create issues to your code issue tracker..
  • Email polling : Get your tickets directly from an inbox account.
  • Multilanguage : With a multilanguage UI.
  • Reports : See each of your team analytics.

If you require more information about Handesk or Virtual Office please use the form below to contact me.

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2018 Price List and Rate Card Launched

My Price List and Rate Card for 2018 is below.

Item Qty Rate Notes
Consultancy  – From* Per Hour £35.00 Additional travel expenses may also be billed with prior agreement. See Travel Below
Brokerage – Upto £50,000 % of deal 5% Additional travel expenses may also be billed with prior agreement. See Travel Below
Brokerage – Over £50,000 % of deal 2%
Blogvertorial advertising per month £19.95
Weekly Deals advertising Per issue £9.95
Business Finder – From Per Deal £395
Franchisee Recruitment Per Franchise 9%
Personal Cloud Solution – From Per Unit/ Per month £3.00 *Additional fees for bandwith and disk may apply
Virtual Office Solution – From Per User/ Per Month £3.00
Personal Cloud and Virtual Office – Additional Storage or bandwidth Per GB/Per Month £0.50
Personal Cloud and Virtual Office – Additional apps Per app/Per user/Per month £0.95
Virtual Office Setup Fee Per Office £35.00
Virtual Office – Custom Development  – From Per piece £295.00
Virtual Office – Custom Branding – From Per App £29.99
WordPress Hosting Per Site/ Per month £11.95
Late Payment Admin Fee Per Late Payment £95.00 *Applicable to all payments over due by more than 7 days
Late Payment Interest Rates See Website *See here for up to date rates:
Non Executive Director – From Per Month £1,000.00
Emergency Call Out Fee Per Call £90.00
Monitoring  – Monthly Plan – From Per month £350.00
Prospectus Creation – From Per Document £135.00
Presentations and talks Please Call Me
Joint Venture Finder and Recruitment – From Per Resource/Per hour £30.00
Mileage Per mile £0.38
Overnight Travel where billed Per Night £135.00

If you have queries about pricing, please use the form below to contact me.

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Update 18/02/2017

Well the usual health related stuff has actually kept me out of hospital since my last update. Things have been reasonably busy too, I shall be sharing a lot more about some business developments in the next few weeks. I am also finally managing to change some working methods for the better so it does not matter if I am only able to work 2 days in a week or 4. 5 day /40 hour plus working has not been possible for a while but things are stitching together nicely.  My February pilgrimage to Birmingham did not go according to plan and I found Spring Fair far too quiet for my liking with a brought on decent leads to be had. This is down to the unpredictable way things are in the world right now. It is disappointing to have what feels like a wasted trip though.

My main trip to Ireland was cancelled for a number of reason, however I did manage to get a “flying” visit of 24 hours in to Dublin to sort out some issues and “bang some heads together. I should be heading out for a week during March 2017.

The weekly deals newsletters are now going from strength to strength with readership growing every week.

Thats all for now folks! 🙂