The Rolling Pre-Retirement Blog 07/12/2020

I am keeping this blog post updated on a regular basis until mid-January 2021 with frequent updates on my pending retirement.

I posted my retirement notice on 29/10/2020. You can read it here

Please do revisit this post regularly to keep up to date as this post will be updated with new information and content almost daily in the run-up to and shortly after retirement day.

General Updates

I will be having laser surgery on my eyes 3 days before Christmas 🙁


I confirm that any data that is not required to be held past 30/06/2021 will be deleted from my systems after 30/06/2021 and prior to 10/07/2021.

Christmas 2020 Opening Hours

21 December 08:00 – 12:00 UK Time

22-23 December* 08:00 – 18:00 UK Time

24 December 08:00-13:00 UK Time

25-27 December – On-call

28-31 December** 08:00 – 16:00 UK Time

*Working hours on 22 December subject to late change please check this website from 18:00 21/12/2020 for details of any changes.

**The Trade  House will close for business with the retirement of Court Guinness at 16:00 31/12/2020.

Any enquiries taken after 16:00  31/12/2020 will still be dealt with but there will be a minimum 24 hour turnaround time. All enquiries will be dealt with.

****The office will close permanently on 31/12/2020 at 16:00 UK Time****


I will be learning Python and trying to complete the Daily Telegraph crossword in under 8 minutes consistently!

Personal Requirements

Coming Soon

04/12 I am in the market for a holiday home or narrowboat

05/12 – A wood where I can legally place a static caravan or holiday lodge might fit the bill too.


Work Available

Post COVID work available in Ireland (sometime 2021) . Project Manager for agri to resi/leisure/retail conversion. Must have manager experience on more than one similar project. Timescales likely to be “progressive”

FOR SALE – Update 05/12

The following business channels are FOR SALE By Court Guinness and The Trade House

The Trade Counter – Business stock import from Europe and China.

The Trade Desk – A networking (telephone and internet) based deal making and deal matching service.

The Trade Room – SME & HNWI Business consultancy and project management

The Trade House Magazine – A successful business deals magazine

Virtual Offices – A virtual office hosting business.

A selection of shareholdings in some profitable Irish businesses.

A selection of shareholdings in some profitable UK businesses.

A selection of intellectual property from The Trade Library for the professional services, recruitment, travel and tourism, emerging technology, information technology and technology sectors.

Trade Jobs – a very small recruitment portal and service for senior positions in small businesses and start-ups.

Reasonable offers are sought for the whole of the above or for individual parts of the above.  A good handover package is available. Finance may be available.

Alternatives to straight sale will also be considered.

Business Opportunities Available

I have some spot business available (perm, manager level) for recruitment agents ( added 04/12/2020

Lists of business opportunities


Alternative  Investments

Asset Sales

All Property Deals

Petrol Stations



Unusual Business Opportunities



Over £5,000,000




Other News

The Winter 2020/2021 Special Edition of The Trade House Magazine has already won 22,578 unique readers since 25 November. A copy is below the contact form.

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