Rolling Retirement Blog 17/12/20

This post merges the rolling business opportunities blog and the rolling pre-retirement notices blog into a snazzy new format.

I will probably now keep this format for future non retirement updates!

Please click or scroll below for more. 10+ new updates since 14/12/2020

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.


The office may have to be closed for a short time on either 14/12/20 or 15/12/20

The office has been closed this is because I had to undergo emergency dental surgery.

I will be having laser surgery on my eyes 3 days before Christmas πŸ™

There will be a Zoom call at 16:00 31/12/2020 to celebrate my retirement. All welcome. Use the form below to request an invitation.

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.

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 – 17:00 UK Time

31 December 2020** 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****

My court@. tradehouse@ and support@ accounts will be monitored and any enquiries will be answered but I will not doing any substantial or substantive work.

There will be a minimum 24 hour turnaround time on all Trade House enquiries.

The tradehouse email account will be retired in April 2021

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

I have been asked if I will write a book based on over 20 years in business. This is not an immediate project and is under consideration.

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

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

Contact me using the form below if you have anything.

14/12 I am replacing most of my IT/Media kit. Vendors are welcome to use the form below to contact me.

17/12 – I am looking to lease a Volkswagen Caddy Life

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”

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. 17/12 – no longer available

A selection of shareholdings in some profitable UK businesses. – 17/12 – I have offers.

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.

I have some spot business available (perm, manager level) for recruitment agents ( added 04/12/2020) -2 ops left

I am delighted to announce that this website has won over 130,000 visitors this year!

The Winter 2020/2021 Special Edition of The Trade House Magazine has already won 30,102 unique readers since 25 November. A copy is below the contact form. Update 17/12 – now 40,000 readers.

My Irish stalker has returned. Update 17/12 – it only looks like one visit. I will block Eircom IP addresses if they come back.

I have wrapped up my Irish and French business interests. Some personal interests remain in both countries, I will be visiting both countries when the covid situation becomes more manageable.


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