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Advertised For Friends – SmartWatch Distributors

A broker friend of Court’s is looking for Country Distributors for a new brand of smartwatches for the UK and Ireland.

This is a new lifestyle brand and the SmartWatch is their first product. There are excellent retail possibilities.

A good distributor with some infrastructure and excellent retail contacts is sought for the UK and Ireland. Separate distributors for each country will be considered.

Good margins are available.

If anyone is interested please contact Court via the form below and he will put you in touch with the broker.

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Posted by Mike Jones

Updated Court Guinness Business Timeline Historic

The previous business timeline has been updated as part of our new webmasters plans to improve things a little, we would be delighted to know what you think.

March 1, 1996

Court Guinness Systems

Court has clients he looks after in his spare time.

March 1, 1996
October 1, 1998

Time To Get Serious

SystemNet Data is launched & our first
3 x Blue chip clients acquired

October 1, 1998
September 1, 1999

Let’s get growing

45% growth
Irish Operations Launched

September 1, 1999
April 1, 2020

IT Ventures Launched

Our JV, PE and distributorship offering is launched

April 1, 2020
March 1, 2001

Welcome NaytenCourt

Naytencourt arrives and takes over from IT Ventures with a broader remit

March 1, 2001
May 1, 2002

Deutschland!

German operations launched

May 1, 2002
February 1, 2003

Naytencourt On The Prowl

Naytencourt’s first acquisition is SystemNet Data

February 1, 2003
July 1, 2004

Launches and Acquisitions

Ewellmobile launched
Ewellcaraudio launched
Tastefullingerie acquisition.

July 1, 2004
October 1, 2005

More Acquisitions

Some more internet businesses acquired.

October 1, 2005
August 1, 2006

Brokerage

Technical brokerage launched and Court Guinness starts publishing.

August 1, 2006
January 1, 2008

The P2 Set is launched

TThe P2 Set launches in 2008

January 1, 2008
October 1, 2009

Credit Crunch!

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

October 1, 2009
March 1, 2010

Fireblade Internet

A small business focused ISP is launched.

March 1, 2010
January 1, 2011

Court Capital Partners

Court Rebrands

January 1, 2011
September 1, 2012

Stanfio Business Services

Stanfio business services a joint venture is launched

September 1, 2012
January 3, 2013

Court Leaves the IT sector

Court made a decision to exit the IT sec tor

January 3, 2013
January 1, 2014

New Dawn!

Court expands from technical brokerage to general brokerage and he also makes some private investments. Court is medically banned from flying.

January 1, 2014
February 1, 2015

Project Retail 2018

Court Joins the board Project Retail 2018. He left this project at end of 2017.

February 1, 2015
April 1, 2016

Divestments

Court makes a number of divestments.

April 1, 2016
January 1, 2017

Publishing Is Go!

Court launches The Weekly Deals Free Sheet to promote deals on brokerage and advertise deals for others. Readership of 5000/week attained

January 1, 2017
February 1, 2018

It All Goes South

Court suffers major heart trauma. Medics tell him to stop working. He spends months in hospital. He gets rid of most of his business interests and tries to stop working…

February 1, 2018
June 1, 2018

Court Can’t Let Go

Court switches The Weekly Deals Free Sheet to a montly and then bi-monthly publication as he cannot let go of this little baby!

June 1, 2018
December 1, 2019

30,000 Uniqure Readers

The Trade House Magazine grows to £1 billion of advertised business opportunities and 30,000 per issue!

December 1, 2019
December 1, 2020

Court’s Health Goes Again

Court’s health starts failing again and he has to pack up for good this time. The final issue of The Trade House Magazine reaches over 115,000 unique readers and carries nearly £2.5 billion of business opportunities.

December 1, 2020
January 1, 2021

That’s All Folks!

After over 20 years, 1100 flights, 3200 nights in hotel rooms, 3 car crashes and around 1 million business miles Court Guinness calls it a day.

January 1, 2021

Goodbye Motor Boat Owner Magazine.

Sad news reached me yesterday that Motor Boat Owner magazine has closed down. Sad news indeed as although I no longer partake in the hobby on health grounds I do like to keep in touch with what is going on. Much in the hope that a miraculous cure can be found I am also miraculously presented with the keys to a Jeanneau MF895!

Lets deal with the magazine trade end of things first. The magazine trade for itself is a tough old bastard of a trade to be in. First you have to engage with readers delivering what they want to read on every page in every issue mainly for very little thanks although this bit depends on your title and target market. Second you have to keep your advertisers happy. On this note I must say that I have never known such a large market base that has no concept whatsoever of the word deadline!  You see having run a business magazine for 3 and a bit years I do have some idea of the challenges! Regardless of this the magazine trade is a tough place to earn a living.

Before talking about boats let us look at the history. Before Motor Boat Owner was Motor Boat Monthly an excellent boating magazine which closed many years ago. Motor Boat Owner replaced this magazine in a similar format. Two of the Motor Boat Monthly crew stepped up to create Motor Boat Owner and craft it in to what it was.

This is where we start to talk about the boats. You see there are lots of different boating magazines on the market. Too many of them deal with the level of boating that most of us who really enjoy boating are at. Their level of boating is more about being seen in the flashy big thing and having gin and canapé parties in trendy ports of call. Real boating is not like that, its about bilges filling up and crap getting into fuel lines! This is where Motor Boat Owner excelled as it was about real boating and not some fantasy that few of us can attain. The content was well written and engaging. News pages told us not of trendy thing but stuff we needed to know like lock closures. Sure there still Practical Owner left and that’s good for repairing broken bits or dealing with dodgy fuel lines and its an institution which will still be around long after I have passed away. However it is not the complete picture of boating that Motor Boat Owner gave us every month. A normal boat that most of us can afford here, some decent kit there, good news, a tip for a decent trip or 3 and of course the fantastic maintenance tips and projects. Proper boating in print at its finest

I feel very sorry for the team at Motor Boat Owner you could see on every single page of every single issue that they clearly busted a gut to make every issue a very good one. I certainly cannot remember a bad one! I do hope that somewhere I will read their content on the subject of boats again. It would be a shame of their skill just died.

So farewell Motor Boat Owner Magazine. And to the team, my very best wishes for the future.

Introducing Mike

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce my friend Mike Jones. Mike is an old friend and webmaster with bags of experience who will be helping me keep this site and a few other web-based things such as my Nextcloud instance up and running and in order from now on.

Mike and I have been friends for more years than I care to remember. I will be be creating the content for this site mainly by using a dictation to text tool but he will do most of the uploading and site care and maintenance.

This step in keeping this site live is necessary owing to continued failing of my health.

Mike can be contacted by using the contact form below.

    Updated Site List June 2021

    Please see below for the Court Guinness Sites for June 2021.

    Open Access

    Main
    CourtGuinness.com
    HoldingPages

    WordPress
    courtg9000
    courtg9000test
    TheTradeHouse

    Restricted Access

    usernames and passwords required

    Club
    Medical
    Intranet
    Nextcloud
    Wedding
    CourtFax Server
    CourtFax Web

    End June 2021 Update

    Well its been a while since the last update, so what has been happening? Well, the website recorded its 100,000th visitor for 2021. This website also celebrated 9 years of being based on the WordPress platform. Nothing more has been broken or damaged and as such it has been a very, very quiet time since the last update.

    Truth be told I have spent more than 50% of the time sleeping. Tiredness is getting much worse.

    There is nothing else really to add.

    I will write another update if there is content for one next month.

    Band 5 Bullshitter Update

    Since I started spreading the term around a little I have been asked by quite a few people if I am setting up either a band 5 bullshitter discussion forum, name and shame board or band 5 bullshitter ratings board on this site.

    The answer is no. Even though I am retired I simply don’t have the time to develop and administer such a thing either on this site or on any other. Any website needs regular administration and maintennance and those based on CMS’ platforms need maintennace on a more regular basis which I cannot commit to.

    I am in favour of a ratings board or name and shame board or similar and I think it could be a good thing. The band 5 bullshitters could be ranked from minor bullshit through to cretinous and life-threatening.

    If someone developed such an animal they will get an introduction blog written by me, a link in the blogroll/bogroll section and if it is totally anonymous I will add the 100 or so I have on a list in my desk file here.

    Remember a band 5 bullshitter dosen’t just have to be a band 5 nurse. It could be any NHS employee from a toilet cleaner right up to a chief executive or chairman.

    Belated Happy 9th Birthday To This website

    Well its official birthday was 12th June. For 9 years this site has been run on WordPress. Before that it was just a holding page for many years.

    In the past year the site has shrunk somewhat. A lot of the old downloads have gone. Podcasts are temporarily away. The old Trade Counter shop has been removed taking with it around 6,000 items of content and a few other things have been removed too. There is still over 8,000 individual items of content on the site which is a good thing. Before the shrinking, there was over 20,000 items of content.

    Even though I have retired this has been one of the busiest years for the Court Guinness website as we have already 100,000 visits. There has been a Court Guinness since long before its WordPress incarnation and until 9 years ago this was just a holding page with a few links on it. Since 2012 readership has steadily grown. Mathematics suggests that this site might make 200,000 visits in 2021. I am not too sure but it is certainly a milestone I would love to see reached.

    There are no real plans for this site for the next year as yet. A template change may happen shortly but that’s about it. I know from some visitors that they would like to see certain things return including the Trade Counter and the magazine but unfortunately that’s not possible.

    I would like to close by taking this opportunity to thank all visitors for popping by. I really appreciate it.

    Thanks and best regards

    Court

    Brucie Bonuses 08/06/2021

    I have the following opportunities available on behalf of friends that carry “brucie bonuses”*.

    1. Finance and Mortgage Broker Required who can deal with a complex requirement.
    2. Franchisee Advertising and Recruitment. Wanted is someone who can succesfully advertise for and recruit franchisees for a professional services franchise
    3. HMO’s in the North East of England required.
    4. A good friend requires, holiday comples/Gite complexes in the UK, Ireland and Mainland Europe.

    If you can help with any of these please do to contact me using the form below.

    • *Brucie Bonus – A brucie bonus is a fee paid for a referral leading to a successful outcome in the case of the above the people that these are advertised for will discuss the bonus level with anyone concerned.

      Vans

      I was considering some new wheels recently and started to look at the space requirements. For example I need to carry quite a bulky mobility scooter occasionally along with some other stuff such as overnight bags or supplies. I also prefer 4 wheel drive cars. I view 4wd as a safety feature.

      I looked at a few cars and got quite concerned about boot space even with vehicles such as the Peugeot Rifter and Ford Tourneo Connect. The Rifter is my favourite choice here and I do like the look of the GT premium model. Peugeot don’t do a 4wd but they do have grip control, which is close and has some rave reviews.

      I decided to start looking at vans. Now I don’t need a full size Transit, Transporter or Vivaro. A much smaller van will do. This where I started tearing my hair out. Big thing I want the cab or cabin to be as comfortable as a good car. You know, heated seats, a must for my medical conditions and a few other treats.

      This where it started to unravel. You see with all the options I needed the van started to turn out as very expensive and in some cases very difficult to configure using the manufacturer’s configuration tool on their website. Peugeot are a good example. I still cannot work out how to configure a normal length Peugeot Partner with the 130 bhp engine and grip control.

      The next thing is that I cannot get close to getting all the treats I would either expect or want to add as options in the van.

      Maybe I am in a limited market in wanting a small luxury van and I would not be at all surprised if this is the case. But, there must an easier way to specify vans as I found some configuration tools for vans more confusing than configuring a car!

      The other thing I find strange is not being able to specify 4wd with these smaller vans. I cannot really go up to price levels of a Land Rover Defender or Discovery Van (Basic £36,000 ex VAT – which I will have to pay) and I think I would hit the same issue of not being able to specify some of the nicer Land Rover treats to enhance my driving experience. The only thing that would not be in Doubt with the Discovery or Defender are its 4wd credentials.

      Then we get to the next option. Customisation. There are so many after market customisation options available that it seems that a whole industry has grown up around van customisation.

      Again, very confusing.

      So its back to the drawing board.

      With best regards

      Confused of Warwickshire.