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Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
« Reply #40 on: September 20, 2010, 02:49:03 PM »
1 March 2006
A father and son have set up a UK online auction site they hope will eventually rival eBay.
Hunt For It, which goes live today, hopes to woo sellers from other auction sites by offering various sweeteners. Top of the list is free item listing. The founders, Rikki Hunt and his 16-year old son Martin, claim an estimated 52 per cent of all paid for item listings on eBay are never sold so sellers on Hunt For It won't waste money if they fail to find a buyer.
Can't find 'Hunt for it' anywhere!!

Well, Drone, was eBay overtaken?  Or did reality set in?  A 'free item listing' sounds great!(Almost a gift!)
Is 'Hunt For It' a television show?
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But that's just me!

PS  Do you know how the free WiFi project, that has only cost around half-a-million pounds [so far] is going?

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Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
« Reply #41 on: September 20, 2010, 02:57:35 PM »
Rule Number One?

What some of you are saying cannot be true, for the simple reason that it's unethical [and, depending on the circumstances, illegal] to intertwine private commercial-development interests with statutory regulatory government functions, required to be conducted purely in the public interest. 
Otherwise, we could all make a fast buck [or £450,000 or so, for starters].  But we'd soon get sussed.

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Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
« Reply #42 on: September 20, 2010, 03:28:26 PM »
Rule Number One?

What some of you are saying cannot be true, for the simple reason that it's unethical [and, depending on the circumstances, illegal] to intertwine private commercial-development interests with statutory regulatory government functions, required to be conducted purely in the public interest. 
Otherwise, we could all make a fast buck [or £450,000 or so, for starters].  But we'd soon get sussed.

Which particular bit do you think cannot be true?
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Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
« Reply #43 on: September 20, 2010, 04:45:12 PM »
Many years ago I read somewhere that if every small business employed just one extra person there would be no unemployment so why are we messing around with these highly paid marketing people?

Richard, I remember seeing that also. To that end I think that the Government are hoping that small business, and the LEPs, will step up and bail them out when the axe needlessly falls several million time. That is why they are keen that the LEPs have adequate small business representation and that the FSB takes a leading role. It is a step in the right direction but remains to be seen who will ultimately have control of the LEPs in the end. If it is the usual protagonist then I do not hold much hope.
Even if the LEPs prove to be progressive and pro-active its is still limited as to how it can stimulate growth, as the £1b pot of cash will not stretch that far nationwide. We will be, more than likely, in the grip of another recession. A great deal of small business supply service to the public sector and incentivising these businesses to expand in a recession while the public sector contracts will be a neat trick.

Many years ago I read somewhere that if every small business employed just one extra person there would be no unemployment so why are we messing around with these highly paid marketing people?

Instead of spending £4.9m on paving slabs and le pissoir just help small businesses with the horendous rates on start up and get some activity into some of those empty shops ala Theatre Square where not even Oxfam seem to be able to survive?  There are also an increasing number of empty ones in Old Town and what are these people doing about it - apparently nothing?

This administration is more interested in using its funds to set up its own private sector business concerns that compete with local business than supporting local business financially.


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Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
« Reply #44 on: September 20, 2010, 05:52:23 PM »
02777296 THE MITCHEMP TRUST Director  12/10/1996
Youth development charity, still going

05438803 SWINDON SUPERMARINE LAND LIMITED Director  08/06/2005
Still going

05584366 NINE RETAIL LIMITED Director 05/10/2005
Mrs Hunt's shop in Old Town, don't think it's still there.

04509901 THE NEW SWINDON COMPANY LTD Director 12/07/2007
Now 'Forward Swindon'

06990831 DIGITAL CITY (UK) LIMITED Director 15/09/2009
No comment

06990825 AVIDITY CONSULTING LIMITED Director 16/09/2009
http://www.avidityconsulting.net/
Also gets a mention in the council minutes from the 22nd of July over its realtionship with Digital City.

06990817 CARDIO LIMITED Director 16/09/2009
http://www.thinking.co.uk/
Still waiting on the website...

03391904 LEOPARD PEL LIMITED Director 08/08/1997 01/11/2001
Also known as 'Petrol Express', still active

00477257 THAMES RICO SERVICE STATIONS LIMITED Director 28/08/1997 01/11/2001
01027878 THAMES RICO LIMITED Director 28/08/1997 01/11/2001
Runs serice stations. Still active (I think)

00053100 SWINDON TOWN FOOTBALL COMPANY LIMITED Director 02/01/1993 25/10/1999
No comment

03104384 KESTREL CONSULTING (EDUCATION) LIMITED Director 20/09/1995 28/04/2006
http://www.thinkingschool.co.uk/
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Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
« Reply #45 on: September 20, 2010, 06:03:04 PM »
04316765 FUELFORCE LIMITED Director 22/11/2001 30/04/2005
04316775 FUELFORCE HOLDINGS LIMITED Director 22/11/2001 30/04/2005
Still active

06381656 ART GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY LTD Director 13/12/2007 08/04/2008
Can't find anything online about this one.

02144054 FOSROC TAIWAN LIMITED Director  13/07/1995
Construction company, still active

01404376 UNITED KINGDOM PETROLEUM INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION Director 08/08/1995
01371356 CASTROL INDUSTRIAL LIMITED Director 13/07/1995

00821044 APEX SERVICE STATIONS LIMITED  Director 13/07/1995
Garage in Hertfordshire

00761771 FOSECO (RUL) LIMITED  Director 13/07/1995
Can't find what this company does/did

00337507 DUSSEK CAMPBELL (CABLES) LIMITED  Director 13/07/1995
Part of Burma Castrol

00088767 MAJOR AND COMPANY LIMITED  Director 13/07/1995
Can't find anything on this one

03104302 KESTREL CONSULTING (SERVICES) LIMITED Director 20/09/1995 12/02/2008
03696060 KESTREL CONSULTING (BUSINESS) LIMITED Director 15/01/1999 11/12/2007
See above

04146195 SWINDON JAZZ LIMITED Director 06/03/2001 27/02/2007
04161591 SWINDON RADIO LIMITED Director 30/12/2001 20/02/2007
Can't find anything about either of these

05531246 HUNT FOR IT LIMITED Director 29/09/2005 16/12/2008
Dissolved???

05860840 SMART MOBILE SOLUTIONS UK LIMITED  12/07/2006 02/06/2009
Apparently dissolved 2006???

06381655 AVENUE SHELFCO 45 LIMITED Director 13/12/2007 26/01/2010
Computer company. Can't figure out what it does or if it's still trading.
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Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
« Reply #46 on: September 20, 2010, 09:50:33 PM »
04146195 SWINDON JAZZ LIMITED Director 06/03/2001 27/02/2007
04161591 SWINDON RADIO LIMITED Director 30/12/2001 20/02/2007
Can't find anything about either of these

Swindon Radio Limited traded as Swindon FM and ran a station that had a couple of one-month fm licences, and then broadcast for over a year on digital radio. It put in a bid for the licence eventually awarded to Brunel FM (now replaced by Total Star). Having failed to get the licence, it ceased broadcasting in May 2007. See http://www.swindonfm.com/about/index.html for some information about Mr Hunt's involvement, and in particular http://www.swindonfm.com/about/rikki.html .

Swindon Jazz was one of the backers of Swindon Radio and existed to run a Jazz festival in Swindon.

05531246 HUNT FOR IT LIMITED Director 29/09/2005 16/12/2008
Dissolved???

Believe so, though company outlasted its business by many years.
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Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
« Reply #47 on: September 21, 2010, 06:21:37 AM »
Thank you!
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Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
« Reply #48 on: September 21, 2010, 08:54:10 AM »
My record show:
SWINDON PROPERTY GROUP LIMITED
Company No. 06073552
Incorporated 30/01/2007 Accounts (TOTAL EXEMPTION SMALL)Statement of Capital £1115
John Hunt appointed as director 20/04/2010

THE NEW SWINDON COMPANY LTD
 Company No. 04509901
Incorporated 13/08/2002
Since 10/09/2009 five directors have terminated.

SWINDON COMMERCIAL SERVICES LIMITED
 Company No. 06969563
Incorporated 22/07/2009 (no accounts filed)

J R PROPERTY (LIVERPOOL) LTD
Company No. 06381654
Incorporated 25/09/2007, dissolved 02/02/2010 (no accounts filed)

AVIDITY CONSULTING LIMITED
Company No. 06990825
Incorporated 14/08/2009 (No accounts filed)

CIPOL ENERGY LIMITED
Company No. 05966169
Incorporated 13/10/2006, Dissolved 15/09/2009 (Dormant Company Accounts)

CIPOL ENERGY SOLUTIONS LIMITED
Company No. 06674018
Incorporated 15/08/2008, Dissolved 24/03/2010 (No accounts filed)

CIPOL GLOBAL ENERGY LIMITED
Company No. 06560091
Incorporated 09/04/2008, Dissolved 24/11/2009 (No accounts filed)

KESTREL CONSULTING LIMITED
Company No. 07229530
Incorporated 20/04/2010 (No accounts filed)

KESTREL CONSULTING (EDUCATION) LIMITED
SN4 0UY
Company No. 03104384
Incorporated 20/09/1995 (small accounts Total exemption)

PETROL EXPRESS LIMITED
Company No. 00481139
Incorporated  18/04/1950 dormant 31/12/2008

JR Property (Manchester) Ltd (Not listed at Companies House)
Cardio Consulting Ltd  (Not listed at Companies House.)

SMART MOBILE SOLUTIONS (GB) LIMITED
Company No. 06242180
Incorporated 09/05/2007, Dormant 31/05/09
Overdue a return

SMART MOBILE SOLUTIONS UK LIMITED
Company No. 05860840
Incorporated 28/06/2006, Dissolved 09/06/2009

BATHGATE
A wi-fi zone feasibility study is currently underway  by Get Signal Ltd. through Enterprising Bathgate Ltd. Signage strategy will be implemented in late summer.
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Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
« Reply #49 on: September 21, 2010, 10:01:12 AM »
Ouofowner that makes very interesting reading.

Does anyone know if Bathgate Wi-fi is proceeding or has it gone no further than a feasibility study for DC will be paid?
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« Reply #50 on: September 21, 2010, 10:17:58 AM »
Ouofowner that makes very interesting reading.

Does anyone know if Bathgate Wi-fi is proceeding or has it gone no further than a feasibility study for DC will be paid?


Hi Richard

www.bathgatebid.net/EB%20NEWS%20June2010.pdf

Bottom of page 2.

And a small shout out on this:

www.bathgatebid.net/newsletter_sept_09.pdf

Seems to be a much more measured approach at first glance.
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Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
« Reply #51 on: September 21, 2010, 01:29:28 PM »
Thank you Chris, interesting reading.

Of note only some free access and I hope this is not being funded with our money and they get it and we don't!!
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« Reply #52 on: September 21, 2010, 05:02:00 PM »
Did you notice in the first of Chris' linkeys it mentioned a "Focus event in mid August". I wonder if that was kin to the "media fury" (or whatever) that Rikki promised Swindon for 13th August and I wonder if Bathgate had their "focus event"?

I have asked my cousin in Bathgate to take a look-see.
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Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
« Reply #53 on: September 21, 2010, 05:17:26 PM »

I hope Bathgate does give Rikki Huint some money, because Swindon will not get finished until they do.

And, if Swindon doesn't get finished SBC has zero chance of recouping the loan or making the promised £700,000 profit by the end of 2011.




As if it was ever going to happen anyway.....

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« Reply #54 on: September 21, 2010, 05:34:20 PM »

As if it was ever going to happen anyway.....

Precisely what I have said from day 1, but I still hope to be proven wrong!
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« Reply #55 on: September 22, 2010, 06:24:55 AM »
And did you read the Link article where he blames the slow roll-out on the council not coughing up the money quick enough? Odd way to run a private sector business...
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« Reply #56 on: September 22, 2010, 09:42:44 AM »
And did you read the Link article where he blames the slow roll-out on the council not coughing up the money quick enough? Odd way to run a private sector business...

Yes I did but if you are reliant on one source of capital I guess it could affect your plans.  The trouble is that all concerned thought the £450k loan was done and dusted.

Does anyone know what is the latest news on roll out and paying customers?
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Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
« Reply #57 on: September 22, 2010, 02:22:11 PM »

Rikki does issue some odd statements.  I've now heard from half a dozen different directions that he's claiming to have personally lost three-quarters of a million pounds on the wifiasco.

I'm pretty sure that it you add up the cost of the equipment installed so far, and add a generous amount for installation, he shouldn't have spent anything like the £450,000 public loan yet.

A couple of points:

1. Given that the pRodject was initially claimed to have £1,500,000 (?) of backing, a 'slow roll-out' of funds shouldn't have made any difference.

2. The second and third loan phases of £250,000 and £50,000 were released to him early despite Digital City having already failed to meet the progress measures it had already agreed with the council.

3. Effectively £300,000 of public money was given to Mr Hunt far earlier than should have been the case, in fact, looking back it is now obvious that the remaining £300,000 should not have been released at all.


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« Reply #58 on: September 22, 2010, 02:50:12 PM »
Not much happening on the Get Signal website. Any dates yet for the town centre roll out? Also, am I misreading the site or is the free access only available when the roll out is complete? Also, if you go for the free service and live in an old house or blackspot, there is a good chance you won't get any signal. I think.


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« Reply #59 on: September 22, 2010, 03:06:23 PM »
Incredible Geoff.

Unless Rikki is saying the project is dead, he cannot possibly have lost anything. The costs of installing the network along with the equipment are capital costs, to be written off over their expected lifespan.