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Town Planning, Housing Developments, Transport & Education => Regenerating Swindon => Topic started by: roborant on September 16, 2010, 04:30:48 PM

Title: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on September 16, 2010, 04:30:48 PM

Administrator Comment First two posts split from a Swindon Regeneration Topic by request - Dougal :)


I found an anouncement about the new "Local Enterprise Partnership".  The document was signed by Rikki Hunt and Rod Bluh among others.

[url]http://www.forwardswindon.co.uk/literature/[/url] ([url]http://www.forwardswindon.co.uk/literature/[/url])



Who is Rikki Hunt?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Mart on September 16, 2010, 10:03:14 PM
New thread required.

CEO
Digital City (UK) Ltd
(Wireless industry)

October 2009 — Present (1 year )

Digital City (UK) Ltd is a partnership between Me Swindon Borough Council and aQovia.
Signal is a next generation wireless network provider with a difference. We are not just selling connectivity on the move but many useful applications that will benefit whole communities. As part of our service we are offering limited free access to our networks.

Director
Cardio Consulting Ltd
(Privately Held; Professional Training & Coaching industry)

February 2009 — Present (1 year 8 months)

Creating sustainable, winning, people-led cultures
Cardio are experienced Practitioner Consultants. All of us have been, and many still are, on the front line of fighting successfully, for today’s profitability. We have a real passion for helping you, your people and your organisation to make sense of our changing world and to create a sustainable winning “people-led” model for the future.

MD
Avidity Consulting Ltd
(Public Company; Civic & Social Organization industry)

2009 — Present (1 year )

Avidity provides the following services for Major employers and the Sme Market:
Interim Chairman and Directors
Business coaching
Non Exec Directors

Avidity clients are typically with in a 3 hour drive time of Swindon. Primary client base is along the M4 corridor, Gloucester , Southampton and Bournemouth.

Non Exec Director
Forward Swindon Ltd
(Management Consulting industry)

July 2007 — Present (3 years 3 months)

Swindon has a thriving economy and significant growth plans. It is expanding to become a major regional centre offering a high-quality lifestyle in the South West.

Non Exec Chairman
Swindon PropertyGroup Ltd
(Financial Services industry)

2006 — Present (4 years )

Swindon Property Group Ltd is a pro-active company focused on achieving one primary objective - providing solutions that fulfil all your property needs.

Chair
Swindon Strategic Economic Partnership
(Government Relations industry)

September 2006 — Present (4 years 1 month)

The SSEP was established in 2006 to lead Swindon's ambitious strategy for economic growth.
The Partnership's Aims
* To develop and promote the economic wellbeing of Swindon
* To co-ordinate and influence partners' activities to meet the Swindon Economic Development Vision and Framework
* To constructively challenge all stakeholders to make a positive impact on the economy of Swindon
* To deliver the Partnership Delivery Plan, including Local Area Agreement outcomes

Council Member and Deputy County President North
St John Ambulance Wiltshire & Swindon
(Hospital & Health Care industry)

1997 — Present (13 years )

I have been involved in St John ambulance in various voluntary rolls for over 12 years

Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Mitchemp Trust
(Management Consulting industry)

October 1996 — Present (14 years )

Our Vision: To give young people the hope, confidence and life skills to meet the challenges in their lives and together build trust and motivation through a journey of experience, adventure and fun.

CEO
Burmah Petroleum Fuels Ltd
(Retail industry)

1991 — 2006 (15 years )


MD
Fuelforce ltd
(Wireless industry)

2000 — 2005 (5 years )

MD
petrol express
(Wireless industry)

1996 — 2000 (4 years )


Let the frenzy begin.

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on September 17, 2010, 07:37:54 PM
Thanks, Mart:  That gives me an insight. 
From what you say, this Rikki might be a surprise package. 
Is there a solid relationship between Rikki and local councillors?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Mart on September 17, 2010, 07:41:09 PM
Oooh, I'd say about 3 of them have a meaningful relationship based on trust, respect and continued funding for a scheme that is redefining 'slippage'.



Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Tea Boy on September 17, 2010, 09:56:06 PM
He's so embed into Swindon Borough Council, i expect he'll soon have is own office in the civic, fitted with bunk beds.

Swindon Commerical Attache?

Commerce Tzar?

I can comfortably predict he will soon invent another company of which he will be CEO no doubt. Probably soemthing to do with unsused wifi equipment recycling?

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on September 18, 2010, 10:37:21 AM
He must be very high up in Swindon Council.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Chris Watts on September 18, 2010, 01:02:25 PM
CE in waiting you might think...
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid on September 18, 2010, 01:40:38 PM
 
CE in waiting you might think...

Funny you should say that because there's a certain amount of high-level briefing against Gavin Jones happening.

Some might say that Gavin's desk is being moved closer to the door and Rikki's footsteps can be heard coming up the back stairs.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Chris Watts on September 18, 2010, 01:53:57 PM

CE in waiting you might think...

Funny you should say that because there's a certain amount of high-level briefing against Gavin Jones happening.

Some might say that Gavin's desk is being moved closer to the door and Rikki's footsteps can be heard coming up the back stairs.

Interesting, somehow I can not see Gavin taking that sitting down. That is a hefty salary to protect.

Apparently the CE appointment has to be ratified by full council. I am not sure if RHs influence stretches much beyond the kitchen Cabinet but there is always the Tory whip I suppose.

Oh, and of course, the old chestnut of changing the constitution to fit a purpose is an option for this "means justify the ends" administration.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Bogomil on September 18, 2010, 02:39:52 PM
CE in waiting you might think...

Absolutely not possible. He has had, and still has, too many business interests that would mean a conflict of interest that even those in government could not ignor.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid on September 18, 2010, 04:07:29 PM
CE in waiting you might think...

Absolutely not possible. He has had, and still has, too many business interests that would mean a conflict of interest that even those in government could not ignor.

'Conflict of interest' has not bothered the Bluhligans or the scrutiny committee one jot thus far.
 
Apparently the CE appointment has to be ratified by full council. I am not sure if RHs influence stretches much beyond the kitchen Cabinet but there is always the Tory whip I suppose.

The Conservative majority on the council, (a.k.a the 'Rodjects'), has happily rubber-stamped more or less everything placed in front of them. Some of them have stamped with more fervour than others, hence they are now sitting at various troughs and the less fervent have become, to a man and woman, also-rans.  Still, even old nags can kick out unexpectedly now and again.

I wouldn't expect to see Rikki in as full time CE, but these are interesting times and anything is possible with the Bluh idiocracy. I'm not discountingthe possibility of Rikki Hunt part-timing in the big chair. 

At least Dennis Grant is more likely to be in the big house than at Rikkis elbow though, eh?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on September 18, 2010, 04:41:15 PM

CE in waiting you might think...

Funny you should say that because there's a certain amount of high-level briefing against Gavin Jones happening.

Some might say that Gavin's desk is being moved closer to the door and Rikki's footsteps can be heard coming up the back stairs.

Gavin is paid a huge amount of money, but is in an extraordinarily difficult postion. I think, as the most senior officer, he tends to have to deal with all the unpopular stuff while Bluh and co take the credit for the big, successful vanity projects. I'm not sure how anyone could run a successful organisation or company while dealing with the political guano being sprayed from the civic offices and endlessly finding money for the latest vanity project.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on September 18, 2010, 05:29:45 PM
the back stairs.

while Bluh and co take the credit for the big, successful vanity projects.
quote]

Which are drone?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on September 18, 2010, 05:30:20 PM


'while Bluh and co take the credit for the big, successful vanity projects.'
quote]

Which are Drone?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on September 18, 2010, 06:38:59 PM
Sorry, shouldn't have used the word 'successful'. Ummmm...being twinned with Disneyland? The Big Weekend and the press coverage of WIFI still seems to make them proud.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Mart on September 18, 2010, 07:11:12 PM
coming up the back stairs

I have just had a vision of the Rikkster ascending Rodders' back passage.

I ain't had my dinner yet. Think I'll have soup.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on September 18, 2010, 08:05:50 PM
The Ins and Outs of the Web
Mart  - Many Thanks for the cv facts,  That's quite a list! 

It seems that someone has been pursuing an ambulance path of interest for some time now.  That is noble, and all for the public good, of course. I have been offered different wording for this activity, as it sems that less-angelic individuals seek to profit from a similarly-phrased occupation. That clearly cannot be the case here - though it ties in neatly with being a cardio consultant.  People who are devoted [to something] and give, give, give, all the time, are to be admired.  I would love t get free stuff.

Chasing after the facts can be tiring - but rewarding.  I feel that I am only just starting to scratch the surface. But I shudder at the thought of going anywhere near its bottom.

Ambulance work is a specialised field, and mouth-to-something resuscitation is just not my bag: That takes a skilled operator, with predilections and propensities that I simply do not have. I never trumpet my voluntary roles or my wonderful work for charity. [In fact, I never mention them].  But, according to your message, others are not too shy to publicly announce that they perform "voluntary rolls".  I can only imagine that's more of a gymnastic exercise - but it could involve handing out bread to the poor.  I simply don't know.  But, "Let them eat . . . well something." That's what I say.

However, questions arise - including:  Is 'Burmah Petroleum' an oil-like business?:  Is SSEP quite a different initiative from NSC/FS, and are its achievements set out anywhere, in a clear-to-understand form [unlike its almost-metaphysically phrased 'aims']?  Are commercial property-development interests always kept carefully separated from publicly-funded statutory functions, such as a local authority's duties under the planning Acts - like determining development applications, for example? 

I'm confused.  There seems to be a tangled pattern, or something, here - but who's at the centre, pulling the strings?  Not someone who hangs around, obviously. 

I was not aware that a thing called 'Forward Swindon' had been around for over 3 years - but is it set to be overtaken by something with another name, like SWLEP, for example?  If so, who's behind that?  Not the same characters, I hope.  A new cast would be welcome [as the man in the ambulance might have said].

I saw a shadowy figure last night, but someone reassured me that I was being tricked, and it was only an 'éminence grise'.  I think that could mean a greasy Eminem [or an M&M], but I'm not sure.  Perhaps other posters could help with the meaning of that.  Is it a 'behind the scenes' thing?

I only wish I could find a pro-active company focused on achieving one primary objective - providing solutions that fulfil all my property needs.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: ZPW on September 18, 2010, 08:12:18 PM

Interesting, somehow I can not see Gavin taking that sitting down. That is a hefty salary to protect.

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Not with you on this Chris; Gav-the-Rocker's salary is a normal market rate given the budget,headcount etc. He can command a higher pacakage outside the public sector. GTR is not a worried man.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Chris Watts on September 18, 2010, 09:51:27 PM
Z, I was not suggesting that GJ is over paid because I do not know what the market rate is, but the use of the word "hefty" is fair by most people's standards. All I know is that if I was on such a salary I would not let it go without a fight. In fact, I would not let my current considerably lower salary go without a scrap.

Your post made me check the definition of hefty to see if it encompassed excessive. Although it doesn't I particularly liked point 3.

1. Of considerable weight; heavy.
2. Rugged and powerful. See Synonyms at heavy.
3. Informal Of considerable size or amount: a hefty serving of mashed potatoes;

That's a big old plate of spuds for the CE.

(Why Gav-the-Rocker? Cool nick name)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: komadori on September 18, 2010, 10:01:59 PM
However, questions arise - including:  Is 'Burmah Petroleum' an oil-like business?:  Is SSEP quite a different initiative from NSC/FS, and are its achievements set out anywhere, in a clear-to-understand form [unlike its almost-metaphysically phrased 'aims']?

Answers to those are Yes, yes and no, respectively.

Are commercial property-development interests always kept carefully separated from publicly-funded statutory functions, such as a local authority's duties under the planning Acts - like determining development applications, for example? 

As the council's planning department is separate from any of these quasi-autonomous organisations in which Mr Hunt has a hand, one would hope so.

I was not aware that a thing called 'Forward Swindon' had been around for over 3 years

I think Mr Hunt is being economical and rolling his involvement in The New Swindon Company and Forward Swindon into one.

- but is it set to be overtaken by something with another name, like SWLEP, for example?  If so, who's behind that?  Not the same characters, I hope.

Err... an ironic question I presume. I refer you to the first post in this thread.

I found an anouncement about the new "Local Enterprise Partnership".  The document was signed by Rikki Hunt and Rod Bluh among others.

[url]http://www.forwardswindon.co.uk/literature/[/url] ([url]http://www.forwardswindon.co.uk/literature/[/url])


Whilst we're examining Mr Hunt's CV, I note that neither Fuelforce ltd nor petrol express were originally in the Wireless industry. They were both in the petrol distribution business. Their move into the wireless industry seems to have only happened after they ceased to be active companies but, of course, that transition does allow Mr Hunt to claim a rather greater involvement in the wireless communications industry that would otherwise have been the case.

I also note that the CV quoted by Mart is rather selective. The list of Mr Hunt's directorships past and present is somewhat longer
Co. No.Co. NameApp. typeApp. Date
02777296 THE MITCHEMP TRUST Director 12/10/1996
05438803 SWINDON SUPERMARINE LAND LIMITED Director 08/06/2005
05584366 NINE RETAIL LIMITED Director 05/10/2005
04509901 THE NEW SWINDON COMPANY LTD Director 12/07/2007
06990831 DIGITAL CITY (UK) LIMITED Director 15/09/2009
06990825 AVIDITY CONSULTING LIMITED Director 16/09/2009
06990817 CARDIO LIMITED Director 16/09/2009
03391904 LEOPARD PEL LIMITED Director 08/08/1997 01/11/2001
00477257 THAMES RICO SERVICE STATIONS LIMITED Director 28/08/1997 01/11/2001
01027878 THAMES RICO LIMITED Director 28/08/1997 01/11/2001
00053100 SWINDON TOWN FOOTBALL COMPANY LIMITED Director 02/01/1993 25/10/1999
03104384 KESTREL CONSULTING (EDUCATION) LIMITED Director20/09/1995 28/04/2006
03391904 LEOPARD PEL LIMITED Director 08/08/1997 01/11/2001
00477257 THAMES RICO SERVICE STATIONS LIMITED Director 28/08/1997 01/11/2001
01027878 THAMES RICO LIMITED Director 28/08/1997 01/11/2001
04316765 FUELFORCE LIMITED Director22/11/2001 30/04/2005
04316775 FUELFORCE HOLDINGS LIMITED Director22/11/2001 30/04/2005
06381656 ART GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY LTD Director13/12/2007 08/04/2008
02144054 FOSROC TAIWAN LIMITED Director 13/07/1995
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
00761771 FOSECO (RUL) LIMITED Director 13/07/1995
00337507 DUSSEK CAMPBELL (CABLES) LIMITED Director 13/07/1995
00088767 MAJOR AND COMPANY LIMITED Director 13/07/1995
03104302 KESTREL CONSULTING (SERVICES) LIMITED Director 20/09/1995 12/02/2008
03696060 KESTREL CONSULTING (BUSINESS) LIMITED Director 15/01/1999 11/12/2007
04146195 SWINDON JAZZ LIMITED Director 06/03/2001 27/02/2007
04161591 SWINDON RADIO LIMITED Director 30/12/2001 20/02/2007
05531246 HUNT FOR IT LIMITED Director 29/09/2005 16/12/2008
05860840 SMART MOBILE SOLUTIONS UK LIMITED 12/07/2006 02/06/2009
06381655 AVENUE SHELFCO 45 LIMITED Director 13/12/2007 26/01/2010
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on September 19, 2010, 08:12:48 AM
That's quite a list Komadori, do you know how many of them still exist and how successful they were?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: ZPW on September 19, 2010, 12:27:37 PM

(Why Gav-the-Rocker? Cool nick name)



Gav-the-Rocker?
Too cool for his lycras. See his own deeply disturbing desire of the dream job.....
http://www.swindonweb.com/?m=2&s=625&ss=627&c=4373&t=Hot+seat+-+Gavin+Jones (http://www.swindonweb.com/?m=2&s=625&ss=627&c=4373&t=Hot+seat+-+Gavin+Jones)

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on September 19, 2010, 12:32:34 PM
Mart & Komadori have supplied long lists.

But I'm still not sure what this person [Is it a man?] does.

And you don’t mention degrees / qualifications. 

Conjuring tricks are a craft, of course.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on September 19, 2010, 12:36:43 PM
This thread was not intended to be about someone called Gavin - but about 'someone called Rikki'.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on September 19, 2010, 01:29:02 PM
http://www.swindonweb.com/job/index.asp?m=1159&s=0&ss=0&c=6395 (http://www.swindonweb.com/job/index.asp?m=1159&s=0&ss=0&c=6395)

Quote
"I tell my kids to chill out. You're going to work until you're 70, so you might as well take the time out now to enjoy yourself.
 
"I've been in work since I was 15, and I'll be in it 'til I'm 100. That's just me."


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Creating-Thinking-Organization-Groundrules-Success/dp/0566082306 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Creating-Thinking-Organization-Groundrules-Success/dp/0566082306)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on September 19, 2010, 01:33:07 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.

Sellers will also keep more of the proceeds of a sale as Hunt For It commission rates can be lower than their rivals. For example on items costing £15.01 up to £600, Hunt For It will charge three per cent commission; around one per cent less than many auction sites.

In addition sellers can make extra money if buyers use the site's SMS service to make bids. Unlike eBay, which has an exclusive tie up with O2, the Hunt For It service allows buyers on any network to bid for any item via text.

This service will cost the bidder 25 pence plus their normal network charges. Of the 25 pence fee charged by Hunt For It, the seller receives five pence which is automatically credited to their account.

Can't find 'Hunt for it' anywhere!!
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: ZPW on September 19, 2010, 01:50:13 PM
This thread was not intended to be about someone called Gavin - but about 'someone called Rikki'.

Yes. Apols.
Assumed that by now the answer had been established as a bit of a chancer really.

Yards of resume material but no commendations.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Chris Watts on September 19, 2010, 03:47:29 PM
This thread was not intended to be about someone called Gavin - but about 'someone called Rikki'.

Yes. Apols.
Assumed that by now the answer had been established as a bit of a chancer really.

Yards of resume material but no commendations.

Ditto, I consider myself suitably  :bottom:
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on September 19, 2010, 08:26:29 PM
What is Rikki's job?
What is his position?
Is Rikki a 'freelancer'?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Chris Watts on September 19, 2010, 09:09:09 PM
What is Rikki's job?


Rikki has many jobs and is a member of many boards. Currently his most prevalent and talk about positions are:

Managing Director of Digital City (The WiFi company in receipt of £400,000 SBC loan, using delegate powers under the auspice of town centre regeneration, and free SBC office space in the Murray John Building)
Managing Director of Avidity Consulting Ltd (Allegedly selling or has sold consultancy into Digital City)
Chairman of the SSEP ( http://www.ssep.org.uk/ssep/ssep-about.htm (http://www.ssep.org.uk/ssep/ssep-about.htm) )
Non-Exec Director Forward Swindon (Charged with the regeneration of the Town Centre.)

Although his property connections are also being discussed.

What is his position?


As above

Is Rikki a 'freelancer'?


In as much as any self employed businessman.

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid on September 19, 2010, 10:02:58 PM


...and he is currently trying quite hard to get himself on another board, with the help of his old mate Roderick Bluh:


I warn you before hand, there's enough bollocks being spake in this document to make you gag....

http://www.fsb.org.uk/119/assets/gsw%20lep%20eoi%20final%20sept2010.pdf (http://www.fsb.org.uk/119/assets/gsw%20lep%20eoi%20final%20sept2010.pdf)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: concerned_of_Old_Town on September 19, 2010, 10:06:39 PM
According to the latest published minutes of the http://www.ssep.org.uk/ssep_board_mins_21_may_09.pdf (http://www.ssep.org.uk/ssep_board_mins_21_may_09.pdf) (which are a year old!) he is also chairman of Cipol Energy Limited!!!
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Chris Watts on September 19, 2010, 10:13:36 PM


...and he is currently trying quite hard to get himself on another board, with the help of his old mate Roderick Bluh:


I warn you before hand, there's enough bollocks being spake in this document to make you gag....

[url]http://www.fsb.org.uk/119/assets/gsw%20lep%20eoi%20final%20sept2010.pdf[/url] ([url]http://www.fsb.org.uk/119/assets/gsw%20lep%20eoi%20final%20sept2010.pdf[/url])


I glazed over after 30 seconds...  :wakeup:
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on September 19, 2010, 10:19:11 PM


...and he is currently trying quite hard to get himself on another board, with the help of his old mate Roderick Bluh:


I warn you before hand, there's enough bollocks being spake in this document to make you gag....

[url]http://www.fsb.org.uk/119/assets/gsw%20lep%20eoi%20final%20sept2010.pdf[/url] ([url]http://www.fsb.org.uk/119/assets/gsw%20lep%20eoi%20final%20sept2010.pdf[/url])


Did Rod sign it because I could not identify a signature?

and how much did it cost us to publish all that stuff - in the current economic climate will it actually pay for itself in jobs?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: moley on September 19, 2010, 10:21:42 PM


...and he is currently trying quite hard to get himself on another board, with the help of his old mate Roderick Bluh:


I warn you before hand, there's enough bollocks being spake in this document to make you gag....

[url]http://www.fsb.org.uk/119/assets/gsw%20lep%20eoi%20final%20sept2010.pdf[/url] ([url]http://www.fsb.org.uk/119/assets/gsw%20lep%20eoi%20final%20sept2010.pdf[/url])


I read this document and asked the hypothetical question  "if I were setting up a new business in this area, how would this organization be able to help me?".  Haven't come up with an answer yet.... might be interesting if the question ceased to be hypothetical.

Moley
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Chris Watts on September 20, 2010, 12:21:53 AM


...and he is currently trying quite hard to get himself on another board, with the help of his old mate Roderick Bluh:


I warn you before hand, there's enough bollocks being spake in this document to make you gag....

[url]http://www.fsb.org.uk/119/assets/gsw%20lep%20eoi%20final%20sept2010.pdf[/url] ([url]http://www.fsb.org.uk/119/assets/gsw%20lep%20eoi%20final%20sept2010.pdf[/url])


The SSEP is in a privileged position with early access to new business that wants to set up in the borough. From what I heard, the first stab at an LEP for Swindon was to take the SSEP and change the second letter from an S to an L. Job done, business as usual, let's order new stationary.

Apparently, Pickles was having none of this and sent it back requesting that 50% of the board is to be made up of local business and the inclusion of non-profit organisation such as the FSB. As you can imagine, this was a bit of a slap in the face for the usual suspects ie. the  Chamber, GWE etc.

Add to this the forced merger with the Wiltshire and Gloucester LEPs and you have a roost full of cocks and only one can be Foghorn Leghorn. I am sure that Rod will be working hard to get his cock into the prime position. Plenty at stake with, potentially, a big pot of cash to control.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on September 20, 2010, 09:33:26 AM
I did notice the stats on emplyment and unemployment which (to me) seemed fairly shocking:

17.5% of 16-19 year olds are unemployed
13% of 20-26 year olds are unemployed.

So...the inclusion of this data suggests this proposed new organisation sees this as something it can tackle. How? I'm still waiting to spot one of the fifty new apprenticeships that Rikki 'n' Rod promised they would create in the private sector. Has the SSEP actively helped create employment during their time? If not, how do they think this new organisation will?

It's back to this rather strange view of capitalism and the state, in which state-funded bodies staffed by unaccountable private individuals somehow convince use all they can influence the private sector.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on September 20, 2010, 10:50:48 AM
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?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Bogomil on September 20, 2010, 12:11:07 PM
What is Rikki's job?
What is his position?
Is Rikki a 'freelancer'?

More like a freeloader
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Chris Watts on September 20, 2010, 12:13:05 PM
I did notice the stats on emplyment and unemployment which (to me) seemed fairly shocking:

17.5% of 16-19 year olds are unemployed
13% of 20-26 year olds are unemployed.

So...the inclusion of this data suggests this proposed new organisation sees this as something it can tackle. How? I'm still waiting to spot one of the fifty new apprenticeships that Rikki 'n' Rod promised they would create in the private sector. Has the SSEP actively helped create employment during their time? If not, how do they think this new organisation will?

It's back to this rather strange view of capitalism and the state, in which state-funded bodies staffed by unaccountable private individuals somehow convince use all they can influence the private sector.

Exactly, I have trawled the SSEP web site and can not find a tangible example of what has been achieved. You would expect to see some success stories along the lines of "we launched such and such project last year that to date has created so many jobs" or "After the thingamybob campaign we liaised with several companies who have since relocated or opened offices in Swindon and created much employement."

In fairness, they have created a business charter and the web site is very good at pointing you to other organisations. ::)

Perhaps there are an abundance of examples and they are a little shy at communicating these successes. Or perhaps it is a talking shop for professional meeting goers to get a free lunch and build up there own business contacts.



Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant 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?
I tell my 13-year old to 'chill out': "You're going to have to work till you're 185 - but join me now, as a non-executive director, in establishing a company that will surpass anything Microsoft or Amazon have ever done."
I left scool at ten myself.
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?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant 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.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Chris Watts 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?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Chris Watts 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.


Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone 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/ (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/ (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/ (http://www.thinkingschool.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone 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.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: komadori 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 (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 (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.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on September 21, 2010, 06:21:37 AM
Thank you!
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner 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.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds 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?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Chris Watts 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 (http://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 (http://www.bathgatebid.net/newsletter_sept_09.pdf)

Seems to be a much more measured approach at first glance.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds 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!!
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner 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.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid 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.....
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds 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!
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone 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...
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds 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?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid 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.

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone 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.


http://www.getsignal.co.uk/home (http://www.getsignal.co.uk/home)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: ph1lc 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.

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on September 22, 2010, 03:48:15 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.

It must cost a bit to stick things on some lamposts in Highworth.

The public are to blame.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: peach on September 22, 2010, 04:15:00 PM
It is completely beyond me, how this is not a national scandal.  For all the bully-bullshit and bluster about the delegated decision being proper, Rikki et al have failed to deliver three fifths of bugger all.  Why isn't Bluh put under pressure by the opposition, at each public meeting to explain where the top-secret business plan (with our money) has gone wrong?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Chris Watts on September 22, 2010, 05:24:23 PM

The public are to blame.


Quite right Roborant, after all, we voted this administration into the Civic. :)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Chris Watts on September 22, 2010, 05:31:50 PM
It is completely beyond me, how this is not a national scandal.  For all the bully-bullshit and bluster about the delegated decision being proper, Rikki et al have failed to deliver three fifths of bugger all.  Why isn't Bluh put under pressure by the opposition, at each public meeting to explain where the top-secret business plan (with our money) has gone wrong?


Coincidently, the delegated decision process is on the agenda for tonights special cabinet meeting.

http://ww5.swindon.gov.uk/moderngov/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=31835&J=9 (http://ww5.swindon.gov.uk/moderngov/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=31835&J=9)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid on September 22, 2010, 08:29:11 PM

I'm sure cabinet will give its delegated authority addiction a clean bill of health..

...But 'tighten' up its act to make it harder for any of us to scrutinise their future use of it.

Bunker mentality.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Toad in the Hole on September 22, 2010, 09:31:49 PM
1 March 2006

A father and son have set up a UK online auction site they hope will eventually rival eBay.

[snip]

Can't find 'Hunt for it' anywhere!!


The Internet Archive Wayback Machine (http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.huntforit.co.uk) is your friend.

Pages from April 2006 onward load reasonably well e.g. Meet the Team (http://web.archive.org/web/20060421162858/www.huntforit.co.uk/dashboard/team.jsp).
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Bankrupt Idiot on September 22, 2010, 10:38:41 PM
Does this sum up what Rikki can deliver?

http://www.reviewcentre.com/reviews107849.html (http://www.reviewcentre.com/reviews107849.html)

Good Points: Cut-price tat. Search function seems okay.



Bad Points: Poor design and navigation means that this site is a headache to look at. The main dashboard is cluttered and ugly. The site feels as though it has been knocked up by someone in their bedroom.



General comments: Scant regard has been paid to the user experience. The left-side navigation tree appears to be fairly random and is not a reliable tool to drill down to an auction category.

In terms of their available auctions, think 'car boot sale' - most of the sellers appear to be low-end drop-ship agents, all flogging the same sort of guff. There doesn't seem to be an awful lot of selling activity, currently.

The much vaunted mobile phone access seems to be prohibitively expensive (25p on top of network rate or £1 for an SMS alert based on a set of search criteria).

The people who run the site claim that they are not trying to make a quick profit and to prove it they proudly display their 'Community Shield' - a proportion of add-on fees available periodically as an auction lot. You are invited to bid for the shield pot, with the money going to your nominated charity. The pot was originally to be auctioned monthly with the first couple of months each boosted by a donation from the owners of £1,000. This was thereafter downgraded to quarterly, with only the first pot to be subsidised. Despite having been live for over six-months there has currently been no Community Shield auction.

In summary, this site is at best amateurish. Ebay will not be worried.

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid on September 22, 2010, 11:08:36 PM

Brought up to dat and put into wifi'asco context:

Quote
In summary, 'Getsignal' is at best amateurish. BT and Virginmedia will not be worried.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on September 23, 2010, 06:21:32 AM
Does this sum up what Rikki can deliver?

[url]http://www.reviewcentre.com/reviews107849.html[/url] ([url]http://www.reviewcentre.com/reviews107849.html[/url])

Good Points: Cut-price tat. Search function seems okay.



Bad Points: Poor design and navigation means that this site is a headache to look at. The main dashboard is cluttered and ugly. The site feels as though it has been knocked up by someone in their bedroom.



General comments: Scant regard has been paid to the user experience. The left-side navigation tree appears to be fairly random and is not a reliable tool to drill down to an auction category.

In terms of their available auctions, think 'car boot sale' - most of the sellers appear to be low-end drop-ship agents, all flogging the same sort of guff. There doesn't seem to be an awful lot of selling activity, currently.

The much vaunted mobile phone access seems to be prohibitively expensive (25p on top of network rate or £1 for an SMS alert based on a set of search criteria).

The people who run the site claim that they are not trying to make a quick profit and to prove it they proudly display their 'Community Shield' - a proportion of add-on fees available periodically as an auction lot. You are invited to bid for the shield pot, with the money going to your nominated charity. The pot was originally to be auctioned monthly with the first couple of months each boosted by a donation from the owners of £1,000. This was thereafter downgraded to quarterly, with only the first pot to be subsidised. Despite having been live for over six-months there has currently been no Community Shield auction.

In summary, this site is at best amateurish. Ebay will not be worried.


Broken promises? Dissapointing performance? Hidden costs? Shurely shome mishtake...
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on September 23, 2010, 12:05:38 PM
I've composed a short limerick.
Would you like to view it?
[I didn't even need to search my rhyming dictionary - but I did have to change the names a bit]
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: ph1lc on September 23, 2010, 01:24:23 PM
Just Checked Digital City with the Credit Agency I use, worryingly SBC's loan to the company is not shown a mortgage.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on September 23, 2010, 01:36:32 PM
Just Checked Digital City with the Credit Agency I use, worryingly SBC's loan to the company is not shown a mortgage.

Is anyone going to Full Council tonight to ask why?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid on September 23, 2010, 02:07:12 PM

Just Checked Digital City with the Credit Agency I use, worryingly SBC's loan to the company is not shown a mortgage.

I don't know how the loan is recorded on credit agencies, but....

...the £450,000 loan of public money to Digital City (UK) Ltd is secured against the wifi equipment purchased by Digital City to 'enmesh' Swindon.

As the value of equipment purchased to date, (including a generous sum for installation costs), probably doesn't exceed £200,000, and Digital City (UK) Ltd is probably paying Avidity Consulting Ltd handsomely each month for 'consulting' work,  I'm assuming that the bulk of the loan money has already gone and SBC has very little chance of ever recovering even a fraction of the £450,000.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: ph1lc on September 23, 2010, 02:12:05 PM
No Geoff it isn't. For the loan to be secured it would have to be registered as a mortgage with Companies House. ALL these filings are picked up by Credit Reference Agencies.

Until such time as it is registered, SBC are just another unsecured creditor.

The normal way these charges are registered is a a floating charge for any monies over the assets.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: ph1lc on September 23, 2010, 02:14:08 PM
Avidity Consulting is a shareholder holding 25% of the company. So if D.C. ever gets to publish full accounts, any transactions between the companies will have to be disclosed in the notes.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid on September 23, 2010, 02:20:39 PM
Is anyone going to Full Council tonight to ask why?

Little point asking questions about Digital City, (or SBC's 'deal' with it), at Council.

Despite cabinet member Cllr Garry Perkins being SBC's director on the board of Digital City, he has consistantly directed the authors of such questions to ask Digital City (UK) Ltd directly.  Digital City, of course, is under no obligation to answer such questions, even though it is part owned by SBC, and therefore the taxpayer.

In my opinion, the only successful 'transformational' achievment Bluh and Co. can claim credit for is for is re-defining the meanings of Gerrymandering and Spanish Practices.

Pretty sure that Cllr's Perkins, Bluh, Edwards and Directors Taylor & Patel will be coming in for more Parliamentary scrutiny soon.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid on September 23, 2010, 02:28:57 PM
No Geoff it isn't. For the loan to be secured it would have to be registered as a mortgage with Companies House. ALL these filings are picked up by Credit Reference Agencies.

Until such time as it is registered, SBC are just another unsecured creditor.

The normal way these charges are registered is a a floating charge for any monies over the assets.


Oh, I don't doubt that that should be the case.... however:


From Loan Advance to Digital City (UK) Limited, Cabinet Date: 10th March 2010 (http://ww5.swindon.gov.uk/moderngov/Published/C00000285/M00003854/AI00020453/$LoanAdvancetoDigitalCityUKLimited.docA.ps.pdf)

Quote
Risk Management:

Financial and Procurement Implications

The Council has sought to manage its risk exposure in a number of ways:

o Through ownership of Digital City’s assets, to be purchased at an estimated cost of around £250k, remaining with the Council until the loan is repaid;

o Through the level of loan available to Digital City being limited to one third of the full amount pending sign off of a pilot in Highworth;

o Through an incentive measure whereby Avidity Consulting) has an option to increase its shareholding for a consideration of £1 provided that the loan is repaid within 2 years from the date of first drawdown.


Further information on the subject of this report can be obtained from Hitesh Patel on Direct Dial No. 01793 464931 or Email hpatel@swindon.gov.uk


I think you are now entering the territory where it will be variously claimed by anyone/everyone with their names on the paperwork that:

1. This is an investment.

2. This is a commercial loan.

3. This is innovative and exciting, but neither an investment or a loan  ;)


Welcome to the Wifi'asco  ;D



Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid on September 23, 2010, 02:40:24 PM

To see how the TS discussion on how the terms of the original loan were 'varied' to give Rikki the remainder of the loan, (even though it was obvious at that point the pRodject was already a long way up shit-creek), see: http://www.talkswindon.org/index.php?topic=5277.msg33473#msg33473 (http://www.talkswindon.org/index.php?topic=5277.msg33473#msg33473)


Detail extract:



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http://ww5.swindon.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=3854&x=1 (http://ww5.swindon.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=3854&x=1)


The only innovative and exciting things that really stand out about this is Rod Bluh's desire to shovel £450,000 of public money at his mate, on the basis of an implausible, (and invisible as it turns out), business plan and unbelieveable promises of benefits for the Town.

£700,000 profit by year 2 ?,  Bwahahahahahaha.....  :2funny:
 
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on September 23, 2010, 03:00:49 PM
Is anyone going to Full Council tonight to ask why?

Little point asking questions about Digital City, (or SBC's 'deal' with it), at Council.

Despite cabinet member Cllr Garry Perkins being SBC's director on the board of Digital City, he has consistantly directed the authors of such questions to ask Digital City (UK) Ltd directly.  Digital City, of course, is under no obligation to answer such questions, even though it is part owned by SBC, and therefore the taxpayer.


I think that reference to this lack of a charge on the assets could be raised at council and to ask why this has not been registered as is normal practice in the form of a Debenture to be cancelled on repayment of the loan, with interest?  This is for Swindon Borough Council to answer and has nothing to do with DC and therefore cannot be ignored.

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Chris Watts on September 23, 2010, 03:09:20 PM
Avidity Consulting is a shareholder holding 25% of the company. So if D.C. ever gets to publish full accounts, any transactions between the companies will have to be disclosed in the notes.


Umm interesting,  Because Avidity Consulting Limited was not an shareholder originally although stated as one in the Cabinet Briefing Note of Oct 2009 and the document above from March 2010. The shareholder was John Richard Hunt as an individual. We raised this point in April 2010 at scrutiny and the shareholding was reverted back to Avidity. Apparently a typo or a mistake by the accountant. If that had remained the status quo then I suppose payment to Avidity would not have needed to be included on the accounts to CH.

Funnily enough Aquovia (UK) Ltd was not shareholder either as stated in the same documents but it was in fact Aquovia Ltd based on the Isle of Man. This company only had 10% of its shares allocated as the other 90% were being held by the person who supplied the off-the-shelf company. We raised this point in April 2010 at scrutiny and the shareholding was reverted back to Aquovia (UK) Ltd. Apparently a typo or a mistake by the accountant blah blah blah...

We then raised the point that Mohammad Malik, purported to be the aQovia MD, was not listed at companies house as a director of aQovia after which aQovia Group Ltd of the Isle of Man became a corporate director of aQovia (UK) Ltd and the the UK company was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Isle of Man registered group company.

My head hurts... :(

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on September 23, 2010, 03:25:04 PM
These accountants seem to make an awful lot of mistakes don't they?

I wonder if they will be creative and inovative in their accounting?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid on September 23, 2010, 03:42:50 PM
Umm interesting,  Because Avidity Consulting Limited was not an shareholder originally although stated as one in the Cabinet Briefing Note of Oct 2009 and the document above from March 2010. The shareholder was John Richard Hunt as an individual. We raised this point in April 2010 at scrutiny and the shareholding was reverted back to Avidity. Apparently a typo or a mistake by the accountant. If that had remained the status quo then I suppose payment to Avidity would not have needed to be included on the accounts to CH.

Funnily enough Aquovia (UK) Ltd was not shareholder either as stated in the same documents but it was in fact Aquovia Ltd based on the Isle of Man. This company only had 10% of its shares allocated as the other 90% were being held by the person who supplied the off-the-shelf company. We raised this point in April 2010 at scrutiny and the shareholding was reverted back to Aquovia (UK) Ltd. Apparently a typo or a mistake by the accountant blah blah blah...

We then raised the point that Mohammad Malik, purported to be the aQovia MD, was not listed at companies house as a director of aQovia after which aQovia Group Ltd of the Isle of Man became a corporate director of aQovia (UK) Ltd and the the UK company was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Isle of Man registered group company.

My head hurts... :(


That reminds me, we must remember that discussions such as these are 'Damaging and Offensive' according to SBC's lead member for finance, Cllr Mark Edwards*.


A short video asking whether Conservative dominated Swindon Borough Council is looking after local businesses as well as it claims.

Swindon Conservatives have become mired in controversy after secretly entering into a public/private partnership to procure a Borough-Wide WiFi 'mesh' for the town.

Members of the Talkswindon forum have been helpfully pointing out the many errors, flaws and 'oddities' surrounding the scheme ([url]http://www.talkswindon.org/index.php?board=207.0[/url]) and its backers.

This help has not been welcomed by the Councils cabinet members who have described questions about their WiFi project as 'damaging' and 'offensive'.


This video was 100% factually accurate at the time it was first published.

http://www.youtube.com/v/mQ4l52hR8rs&hl=en_GB&fs=1&

After it was published the facts were at first denied by politicians before they had checked them, then there was an embarrassing scramble to alter names and addresses on documents before excuses were offered for multiple 'little mistakes'.

Readers can make their own minds up whether the excuse. or appearance of, rank incomptetance has/is being used (several times so far) to cover an equally incompetent attempt at fraud. 


*Although nowhere near as damaging and offensive as this Tory Homunculous's mishandling of Swindon's finances.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on September 24, 2010, 11:08:33 AM

That reminds me, we must remember that discussions such as these are 'Damaging and Offensive' according to SBC's lead member for finance, Cllr Mark Edwards*.


Sieg Heil

Any talking [or even paying attention, for that matter] is of course highly suspicious, reprehensible, damaging and offensive, and should be punishable by law - as with any criminal activity:  We all know that. 
Looking at things can also cause concern, and should lead to investigation and prosecution.
So, it’s always best to say and do nothing.  And avert your eyes.
Some famed Leaders have favoured that pattern, as a regime for the masses - whilst they themselves proclaiming loudly from the balconies about their victorious reign, all the while encouraging loud applause and bouts of cheering. [That's permitted] But, 'discussion'?  Nein! . . . Niet!
It's our own fault.  We can't blame the cast.  Because we bought the tickets. 
It's our children's world.  And we've formed it.   
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on September 28, 2010, 11:30:08 AM
http://www.swindon.gov.uk/spb_biog_and_pics-2 (http://www.swindon.gov.uk/spb_biog_and_pics-2)

Yet another Rikki success story on the Swindon Partnership Board website along with some of his other defunct companies.

Rikki was a non-executive director of Swindon Mortgages Ltd. Unfortunately they went into liquidation in November 2008 and were finally disolved in April 2010. Mind you by then he was very busy learning Ohm's Law.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on September 28, 2010, 12:17:45 PM
http://forecourttrader.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/36/The_force_is_strong.html (http://forecourttrader.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/36/The_force_is_strong.html)


Here's what happened at the "really successful" Fuelforce.

But by the end of April Rikki had resigned from his post as chairman of Fuelforce following moves by one of his investors – the Royal Bank of Scotland – to sell up and realise its interests in the company.

However, he is keen to stress that the move was not prompted by financial difficulties – which could easily have been the impression gained from the outside.

"realise its interests in the company." = The Royal Bank of Scotland foreclosed on the loan.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid on September 28, 2010, 02:32:16 PM

Are people realising, albeit slowly, that the Mr Hunts 'business' is selling ideas to greedy people with more cash than sense? - Most recently to Roderick Bluh who has, of course, used our cash.

In 'Rikki-Speak' - (which should sound familiar to us because it is very similar to political lying), a business is defined by him as 'successful' if he is able to suck a few quid out of it, regardless of commercial inactivity and lack of profit. 

Shareholders and investors would disagree with many Rikki-Speak definitions, but are unlikely to make any noise about it them.  When was the last time a bank or businessman proclaimed publicly:

"We've bought a pup, been conned, fallen for it, made a bad error in commercial judgement, really, really cocked up and given a whole wad of shareholders money to someone we really, really shouldn't have...."

They don't tend to and this is how, (in such an informationally-anaerobic and embarrassment-averse environment), 'takers' brazenly make their living.

I bet it was Rikki's idea that Roderick Bluh keep the details of the wifi 'deal' secret, to protect 'commercial confidentiality'.

 
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on September 28, 2010, 04:25:34 PM
Yes, but who is he?  Is he really 'vibrant'? Can he do the 'robot' and 'moonwalk' and end with a spectacular belly-flop, for example?
He can't simply be a director of a flotilla of companies which were launched, and then sailed off somewhere [to the Isle of Man, perhaps] - and there's nothing else to know? 
What a job!  Nice work, if you can get it.  [He's not on some sort of 'Jobseekers' Benefit' - or in receipt of any other social 'handouts', I hope].
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Bobby Bingo on September 28, 2010, 04:52:49 PM
Ricki is a top class salesman. Ask the Pope he went back to Rome with 3 gross of contraceptives.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on September 28, 2010, 05:01:14 PM
 I don't know if he can "moonwalk" but this is the info that I have on Tricky. Pity about loosing climbers on a mountain and viewers for the BBC though. :-\

Rikki

Co-author of a book, withTony Buzan, published by Gower entitled “Creating a Thinking Organization”

Read it here for free:

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=CCbUNNjLgBcC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Creating+a+Thinking+Organization&source=bl&ots=1RyEtuKO5O&sig=s6-d_oSgu1NGTWisrfHMX7FY17Q&hl=en&ei=Tw6iTJTrB9DZ4Ab479zPAw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBUQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false (http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=CCbUNNjLgBcC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Creating+a+Thinking+Organization&source=bl&ots=1RyEtuKO5O&sig=s6-d_oSgu1NGTWisrfHMX7FY17Q&hl=en&ei=Tw6iTJTrB9DZ4Ab479zPAw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBUQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false)

Thanks to his friend David Hempleman-Adams, Rikki has also developed a passion for climbing. Having conquered Mont Blanc as his first climb in August 1995, he now has a taste for snow and ice, as well as heights. In May 1996, Rikki’s first skiing holiday was the 400 miles to the Magnetic North Pole, and in 1998, following an unsupported crossing of Baffin Island in the Arctic; he launched his own expedition, which got the first disabled person to the Magnetic North Pole. This was filmed by Central TV. As well as Mont Blanc, over the last decade Rikki has climbed Kilimanjaro, Mount McKinley (North America’s highest mountain), Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, and most recently Tupungato in Chile, which is the highest volcano in the world and is planning Everest in 2011.
During the 2000 climb of Mount Aconcagua in the Andes (in this report it is in Chile not Argentina and in fact it is on the border) the expedition involving Swindon businessman Rikki Hunt turned to disaster when six climbers in the party died. The multi-national group of 18 men and women were attempting to tackle Aconcagua in the Andes, Chile, when a third of them perished on the peak.

He also spent one month marooned on Atiu in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific with his wife and three of his children for a BBC survival program called "The Real Swiss Family Robinson"

Tue, 28 Apr 2009, 02:25 on BBC One
Families leave their regular lives behind and sample life on a desert island.The high-earning, high-spending Hunt family from Swindon who are used to a big house and a lavish lifestyle head off to the Cook Islands in the Pacific. Dad Rikki is a big businessman, but Mum Laura feels that money is their biggest bugbear and that the kids are far too used to having it all on a plate. She's desperate for the family to give back to basic living a go and explore how they can change their ways.As they arrive on Atiu in the Cook Islands they face tropical storms and struggle to make a watertight shelter. Chris uses up their much needed food supplies on an unsuccessful fishing trip. But as their local guide Ngaa opens their eyes up to some of the island's riches of taro, the local staple, and a wealth of tropical fruits, Laura is in her element as this is just what she came for. Can she convince her high-earning, business-obsessed husband and their three kids that there's much to be gained from the simplicity of the island way of life?

·  guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 14 April 2009 13.59 BST
TV ratings: Viewers desert The Real Swiss Family Robinson BBC1 life-swap series The Real Swiss Family Robinson loses 700,000 viewers for second successive weekBBC1's life-swap series The Real Swiss Family Robinson lost 700,000 viewers for the second successive week to fall to 2.7 million viewers on Good Friday, 10 April.

Friday's third instalment of the four-part series, in which a family from Swindon go to live on an island in the Pacific, pulled in a 12% share of the audience over an hour from 9pm, according to unofficial overnight figures.



Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on September 28, 2010, 05:29:51 PM
(http://www.lardlad.com/assets/episodes/season4/9f10-big.jpg)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on October 05, 2010, 12:42:18 PM
Drone -

A picture paints a thousand words.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Bobby Bingo on October 05, 2010, 02:52:34 PM
Did anyone hear Ricky on the radio this morning.
He was well screwed by Graham Mack and eventually committed that the wifi project will be COMPLETED a year today October 5th 2011 and be rolled over the whole of Swindon.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on October 05, 2010, 04:33:37 PM
Graham Mack today. Click on the sound track that loads under Graham's photo.
The wi-fi is mentioned after about 1.5 minutes.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/wiltshire/hi/tv_and_radio/newsid_8630000/8630508.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/wiltshire/hi/tv_and_radio/newsid_8630000/8630508.stm)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on October 05, 2010, 04:42:29 PM
And Rikki gives an update after 1 hour. ( slide the curser forward)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on October 05, 2010, 05:02:55 PM
What station?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on October 05, 2010, 05:17:01 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/wiltshire/hi/tv_and_radio/newsid_8630000/8630508.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/wiltshire/hi/tv_and_radio/newsid_8630000/8630508.stm)

Its a repeat of this morning's BBC Wilshire Graham Mack programme.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on October 05, 2010, 05:36:25 PM
Roby use the slider and move it on to one hour.

some interesting and relevant Rikki Hunt Quotes and some questions.

Highworth will be 'free for a while'. what does that mean?

Concrete lamposts are a problem but should achieve a 90 to 95% coverage.  Why wasn't this difficulty forseen?  RH said the council were engaged in a lampost 'replacement programme'.  Who is paying for this and if it is not DC is it being done purely on the basis of necessity for lighting purposes?

3,000 users FOC later in the interview it became 5,000.  How many are paying customers?  That question was not asked although RH was asked if we are going to have our money back?

He said he would 'have a go' to make it work.  He used the words 'confident' and 'still confident'.  I wonder what his bank manager would be saying with such language being used?   Surely he wouldn't be saying anything he would call in the loan, wouldn't he?  As the consumate Salesman Rikki knows that an order is not worth the paper it is written on until it is placed, delivered and paid for!

When asked how quickly it would be working accross the Borough he said as quickly as possible and then gave a commitment that it would be by and large finished this time next year.

Apparently full paying customer numbers were promised to be released today.  What are they because you can have a million free customers but if there are still only the reported twelve we have lost this money or rather the Council has on our behalf.

Is anyone raising this at Council on Thursday?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on October 05, 2010, 06:07:52 PM
Thanks for that link. 

I'm really looking forward to free internet.  [At the moment, in Swindon, I actually have to pay for it!].  Outside the UK, free internet is only available in every single McDonalds restaurant, most libraries and hundreds of thousands of bars - all day and evening, all week.

But I would prefer to invest about half-a-million pounds for about, possibly, 2 hours, sometimes available, in some places, some days, at some future date - using lamposts.  How do you think I should proceed?

'Someone called Rikki' is certainly a consumate something.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Chris Watts on October 05, 2010, 11:51:19 PM
Highworth will be 'free for a while'. what does that mean?

Simple Richard. We intend to invade Highworth and enslave the population, forcing them to use the WiFi at an inflated cost to fill the huge hole in the council budget. Standard conquest stuff whilst sharing the spoils. Purton is next.

Concrete lamposts are a problem but should achieve a 90 to 95% coverage.  Why wasn't this difficulty forseen?  RH said the council were engaged in a lampost 'replacement programme'.  Who is paying for this and if it is not DC is it being done purely on the basis of necessity for lighting purposes?
Come on Richard, you are being unreasonable. Of course, in these times of austerity, replacing serviceable lampposts that are unfit to accommodate sundry 1kg items is high on the budget agenda.




Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on October 06, 2010, 09:08:56 AM
I couldn't believe what I was hearing on the radio. Apart from Rikki’s vague thought processes, the promise of Swindon Wi-Fi being completed this time next year seemed to have been thought up on the spot.

Rikki and Rod seem to have taken up two of the five hundred new apprentice positions promised.

Rikki has learned something about radio waves non-penetration of hills and structures and also putting “screws” in lamp posts. He can put screws in metal ones but not concrete ones, it seems.
(Of course he has put anti-corrosion protection on the holes he has drilled in the metal lamp posts so that in fifteen to twenty years times, the top will not fall off the lamp posts due to the “unforeseen corrosion” that has been dogging bad projects since the iron age.)

Rikki, another note for your apprentice training book: If you use a clamp you can fix your antennae to metal, concrete, wood or carbon-fibre-protrusion lamp posts.

Rod, as an accountant, has learned much about practical accounting. If you give Jack some money to go to the market to buy a cow and he comes back with a bag of beans do not give him any more money.

It has taken one year for Digital City to give 90% Wi-Fi coverage to Highworth. Swindon has approximately 23 times the population in a very mixed domestic, commercial and light industrial built environment. To me it seems that to provide 90% Wi-Fi coverage to Swindon will need 23 times the cost of the Highworth project.

Apart from the capital cost, this can either be achieved by employing 23 times more installers, or taking 23 years over the project.

( As an aside, if Digital City want to provide Boris with a Wi-FI system in time for the 2012 London Olympic games they needed to have started installation work just after the Norman Conquest)

A good place for Wi-Fi is inside buildings with a wire system carrying the signal through the structure, or on flat land that has no obstructions but is surrounded by high-density buildings that are not provided with either fibre-optic or copper cable communication systems.
Such places are the groups of holiday homes around some lakes near to Swindon. Just like the Cotswold Water Park. Too late Rikki, it’s already been done!

Stop the project Rod. Ensure that Digital City (et al) have put in their £855,000 i.e 65% share of the project set-up costs. My bet is that the only money “invested” was that belonging to the Swindon taxpayers.
Then check out what has been spent so far and get Swindon taxpayers their money back  If you don’t, Digital City will be back to the council with their bag of beans asking for more money soon.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on October 06, 2010, 09:32:04 AM

( As an aside, if Digital City want to provide Boris with a Wi-FI system in time for the 2012 London Olympic games they needed to have started installation work just after the Norman Conquest)


This has got to be the quote of the week, well down outofowner!!
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on October 06, 2010, 09:41:07 AM
Leaning on a Lamppost

Thanks for links and quotes, folks.

When asked how quickly it would be working across the Borough he said "as quickly as possible" and then gave a "firm commitment" that it would be "by and large" finished by "this time next year".

Richard:  You are right about it all - of course.  As you well point out, garbled language can be used to fool folk [allegedly].  I am as fairly confident about that as I can be at this point.  Maybe.

But I am truly confident that we'll soon see an end to this.  You simply cannot scoot off with half-a-million quid, just by sticking some boxes on a few lampposts in a tiny town:  It's impossible.

We'll never get our money back, I know - but 'a term' looks like, at the very least, a good outside bet at this point.

'Consummate salesman' . . . .  Well, I'm not so sure.  Would you buy a used car from this guy - or invest your life-savings in one of his many scems?  There are a host of options:  How about the 'Hunt for It until You Get to its Bottom' idea, as described by Drone, for example?  Or are you attracted by a used business model, perhaps?  [Only one owner.  Genuine mileage.  Clapped out].  Interested? 

I think it was David Jason's fabulous 'Del Boy' creation who was fond of pronouncing, "This time next year, Rodders, we’ll all be  . . . .  " 

As for subscriber-numbers, I believe there are now well over 60 million 'free customers' in the UK, whatever that means.  The problem seems to lie in the actual reception of anything free by very many.  In fact, it's actually cost us all a lot of money.  [Is a local-government funded trade-in offer available in targeted areas?  Like our pockets, for example.]

But to answer your questions directly, I believe "for a while" means "for an unknown, indeterminate amount of time" and is the sort of language that is depended upon in criminal-prosecution court-cases.  It means you never actually promised anything specific. 

Weather forecasts are full of such stuff:
Likely to be somewhat cloudy and misty occasionally across parts of the region for a while.  Possible chance of darkness towards nightfall, in some areas.  Signal strength could be lower in certain populated districts and on higher ground later, so you may want to get that wallet out.  Visibility low for a while.  Bullshit levels very high for the foreseeable future.  Look out for charlatans, pitfalls, old bangers and muddy conditions in outlying rural areas, such as Highworth.  Overall - an unsettled picture, I'm afraid.  Outlook for next October?  Well, unclear.  Prospects a bit iffi and dodgy.  Not really promising. 
That’s all from me for now.  Have a nice day.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury: It's back to you, in the studio.

And we pay for the lampposts. 

PS  Gerry Rafferty sang "Can I Have my Money Back?"

Gerry Rafferty - Can I Have My Money Back? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCFe7rY2x2g#)

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on October 06, 2010, 05:43:41 PM
Too much time on my hands...

Rikki Hunt: Y'know, a town with money is like a mule with a spinning wheel. No one knows how he got it and danged if he knows how to use it!
(audience laughs)
Garry Perkins: Heh heh! Mule.
Rikki Hunt: The name's Hunt. Rikki Hunt.. And I come before you good people tonight with an idea. Probably the greatest... Aw, it's not for you. It's more of a Reading idea...
Cllr Bluh: Now wait just a minute! We're twice as smart as the people of Reading! Just tell us your idea and we'll vote for it!
Rikki Hunt: All right, I tell you what I'll do. I'll show you my idea! I give you the Swindon Wi-Fi net! (audience gasps) I've set up 'Hunt For It', 'Nine Retail' and ‘Cardio Ltd’ , and by gum, it put them on the map!
Well, sir, there's nothing on earth
Like a genuine,
Bona fide,
Electrified,
Broadband
Wi-Fi! ...
What'd I say?
Greenhalgh: Wi-Fi!
Rikki Hunt: What's it called?
Hitash Patel: Wi-Fi!
Rikki: That's right! Wi-Fi!
(crowd chants "Wi-Fi" softly and rhythmically)
I swear it's Swindon's only choice...
Throw up your hands and raise your voice!
All: Wi-Fi!
Rikki Hunt: What's it called?
All: Wi-Fi!
Rikki Hunt: Once again...
All: Wi-Fi!
Talk Swindon: But the town centre’s still crap and broken!
Adver: Sorry, guys, the mob has spoken.
All: Wi-Fi!
Wi-Fi!
Wi-Fi!
Wi-Fi!
Perkins: Wi-... D'oh!
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on October 06, 2010, 05:50:44 PM
Perhaps Geoff could do another video?

It is such a shame that my old school friend and best man's uncle - Jimmy Perry of Dad's Army fame is 86 years young cos I know he would write a good script!!

Shall I speak to him?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on October 06, 2010, 07:11:21 PM
When Something Goes Wrong, I'm the Last to Admit It

I may have got some of this wrong.  [I found it quite difficult to understand, and I wasn't really sure what language was being used].

But, according to the Advertiser, someone called 'Rikki' appears to have said something like, "When I stated I will provide free internet access, if you give me a lot of money.  I did not mean 'I will provide free internet access':  I meant something more like, 'Give me a lot of money'. 

He added, "These things get taken out of context."

He said he had been "pleasantly surprised" by delays, but remained optimistic that something or other could be in place, or, at the very least, available, sometime. 

"If I was starting today, it would still be as successful.  On one level we did not do enough and this is the negative of a positive.  When I said 'we haven’t met a single deadline, but that’s life', I didn't mean 'that's life'.  I meant 'we haven't met a single deadline'.  People have to understand that.

"Just because something went wrong does not mean something went wrong.  There's a middle and a beginning and no end.  I hope the council get some money back, but if they don’t, then nobody does. People have to learn from their losses:  That's all part of the process. When others say they don’t believe in my business model, all I can say is 'I do'.  And, so, I'm now in the middle of changing it.

“The biggest single objective was to make sure that the loan was secured."

He went on to say that delays had been due to technical issues, including concrete lampposts, and bureaucracy. He said: “Delays are the fault of others, including the council, and some ordinary people wanting to examine the process, and other things."

He added he could not give any dates for delivery:  "I have targets but I will keep them to myself.  I'm certainly not telling you."

According to the article, the system already has more than one 'unique user', and the whole of Swindon will benefit from the scheme six months ago. [I don't know who writes these scripts].

Some politicians are reported to have admitted, in private, that, with hindsight, it might have been better to have been more open, and not to have been out caught glibly doling out cash behind closed doors. 

The article also mentions a trial.  This was one of the few bits that made much sense to me.

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/8433092.Free_wi_fi_project_dogged_by_delays/?ref=mr (http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/8433092.Free_wi_fi_project_dogged_by_delays/?ref=mr)

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on October 06, 2010, 07:23:36 PM
Richard,

If Jimmy Perry would gace us with a script i'm sure that our representative of "Warnyou Brothers" all the way from Hollywood, Mr. Reid could do the movie.

May I suggest a couple of characters, please fill in the rest:

George Mainwaring is the pompous manager of the Swallow Bank in Walmington-On-Sea. When the Local Defence Volunteer Force is set up, he appoints himself Captain of the Walmington-On-Sea platoon. Played By Rodd Bluh?

Arthur Wilson is Chief Clerk at the Swallow Bank. He's the Sergeant in the Walmington-On-Sea platoon of the Home Guard. A fairly diffident, languid character, he tends to take most things in his stride.

Pte Jack Jones is the local butcher. He's the Lance-Corporal in the Walmington-On-Sea platoon of the Home Guard. Jack is an old soldier with over 30 years service. (Monty?)

Pte Frazer is the local undertaker. A dour Scot, he's always very cynical, with a naturally gloomy disposition.

Pte Frank Pike is a Clerk at the Swallow Bank. He's the youngest member of the Walmington-On-Sea platoon of the Home Guard.

Pte Joe Walker is the local "wide boy". If you want something, however scarce, Joe Walker can usually be relied on to get it for you - no questions asked - provided the price is right. Played by Rikki Hunt?

Pte Godfrey is very much the old-fashioned gentleman. 35 years of service in men's outfitting has left him with an ingrained sense of politeness.

Pte Hodges is the local greengrocer. He's the Chief Warden with the Walmington-On-Sea ARP unit. He has a very low opinion of 'Napoleon' Mainwairing and his 'geriatric' platoon.

The Reverend Farthing is the Vicar of St. Aldhelm's Church, Walmington-On-Sea.

Mr Yeatman is the Verger of St. Aldhelm's Church, Walmington-On-Sea.



Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Tea Boy on October 07, 2010, 12:01:45 AM
I see the Adver is still falling over itself to try and show this sad and sorry debacle in a good light though. It does mention Rikki's failure at STFC and the money loaned to the wi-fi, but stops short of actually criticising the deal.

my favourite quote is about half way through on the second page

"The reasons for the deal are technical difficulties and council bureaucracy” 

Obviously he didn't like having to ask for the extra £350,000 then, I suppose he thought the taxpayers should just give it to him no questions asked.

Would like to know what bureaucracy he feels has stopped him getting Highworth done then, or is this another on the spot excuse for taking our money and running.

Remember every month £20,000 pound is paid in 'consultation fees', that's the wage of (or equivilient to the capacity to employ) a gardener, litter picker or bin man going into Rikki's pocket thin air
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on October 07, 2010, 06:39:01 AM
I'm sure if he had borrowed that much money from a bank, there might have been slightly more 'bureaucracy'. And scrutiny.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Muggins on October 07, 2010, 08:49:23 AM
Tea boy says "Remember every month £20,000 pound is paid in 'consultation fees', that's the wage of (or equivilient to the capacity to employ) a gardener, litter picker or bin man going into Rikki's pocket thin air"

Best point out that the amount mentioned is the ANNUAL wage not a monthly one!  So the annual amount is equivelant cost to empoying 12 gardeners, or 6 gardeners and 6 bin men, or a couple of rangers, a couple of youth workers and a couple of playworkers.

I can see now why they are so secretive, those who put themselves forward to speak about it only makes matters worse.

I thought that Rikki Hunt's attitude via the Adver was very flippant.  That's our money mate.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: PAV on October 07, 2010, 09:01:19 AM
I reckon Mr Hunt is simply trending water until Nick from the Appretice retires.

Then he'll step up to be Lord Sugars right (left) hand man.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Muggins on October 07, 2010, 09:37:58 AM
Come on Pav, do you think Alan would have him? 

He's more likely to end up as Del Boys right hand man.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on October 07, 2010, 10:20:17 AM
I wonder if Mr Hunt will be in attendence to defend his Wi-fi at the Pilgrim Centre tomorrow night Friday 7.00pm for 7.30pm when the SAFETY of Wi-fi is under independent scrutiny?

Yet another thing the Council had not considered other than in a very cursory way!
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on October 07, 2010, 11:05:28 AM
How did this come about?
I assume Mr Hunt proposed a scheme and certain people within SBC advised on it and approved it.
Who are those people?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on October 07, 2010, 11:12:39 AM
It's all on this site Roby under Wi-fi but there is a lot of reading I am afraid.

Unless you are talking about the people tomorrow night?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on October 07, 2010, 05:17:41 PM
Thank you, Richard.

I have only come across this quite recently, you see.  And I find it such an incredible story, that it bewilders me.

How on earth could anyone hand over half-a-million pounds, on the basis of some salesman [with a track record] asserting 'confidence' that some places might have some sort of 'wifi' at some times, some day - supplied via lampposts?

And it is normal, in my experience, for there to be compelling performance & repayment related terms & conditions attached to loans and contracts.

So, I just can't make any sense of it.

[I am writing from a cafe where free internet access, at all hours of day and evening, comes along with buying a coffee].
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on October 07, 2010, 05:23:41 PM
Roby it makes you wonder how useful that money could have been in saving services the discussion of which to cut is due to take place in an hour and a half at Full Council?

What I would like to know is just a plain when is it going to available borough wide and as Mr Hunt doesn't seem to know maybe we should ask the members of the Council who loaned the money in the first place?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on October 07, 2010, 06:01:42 PM

Remember every month £20,000 pound is paid in 'consultation fees'

Tea Boy

Well put.

Who's getting 'consultation fees' - for doing what?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: peach on October 07, 2010, 06:03:56 PM
I've read that is the salary Mr Hunt is drawing for his services to Digital City UK.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on October 07, 2010, 06:17:37 PM
I've read that is the salary Mr Hunt is drawing for his services to Digital City UK.

Thanks, peach.

That's a lot. 

Still not sure what it's for, though.  Makes Gavin Jones' packet look small-time.

I would not have liked to come up a scam such as that, because I would have felt so ashamed.

PS   The £450,000 is not going to last long, then.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on October 07, 2010, 06:58:34 PM
Any idea how the loan is secured? If Digital City did go to the wall, would the council have any chance of getting the money back?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on October 07, 2010, 07:55:08 PM
I think Drone, that if Digital City go to the wall then SBC get to keep all the Wi-Fi equipment That was the "Security".
I looked up how much it costs and it's between £50 to £100 per antennae, so not very much then? It'll cost more to borrow a ladder and get them down off the lamp-posts. Then what idiot will buy them?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Mellon on October 08, 2010, 07:35:08 AM
Drone - I think the loan is secured on a share holding of the company
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid on October 08, 2010, 09:00:17 AM


A quick re-cap re: Bluh's judgement and Rikki Hunt's ability to deliver of promises:


"The Leader of the Council concurred that any commercial venture generally involved some level of risk, however,  he maintained that the business case presented by Digital City had been thoroughly investigated and discussed and it had ultimately been determined to be a sound commercial venture and one that addressed other priorities, including social inclusion. The Leader of the Council assured the meeting that the decision had been made in accordance with Council policy and that consideration had been given to the level of consultation that might be undertaken in respect of the proposal but it was felt that the issue was one of competitive advantage, to make money for the taxpayers of Swindon, and that debate of the matter in a open forum would have increased the commercial risk."

See: http://www.talkswindon.org/index.php?topic=5063.0 (http://www.talkswindon.org/index.php?topic=5063.0)


How is the loan secured?


The Cabinet Member Briefing Note: 'Provision of a Loan to Digital City (UK) Limited for the Purpose of Establishing A Wi Fi Network Across the Borough of Swindon' issued issued on the 12th October 2009  gives you a clue:

Quote
the Council's constitution permits the Directors of Finance and Law and Democratic Services, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and
Benefits. to provide a loan on commercial terms to a joint venture company in which the Council has an interest.

The new company will need to generate sufficient income to repay the loan provided by the Council.

Should this not be the case, security is provided through the loan agreement which requires transfer of the ownership of the company's assets to the Council in the event of default.

The physical assets will be purchased at a cost of around £250k. In addition, there will be value in the virtual network that will cover all of the Borough and in the Council's shareholding in the company.

While providing the loan is not without risk, based on the Business Case it appears that the risk that the loan repayment period may need to be extended is more
likely than that the risk of complete default.

Risk sharing has been introduced through an incentive measure through which Avidity Consulting has an option to increase its shareholding for a consideration of £1 provided that the loan is repaid within 2 years from the date of first drawdown.



Although £250,000 worth of equipment probably hasn't been purchased yet, it looks like Rod & Co were quite happy that a complete default would mean an immediate loss of £200,000.....

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on October 08, 2010, 09:50:27 AM
^ Thank you!

So, as Digital City has missed all its existing deadlines and performance indicators, if it just drifted into inertia without being wound-up but without actually delivering a borough wide free Wi_fi service, there would be no come back for the council?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on October 08, 2010, 09:55:28 AM
Remember Outoftowner and Mellon an asset is only worth what someone will pay for it.  The original cost is irelevant and we don't even know anyone who could or would want to make use of this kit in the event of failure.  Additionally we are not aware of any additional 'help' being offered in terms of the lampost replacement programme or are we?

As for taking anything out of the pot before a result is achieved says much about the person who is doing it!

I hope Chris Watts took notes last night on the reaction to his and Tony Hillier's questions as yet again we seem to be living in some form of Salesman's dream which hinges on the successful installation in Swindon.  Until such time as this takes place and is proven it is only a 'promise' a bit like that made last night that the vulnerable will be looked after in all these cuts sorry I mean 'savings'.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on October 08, 2010, 11:03:33 AM
That was what I was alluding to Richard. To my mind, the physical assets of Digital City / Get Signal / aQuovia are worth......Zilch.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on October 08, 2010, 12:10:04 PM
He's more likely to end up as Del Boys right hand man.

Only Fools and Voters

I can only go on what I've seen, and what I've been told.  And I've come to this late.  So, please forgive me if this may have mostly been said before.

I enjoyed the portrayal of Del Boy.  But I am not fond of the cast in the latest SBC productions.

Doesn't granting £450,000 - with a £240,000 a year 'consultancy fee' attached, if that's the arrangement - represent a 53% per annum, ongoing and outgoing, reward to an individual [who can call themselves 'Digital Explosion', or anything they want, for all I care] for, in this case, achieving pretty much zilch, and reneging on promises?

Surely the interest on the loan is going in the wrong direction.  We're paying a massive interest-rate on a loan we've provided.

I asked an accountant yesterday whether anyone would pay me 53% pa interest on money that they would lend me.  She said, "No."

If the set-up is as I've been told, I can see why delay may set in.  For as long as this game is spun out, you can make 53% pa interest on someone else's money every year, if I understand it correctly.

And if the company in receipt of the loan becomes insolvent, the loan-capital disappears, too.  Unless you have the wherewithal to track down some wiffi bits and pieces of kit, worth absolutely nothing.

In more day-to-day terms:  Give me £10.  They're you are.  I've now earned it.  So, it's gone:  Vanished. 

Have I got any of this right? 

Who on earth voted for this?  [All of us?]

A court-case must surely be looming.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: peach on October 08, 2010, 03:00:16 PM
Interesting facebook group! http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home# (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#)!/group.php?gid=155741977791780  :spin: :WTF: :agreed:
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid on October 08, 2010, 05:44:59 PM


WiFi'asco Public meeting tonight: http://www.talkswindon.org/index.php?topic=6484.msg43361#msg43361 (http://www.talkswindon.org/index.php?topic=6484.msg43361#msg43361)

Organised by Liz Brackenbury  (Regular Adver columnist)

Swindon Campaign Against Wi Fi

8th October  19:30 - 21:30

The Pilgrim Centre,Regent Circus, Swindon. SN1 1PX (near the Savoy Pub)





By the way: Don't forget that Rikki's use of 'free' office space in the DMJ tower for 12 months is coming up for review soon. 

Will he get another 12 months free?

Is he using the office space solely for Digital City related business or are Swindon taxpayers also subsidising all his other business ventures and interests?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on October 08, 2010, 07:27:21 PM
The business case presented by Digital City had been thoroughly investigated and discussed and it had ultimately been determined to be a sound commercial venture and one that addressed other priorities, including social inclusion. Debate of the matter in a open forum would have increased the commercial risk."

Story Time

Straight talk & Double-talk

"debate of the matter in a open forum would have increased the commercial risk"

"the business case presented by Digital City had been thoroughly investigated and discussed and it had ultimately been determined to be a sound commercial venture and one that addressed other priorities, including social inclusion"

What language is this? 'Martian'? 

What "commercial risk" existed?  Open debate would have knocked the entire scam out of the ring in the first round, thus eliminating - not "increasing" - any risk.

"presented" - to whom?  "thoroughly investigated and discussed" - by whom?  "ultimately determined" - by whom?  . . .  "social inclusion" my arse.

The more I read about this, the angrier I get - not just at the principal characters [Noddy and Big Ears] but the senior politicians and officials who did not say, "Look, if you push ahead with this, I'm leaving.  I'm just not going to go along with it." 

And what is that bunch doing now, to retrieve the situation?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on October 09, 2010, 12:27:27 PM

Will he get another 12 months?


I predict he'll get more than 12 months. 
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on October 09, 2010, 12:50:40 PM

Will he get another 12 months?


I predict he'll get more than 12 months.

The question should be where will he get 12 months?

In the Isle of Man?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on October 09, 2010, 01:11:30 PM
Message from Wikki

Ever since my appearance on the [now defunct] Jonathan Ross show, people have been calling me 'Wikki' [and other names].  But all publicity is good publicity.

Meanwhile, let's divert attention, by getting everybody wound up about 'spending cuts' on stuff like libraries, which cost piss-all to operate, anyway. Who needs a library when they can have my 'free internet' service [well, let's call it that], at a starting cost of, say around £500,000, somewhere, at sometime in the future, if the right lampposts are installed? 

[Are you allowed to borrow a book for more than 2 hours a day?  For free?  That's astounding.  How do they make their millions, to give to me, from a scheme like that?]

I just can't get interested in libraries.  They don’t generate any wealth for me at all.  I can't make millions out of them. And I don’t read books.  [You can tell by the way I talk].  Speaking 'Martian' has served me fine so far, thank you very much. And it helps to confound any future legal questioning.

I have to dash off now to start a new Swindon-based 'business venture' in the Isle of Man - creating one flood of a rewarding new job for me.

I blame beaurocracy and lampposts, myself.

Fresh In

I have just received this message -

"I believe there should be lots more wakki, wikki, wiffi schemes, and we should all invest all the money we have in all of them."  [Always a big fan, 'Aunt Dotty' in Melbourne - certified].
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on October 09, 2010, 02:24:35 PM
Rikki may not read books but then he did write “Creating a Thinking Organization”  along with Tony Buzan.

Rikki's website for aQuvia has a link at the bottom for "Kestrel Education" (a not too disimilar name to Kestrel Consulting (Education) that Rikki once was a director of:
 http://www.thinkingschool.co.uk/resources (http://www.thinkingschool.co.uk/resources) 

here you can see that Rikki must have taught Tony well,  because he has now written 9 books about "thinking", all on his own. (I wonder if Rikki and Tony fell out?)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on October 11, 2010, 09:00:38 PM
For ardent fans of Rikki, he is taking part in a talk at The New College. Why not pop along, have some refreshments and ask him a relevant question. It seems that he is now an expert on Swindon's economy. It's all free.

Quote
[url]http://www.fastforwardonline.net/meetjamie/[/url]

Tuesday October 26th 5.30pm to 7.30pm
New College Swindon, New College Drive, SN3 1AH
A fantastic opportunity to....
·    Hear valuable business insights from Jamie Murray Wells
·    Discover the latest on Swindon's economy from Rikki Hunt
·    Put your questions to our panel
·    Network with like-minded colleagues
·    Find out how our training solutions can help your business grow and develop
·    Enter competitions and win prizes, including M&S vouchers and Red Letter Day vouchers
Please note this is a free event and you must register to attend
Agenda
5.30pm Arrival and refreshments available
6.20pm Introduction – Sinclair Brown, Business Services Manager, Fast Forward  Training and Development
6.25pm Rikki Hunt, Chairman, SSEP
6.40pm Jamie Murray Wells, founder and Executive Chairman of Glasses Direct
7.10pm Q & A session with panel
7.30pm Close


Find out more about our speakers


I've lost track is this a scaled down version of another business meeting that he was supposed to talk at?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on October 11, 2010, 09:10:48 PM
No Iwas confused. rikki's last outing was at the "leaderfest MD2MD" where he spoke.
An innocent abroad commented:

"Allie Egginton commented on 06-Oct-2010 10:58 AM
Rikki gave a recount of his amazing life story! He was expelled from school in Scotland, stole a car and drove south until it ran out of petrol where he went to a shop to ask for a job – and got it! With this confidence, belief and shrewd business sense, Rikki has succeeded in everything he set out to do. He himself admits, like our other speakers, that the key areas for success are perseverance, looking after your staff and the philosophy of the more you give, the more you get back. Rikki also likes to be constantly challenged about his decisions thoughts and ideas and very much advocates the use of a business coach. There became a very strong realization to all who were listening that Rikki was constantly striving to challenge himself mentally and physically, and to achieve; from spending a month on a desert island to climbing mountains with barely any preparation."

Notice that the paragraph started with him stealing a car and ended with him doing things with barely any preparation. Sounds like his personal recipe for disaster.


 

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Muggins on October 12, 2010, 08:08:28 AM
Rikki was at the SSP Conference on Friday, on a large oval table without a colour (all the other tables were round and colour coded). Didn't notice who else was sat at it. When their table 'fed back' at the afternoon session, an idea put forward for 'One Swindon' was a Swindobn Card barter system (only and idea - no details)

The guy feeding back (may have been Matt Gott) jokingly said he could feel a 'Bank of Rikki coming on'.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on October 12, 2010, 10:46:14 AM
I always suspected Rikki may have been challenged.  I did not know about him allegedly being a car thief.  [Not sure where that claim came from, but I suppose it could fit in].

What cheers me up is that the Swindon Strategic Economic Partnership was established in 2006 to lead Swindon's ambitious strategy for outstanding economic growth - being charged with delivering the Economic Development & Enterprise Block of the Local Area Agreement and required to coordinate enterprise activities alongside an exciting new agenda of business growth and innovation.

I don't know whether or not its goings-on consumed significant amounts of publicly-funded resources, including large portions of SBC paid staff-time, or who dreamed it up, or what it's achieved. 

But I believe that 2006/7 was around about the time when things around here started to go bottoms-up on the regeneration front.

University of Bath pulled out in 2008, for example.  Perhaps it wasn't a 'money-spinner'.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on October 12, 2010, 11:51:45 AM
I have looked up the outfit that have invited Rikki to speak on the 16th October at the college and they are "Fast Forward Training" who deal in certificate courses in....wait for it...... "Practitioner or Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming".

You cannot make it up and I didn't. Please, please somone go along, scoff their tea and sandwiches and ask Rikki what he is playing at.

(If you get asked what company you represent say "Talk Swindon" and that we are not interested in training, just locating supplies of Bull**t.)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on October 12, 2010, 02:26:59 PM
Some of those discussed in this thread appear to be [certified] master-practitioners of the Martian language and disturbed behaviour.

I wish I had been expelled from school, stolen a car, ran out of petrol, and got a job in a shop.  How very inspiring!

Also nice to learn that Rikki succeeds in everything he sets out to do.

Perhaps he owes it to neuro-linguistic programming - as used in persuasion, sales, and interpersonal influence on leaders.

Somehow, I just wish certain people would go to a desert island, or disappear up a mountain, and just stay there.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Alex on October 12, 2010, 03:00:47 PM
Rikki was at the SSP Conference on Friday, on a large oval table without a colour (all the other tables were round and colour coded). Didn't notice who else was sat at it. When their table 'fed back' at the afternoon session, an idea put forward for 'One Swindon' was a Swindobn Card barter system (only and idea - no details)

The guy feeding back (may have been Matt Gott) jokingly said he could feel a 'Bank of Rikki coming on'.

I'm already a member of a good Swindon Barter System ( called the Swindon LETS Scheme- we pay in "Sarsens") Is this another example of reinventing the perfectly good wheel?

The chap who invented the LETS scheme did it from an altruistic perspective, somehow I wonder if that ethos can also be attributed to Mr Hunt.

I'm not entirely anti- NLP but in the wrong hands it can be entirely manipulative and some people practising it can be in denial of the human "givens" which we all require in order to thrive, including kindness and congruency.   

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Muggins on October 12, 2010, 06:07:34 PM
Yes, Alex and I was aware of the LETS scheme, I was quite perturbed at the Conference when  discussing what we could do to be better neighbours, friends, family  etc. that some of the suggestions were alreay happening and quite well known.  At our table only one other was a volunteer all the rest were paid workers and I was concerned at how 'not in the know' they were. 

None of it was an a hanging offence, but it's just an indication of how blinkered people are, or is it how busy they are?

I think it's fairly sure that if the contributors of TS set up any kind of bank, the last person we would choose to either be on the board or manage it would be Rikki!  Well not until he made us (collectively) rich with the other things.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Alex on October 14, 2010, 08:33:12 AM
Yes, Alex and I was aware of the LETS scheme, I was quite perturbed at the Conference when  discussing what we could do to be better neighbours, friends, family  etc. that some of the suggestions were alreay happening and quite well known.  At our table only one other was a volunteer all the rest were paid workers and I was concerned at how 'not in the know' they were. 

None of it was an a hanging offence, but it's just an indication of how blinkered people are, or is it how busy they are?

I think it's fairly sure that if the contributors of TS set up any kind of bank, the last person we would choose to either be on the board or manage it would be Rikki!  Well not until he made us (collectively) rich with the other things.


Good question Muggins, it is increasingly clear to me that people are blinkered because they are so busy and fragmented (achieving very little in reality) , so conversely, maybe slowing down and really looking longer term and researching properly would probably achieve more in terms of both quality of life and a real legacy for those who come afterwards. I'm not the first to recognise this.
http://www.longnow.org/ (http://www.longnow.org/)   
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Muggins on October 14, 2010, 08:54:59 AM
Alex, yes t is strange that the more partnerships there are, the more attempts at working together, the less people seem to know, maybe we need one great big collective training session on what we all do. 

Having said that it's farily obvious what the Police do for instance, but not how they do it. Baically its the voluntary and community sector that is a mystery to the others, so perhaps that collective session should be then listening to us - now that would be a novelty!

At the conference they made great fuss, and claimed for CPCP, a bit of background to the Big Arts Day - this was one of the folk from one sheltered housing schemes working with the school children to produce miles of bunting.  Although that was good, it's not like it's new for volunteers. So it's no novelty brought about by CPCP, it's just that they've only just noticed that kind of activity.

They also claimed the activity down in Central and goodness knows we know how hard community volunteers work down there and have been for several years.  Would love to hear from them how they feel about that.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on October 14, 2010, 10:31:43 AM
Is it a bird?  Is it a 'plane?

[Not really - it's just that geezer from down the street, acting it up]

"How to influence people's psychology, and benefit from doing so" programmes promote the concept of striving Onward, Forward, and Upward, to become your very own 'Superperson'. 

Some famous nutters have been overly fond of words like 'Forward', and phrases like 'New Order', deploying them to inculcate the masses. 

We all know that language is a tool that is often abused. 

Some, so called, 'strategic partnerships' are neither 'strategic', nor true 'partnerships'.

Some 'economic development' activity is not at all 'economic' [except, often, with the truth].  Instead, it actually costs us a fortune.  And, as for 'development', well just look at Swindon's centre, where the dismal new buildings and 'developments' are even more dispiriting than the derelict sites.

Some 'training sessions' are, in fact, salesmen's events.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Alex on October 14, 2010, 01:28:09 PM
Yep Roborant and Muggins- you've got it.

 Most activities started by real volunteers are hijacked by people who think they can accredit themselves ( if successful - no  risk to them of course, the work is being done for free)- and as a volunteer  over the last 20 years at various things, I've learned to let them get on with it, but it is very galling sometimes.

 We tend to have a saying "as long as they don't get in the way".. which is an indictment, but usually the best we can hope for.

The marketeers are fast becoming the new lepers nowadays- they've been sussed. Even the miners in Chile only have a finite "marketability opportunity" according to the BBC news today. Just brings everything down to a tawdry level- whereas that is actually a story of collaboration , integrity and courage.

It's interesting - may start people realising what is REALLY important as a human versus what the media try to make us believe is important or successful.





Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Muggins on October 14, 2010, 02:56:38 PM
And what made me laugh at some point yesterday was BBC presenter saying how the world had pulled to gether to get the miners out. No we flipping didn't, the Chileans did that all on their own and to them goes the credit.

What we can all claim is that we were 'bothered' and we are all thoroughly chuffed to bits that they are all up safely.

Whilst, of course why it was allowed to happen in the first place.

How sorry was the press this morning that it didn't fail?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on October 14, 2010, 06:48:26 PM
Yep Roborant and Muggins- you've got it.

The marketeers are fast becoming the new lepers nowadays- they've been sussed.

The media try to make us believe is important or successful.

Lessons in Speaking Martian

[So that you can talk crap, sell crap and make money]

I had a look at 'FASTforward's 'neuro-linguistic programming' web-site on 13 October ['English Language Day', as it happens]. 

It made me feel so queasy.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on October 14, 2010, 07:00:03 PM
By the way, I'm trying to find out if there is a link between Fast Forward Training and Development (the company with the Martian speak) and Fast Forward Training and Development, the business training side of Swindon College.  The Martian speak does look like the tripe in Rikki's book so maybe that's why he's giving a talk for them. Unpaid I suppose?
I shall get back to TS if and when I find out anything.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: roborant on October 14, 2010, 07:19:25 PM
I'm trying to find out if there is a link between Fast Forward Training and Development (the company with the Martian speak) and Fast Forward Training and Development, the business training side of Swindon College.  The Martian speak does look like the tripe in Rikki's book so maybe that's why he's giving a talk for them. Unpaid I suppose?
I shall get back to TS if and when I find out anything.

Thanks for that.

Although it's mostly the demented that fall for it, the FASTforward approach is potentially dangerous stuff, because the number of gullible people is surprisingly high, and mass movements can cause immense damage.  It is centred on fostering obeisance.  [That is to say, more people than just you should believe you are a Superperson, whose schemes you can trust to produce a great result].  It got Germany and others into big trouble on more than one occasion in the 20th century.

It uses 'pyramid-selling', self-promotion techniques.  Insidious manipulation is aimed at supporting a Leader of some sort, whose deluded ability to believe [or project the image of believing] in their own propaganda is required.  'Scientology' used similar methods.

You get a whole load of people to believe in drivel, while you benefit and become rich.

I can't believe Swindon College would risk respectabilty by getting involved in any way.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: poemogram on October 14, 2010, 08:20:52 PM
For ardent fans of Rikki, he is taking part in a talk at The New College. Why not pop along, have some refreshments and ask him a relevant question. It seems that he is now an expert on Swindon's economy. It's all free.

Quote
[url]http://www.fastforwardonline.net/meetjamie/[/url]

Tuesday October 26th 5.30pm to 7.30pm
New College Swindon, New College Drive, SN3 1AH
A fantastic opportunity to....
·    Hear valuable business insights from Jamie Murray Wells
·    Discover the latest on Swindon's economy from Rikki Hunt
·    Put your questions to our panel
·    Network with like-minded colleagues
·    Find out how our training solutions can help your business grow and develop
·    Enter competitions and win prizes, including M&S vouchers and Red Letter Day vouchers
Please note this is a free event and you must register to attend
Agenda
5.30pm Arrival and refreshments available
6.20pm Introduction – Sinclair Brown, Business Services Manager, Fast Forward  Training and Development
6.25pm Rikki Hunt, Chairman, SSEP
6.40pm Jamie Murray Wells, founder and Executive Chairman of Glasses Direct
7.10pm Q & A session with panel
7.30pm Close


Find out more about our speakers


I've lost track is this a scaled down version of another business meeting that he was supposed to talk at?


ITS NEW COLLEGE NOT SWINDON COLLEGE I believe...
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: chrisp on October 14, 2010, 08:26:35 PM
this guy sounds very colourful but he must have been good at something to get this far
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on October 14, 2010, 08:29:43 PM
Sorry poem I thought that they were one and the same (except the old one has had the windows put in)

Just to show that the old adage, "Like father, like son" is true, look at Martin Hunt's website where he says (click on the "Signal", "Cardio" or "Avidity" links) they called him in to develop the web-sites.  He didn't mention that "they" was his father. We'll hear more form this enterprising young man I think. "Hunt-for-it" was his idea and that really took off.

http://www.martinseanhunt.com/category/web-development/ (http://www.martinseanhunt.com/category/web-development/)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Mart on October 14, 2010, 08:33:47 PM
It seems that he is now an expert on Swindon's economy. It's all free.


Oooh! Like WiFi?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Tea Boy on October 14, 2010, 09:44:30 PM
this guy sounds very colourful but he must have been good at something to get this far

Yep very good at extracting money from other people pockets, bringing the local football team to the verge of insolvancy and wasting £450,000 of tax payers money on a fly by night buisness venture while paying himself £20,000 a month

did I mention the string of failed retail businesses?

Our Rikki was probably alright in the corporate world where his brand of bullshit really can baffle brains, however his record in the retail, sport and public sector leaves much to be desired.

His brand of Corporate bollocks just doesn't count for much outside Burmah Castrol, apart of course from his 'take' out of each failed enerprise since.

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: chrisp on October 14, 2010, 10:22:42 PM
£20,000 !  :censored: that can't possibly be right. Who found that out? was it in the paper?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Tea Boy on October 15, 2010, 12:05:50 AM
£20,000 !  :censored: that can't possibly be right. Who found that out? was it in the paper?

From a TS post on on June 27, 2010, 11:47:35 PM

the sum of money being taken out of the WiFiasco on a monthly basis as wages/expenses/salary/consulting fees is rumoured to be between £18,000 and £20,000 each month. 

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on November 03, 2010, 01:34:49 PM
I don't know if any of you went along to The New College on 26th October to hear Rikki speak about the Swindon economy but here's a little clip.

Wait for the bit about the nice young man and his specs company to finish and then Rikki comes on and asks something like, ".......what's the opportunity to make money...."

Can TS members please not all shout the answer to Rikki's question out together, as the Stasi audio detector vans may be out and about, wi-fi-ing your location back to Lubyanka.

http://www.fastforwardonline.net/meetjamie/ (http://www.fastforwardonline.net/meetjamie/)

It says on the link to the speakers that Rikki ...."has led major organisations in Retail and Technologies sectors." So that's the retail "Nine Fashion" and "Hunt for It"  (and indeed you'd need to hunt high and low to find either of them) and Digital City is the tech one....humm!

Incidently, did  I read in the Pradvertiser, in an article about the new French restaurant in Wood Street, that the premises that were used by Nine Fashion are going to be a delicatesen? I hope that nothing that they sell will leave a bitter taste in the mouth.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on November 03, 2010, 05:19:18 PM
The glasses bloke was far more convincing. Rikki Hunt and Sinclair Brown came across like 2nd division football managers doing a post match interview.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Tea Boy on November 11, 2010, 10:09:09 PM
Can any one scan in Today (Thursday's) Pradver?

There's a small section in the back (jobs pages) on how Rikki Hunt see's life a 'entrepeneur'

Think it might be an interesting insight.

Funny how the Adver and the ruling group in SBC see this bloke as Swindon's answer to Alan Sugar.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: moley on November 11, 2010, 10:28:25 PM

Funny how the Adver and the ruling group in SBC see this bloke as Swindon's answer to Alan Sugar.

I guess they both had highly successful + popular stints as chairmen of football clubs so they do have something in common  :)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid on November 11, 2010, 11:52:07 PM

I've got it. Will scan it for posterity tomorrow.

Damn near gobbed my coffee over it I was laughing so much. Currently have coffee running out of my nose. Which is nice.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Steve Wakefield on November 12, 2010, 08:06:37 AM
For me the word Entrepreneur conjures up all sorts of characters  from Donald Trump to  Sir Richard Branson. I always smile at the claim that George W Bush is supposedly to have said to Tony Blair  "the problem with the French is they do not have a word for Entrepreneur" I think it was a joke in a speech that  Shirley Williams Baroness Of Crosby made?

I like the word as it means to me anything from likeable rogue to whiz kid sharp business operator, portrayal  in fiction and soaps is always fanciful for example Jeffrey Archers Kane and Abel in soaps  Mike Baldwin, Ian Beale, Roy Cropper and Kings of Emmerdale, however the epitomy of all streewise entrepreneurs Del Boy, has all our affections. Building a business empire up from zero using only your wits, epecially in the eyes of the Americans and to some extent over here makes you somewhat of an Hero.

Entrepreneur yes its a word that today more than ever is associated with Zero to Hero now that fits comfortably in the phyche of acceptable capitalism unlike references such as Business Baron, Business Tycoon, Chairman and CEO.

PS. Nearly forgot to some youngsters the moniler dot com millionaire  ranks along side entreprenuer.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Bobby Bingo on November 12, 2010, 04:21:10 PM
 guess they both had highly successful + popular stints as chairmen of football clubs so they do have something in
common

What was the financial position of S.T.F.C. when Ricki resigned and left Cliff Puffett to run the show.
Entrepreneur? My ass, as his fellow scouser would say
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Tea Boy on November 12, 2010, 10:30:49 PM

I've got it. Will scan it for posterity tomorrow.

Damn near gobbed my coffee over it I was laughing so much. Currently have coffee running out of my nose. Which is nice.

I was told it would be worth a laugh ;D   :popcorn:
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Chav on November 13, 2010, 12:09:15 AM

I've got it. Will scan it for posterity tomorrow.

Damn near gobbed my coffee over it I was laughing so much. Currently have coffee running out of my nose. Which is nice.
Hope you didnt see the thursday before s then ! ;D :surrender:
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on November 13, 2010, 12:31:30 PM

Funny how the Adver and the ruling group in SBC see this bloke as Swindon's answer to Alan Sugar.

Lord Hunt of Nine Retail?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on November 13, 2010, 03:34:07 PM
Please post said article(s) for us all to have a laugh. I don't drink coffee so I should be OK.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on November 14, 2010, 11:45:45 AM
I'll make a cup specially!
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid on November 17, 2010, 12:21:48 AM

Scanned it and have forgotten to post it!

If I forget to do it when I get home - I.e, it doesn't appear later today - can someone please pm me with a reminder?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid on November 17, 2010, 03:45:28 PM

No reminder required  :)

(http://www.talkswindon.org/pictures/membersubmitted/geoffreid/rikki_hunt/2010%2011%2011%20Rikki%20Hunt%20Entrepeneur_web.jpg)


No mention of Rikki's 'Entrepeneurial' car-scrumping as a young Scouse Scally though......
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on November 17, 2010, 05:25:20 PM
Self-belief is overrated.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: moley on November 17, 2010, 09:38:11 PM
One observation...

I think over the years I've met 3 different types of entrepreneur (combination of socially or through work).

1) The successful serial entrepreneur.  Has obviously got an ideas filter as although some of the things they start up fail, many of them succeed (and the successes far outweigh the failures).  Think Richard Branson, Duncan Bannatyne, Stelios (Easyjet)...

2) The serial entrepreneur.  Goes from one startup to the next.  When you look objectively you can't really see which of their businesses have been particularly successful...  They are very similar to (1) without the big ideas filter...

3) The big idea entrepreneur. Has a big idea which they go for and go for until it works.  Think James Dyson.

I didn't see idea filtering on the list... (but I've seen in a few books I've read by some of the folks on the list).  The Dragons don't go for every pitch they get...

Moley
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on November 18, 2010, 09:26:20 AM
Qualifications:  Action

Ok where is the Wi-fi then?  Still stuck in Highworth with an alleged dozen paying customers @ £9.99 per month when I am paying BT £7.49.

You know it makes sense!!
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Des Morgan on November 18, 2010, 10:18:00 AM
Do you think Rikki will be asked to switch on the Christmas lights - using a Wi-Fi connection from his suite of 'free of rent' offices on the 12th floor of the DMJ?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Bobby Bingo on November 18, 2010, 10:35:06 AM
No Des. He would fuse the bloody lot. Everything else has been a disaster
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on November 18, 2010, 12:10:13 PM
Do you think Rikki will be asked to switch on the Christmas lights - using a Wi-Fi connection from his suite of 'free of rent' offices on the 12th floor of the DMJ?

The question you should be asking Des can we afford Christmas Lights this year any more than we can afford Mr Hunt?

Christmas Lights or care for the Elderly?  You know it makes sense - allegedly!!
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: A Mole on November 18, 2010, 05:14:23 PM
I heard Mickey Mouse was switching on the lights this year.  But perhaps by Mickey Mouse they meant Rikki Hunt??
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Des Morgan on November 18, 2010, 05:47:19 PM
Here's a thought - what do you think Rikki wants most for Christmas?

A Fairy Godmother to make his Wi-Fi dream come true or to take his Wi-Fi nightmare away?

I wonder if Moley's entrepreneur number 2 is the real Rikki Hunt
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Ringer on November 18, 2010, 06:03:40 PM
Here's a thought - what do you think Rikki wants most for Christmas?

A Fairy Godmother to make his Wi-Fi dream come true or to take his Wi-Fi nightmare away?

I wonder if Moley's entrepreneur number 2 is the real Rikki Hunt


Perhaps he wants this Gift-Rapt? http://www.bathgatebid.net/EB%20NEWS%20June2010.pdf (http://www.bathgatebid.net/EB%20NEWS%20June2010.pdf)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on November 18, 2010, 06:20:57 PM
It was suggested in a recent email that work would commence in our Town Centre in Swindon in August.  Have I got that rIght?

Would Rikki dare to use our money for his feasability study in Bathgate?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Des Morgan on November 18, 2010, 10:21:41 PM
Richard - Mr Hunt committed himself to a September start date but alas that has come and gone with little to show for the release of the £250,000 which was paid to him on 7th May.

I fear the project is not 'well'.  What other conclusions should be drawn from the silence of Mr Hunt and Coun Perkins?

In March officers urged the release of the £250,000 on the basis that it would show serious intent on the part of the council, attract inward investment and ensure continued momentum from the 'successful Highworth launch'.

The situation today is that Coun Perkins will not offer a start date for the town centre, nor will he offer a completion date for the Borough.  How different from a year ago when Coun Bluh and his merry men were supremely confident in the proposed timeline and in thrall to Mr Hunt.  People like me and Chris Watts were villified as Jeremiahs, lacking in knowledge of such things as a realistic business plan and totally out of order in challenging the well constructed plan as presented by DC and approved by SBC. 

Let me say that according to SBC they carried out a forward Risk Assessment immediately prior to releasing the second drawdown - i now have serious doubts as to the integrity of that assessment - simply on the basis that since March there has been no progress whatsoever.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on November 19, 2010, 06:22:13 AM
Has anyone seen the risk assessment?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Des Morgan on November 19, 2010, 07:55:03 AM
As I understand it, the risk assessment was started following Cabinet’s initial decision on 10th March 2010.  It was put on hold after Scrutiny referred the matter back to Cabinet on 31st March.  It was then completed during April and presented to the Chief Executive on 26th April.  Following subsequent discussions between the Chief Executive, the Leader and the Cabinet member for Finance, payment was then authorised which was then made on 4th May 2010.

As you can see the Triumvirate made the decision to release the funds based on their opinion of the risk assessments conclusions - I have to say that those conclusions must have been incredibly positive to warrant the release of £250,000 - equally I have to say that, if the conclusions were so positive as to justify giving Mr Hunt £250,000 why has the project stalled?

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Tea Boy on November 19, 2010, 08:17:37 AM
Has anyone seen the risk assessment?

Not me , but I can only think it may have gone some thing like this rough approximation,



Rikki:Hello Rikki (extends hand for the 'shake)

Rod: Fine, How are you (reciprocates with appropriate gesture)

Rikki: Rod I've got this great idea lets wi-fi Swindon

Rod: What's in it for me?

Rikki: Well you can go to the media and talk up how much its a vibrant exciting idea, it'll make you look good to the voters.

Rod: Great what do i need to do?

Rikki: Give me some of that money that was supposed to prop up small businesses during the credit crunch, after all they don't need it

Rod: hmmm, why not, your always saying how your are succesful small businessman and entrepreneur, what's the risks?

Rikki: There no risks mate, easy money and I'll let one of your patsy's, sorry 'officers', sit on board of the company, so it will all 'look' kosher (Rikki winks at Rod). as long as no one digs to deep we will all be quids in. After all Rod you will be seen as the person who wi-fi-ed Swindon.

Rod: How much do you need?

Rikki: (the sound of air being sucked in through teeh, in the manner of a dogy plummer quoting for a burst pipe) A cool £450,000 should be enough,

Rod: That's lot of dosh Rikki, you know 'who' will be asking for all sorts of plans and risk assessments

Rikki: Don't worry mate, I'm a real wheeler dealer, when we need a bit of flannel to cut the red tape,  I'll knock it up over breakfast. Will need your mates help with the press though

Rod: Yes, don't worry about the adver, I've got the editors exactly where I want him , I can guarantee excellent press coverage and not a word said against you or the project
 
Rikki: Great i can see the headlines now, Rod wi-fi's Swindon, Rikki Hunt 'the new Alan Sugar'

Rod: Sounds great, its win - win all round for us then what ever happens, when do want the cash?

Rikki: As soon as possible, 'Hunt for it' has gone belly up and the other half's fashion shop is in the sh1t. Could really do with extracting a few grand in 'consultancy fees' a month (Rikki winks at Rod again)

Slight pause

Rikki: Oh by the way, I haven't got an office and don't want to spend any cash on one either, got one spare?

Rod: I'm sure we can fit you in some where, leave it to me. Great lets do it, full steam ahead.

Rikki: What about the the others, won't they want a vote on it?

Rod: Don't worry about them,  I'll sort them out (Rod reaches for the phone), Garry will get them...........


Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Des Morgan on November 19, 2010, 08:40:06 AM
I know that strictly speaking this particular quote isn't to do with Rikki Hunt - directly - BUT I thought in this the festive season of Christmas I might be allowed to quote Coun Roderick Bluh who yesterday said (read it in the Adver page 3)

Quote
There isn't enough make believe in this world

Now, all together YES THERE IS
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Ringer on November 19, 2010, 08:49:53 AM
He's Behind You!

Who Boris?  http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/news/olympics-may-spur-london-wide-wi-fi-7250 (http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/news/olympics-may-spur-london-wide-wi-fi-7250)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on November 19, 2010, 06:52:19 PM
TB - sounds about right to me!

And don't be so cynical everyone. Everytime you say you don't believe in Rikki, the unicorns cry and fairies lose their wings...
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on November 19, 2010, 07:53:51 PM
TB - sounds about right to me!

And don't be so cynical everyone. Everytime you say you don't believe in Rikki, the unicorns cry and fairies lose their wings...

Is Rikki doing the Pantomime at the Wyvern this year then?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Bobby Bingo on November 19, 2010, 08:22:11 PM
Is Rikki doing the Pantomime at the Wyvern this year then?

No but he is at Reading. They are doing Jack and the Beanstalk and Ricki is the back end of the bull.
Where all the shite comes from.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Tea Boy on November 19, 2010, 08:27:45 PM
Is Rikki doing the Pantomime at the Wyvern this year then?

No but he is at Reading. They are doing Jack and the Beanstalk and Ricki is the back end of the bull.
Where all the shite comes from.

Rod is playing Jack and he is sold some 'magic wi-fi beans' in return for Rikki's cow

Moooooww!!!
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on November 20, 2010, 11:41:10 AM
Is Rikki doing the Pantomime at the Wyvern this year then?

No but he is at Reading. They are doing Jack and the Beanstalk and Ricki is the back end of the bull.
Where all the shite comes from.

Looks as though it will be a messy performance Bobby! 

Any chance it might be coming to Swindon anytime soon?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Des Morgan on November 20, 2010, 04:06:16 PM
Quote
Any chance it might be coming to Swindon anytime soon?

What - Wi-Fi ?

Don't think so ;)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on November 20, 2010, 06:31:32 PM
Quote
Any chance it might be coming to Swindon anytime soon?

What - Wi-Fi ?

Don't think so ;)

The question now is Des, has interest now been deflected elsewhere to newer more vibrant and inovative projects?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Des Morgan on November 20, 2010, 10:05:19 PM
Quote
The question now is Des, has interest now been deflected elsewhere to newer more vibrant and inovative projects

A very good question Richard and one I have been considering for some months.

In my view, and i stress that it is very much a view held by myself on the basis that i have absolutely nothing to back it up other than a strong feeling. Rikki Hunt is an 'entrepreneurial butterfly' - by which i mean, he flits from one idea to another and does not neccessarily wait around to see his ideas come to fruition, if indeed they ever do.  He is an ideas man - I imagine him constantly having ideas but he lacks the one ingredient that all entrepreneurs need - loads of money, so he does the next best thing; he uses his undoubted eloquence and sales skills to sell those ideas to people who do have money.

People like Coun Bluh.  There is nothing quite like a receptive mind and in the Leader of SBC I believe Mr Hunt found such a mind.  Coun Bluh loves the thought of 'legacy' - in that he is in good company, almost every politician yearns to leave a lasting legacy - in Coun Bluh's case a canal running through Swindon would be the most prestigious of legacys but I fancy he would settle for Swindon being the first Borough wide Wi-Fi network.

In Coun Bluh's mind the justification for 'getting into bed with Mr Hunt' was simple - if Wi-Fi was a success and it returned a net profit of £700k per annum the Council would receive an income of approx £240k per annum - for a cost of £400k that would be a fantastic result.  However, the old business adage applies - 'if it looks too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true' In my view the Wi-Fi scheme falls into this camp.

What of the future - well let's see. I think SBC and DC will probably part company sometime along the journey.  Councillors will 'spin' a story and attempt to persaude us that they have achieved a great deal - we of course will know different.

What i think I can safely forecast is that neither Coun Bluh or any officer at SBC will offer people like us and apology for the contemptible way in which they treated us and for the way they ignored our observations and it is a racing certainty that no one will be disciplined for any wrong doing.





Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Chris Watts on November 20, 2010, 10:28:07 PM
What of the future - well let's see. I think SBC and DC will probably part company sometime along the journey.  Councillors will 'spin' a story and attempt to persaude us that they have achieved a great deal - we of course will know different.

Sorry Des, not as cut and dried as that.

Bob Wright submitted standing order 15 questions at last full council that included:

"Can the Deputy Leader inform the council who are the small minority of Swindon people who are preventing Digital City operating properly?
 
How does the Deputy Leader reconcile his views with the Managing Director of Digital City who had previously stated the timescales were over optimistic and they have been plagued by technical problems?
 
Which one of these versions of the difficulties are we to accept or is the Deputy Leader prepared to withdraw his statement in view of the Managing Directors claims?"

The deputy leader answered that both were to blame.

The excuse has already been spun.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Steve Wakefield on November 21, 2010, 12:11:00 PM
Des, Chris,

Interesting posts, any ideas of how it may shape up? Go on have a stab at it.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Mart on November 21, 2010, 01:46:47 PM
"Can the Deputy Leader inform the council who are the small minority of Swindon people who are preventing Digital City operating properly?

Erm, the clowns who have an amount of public money that is in inverse proportion to their expertise in the field in which they have chosen to spend it.

Or have I misunderstood?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on November 21, 2010, 05:42:35 PM
"Can the Deputy Leader inform the council who are the small minority of Swindon people who are preventing Digital City operating properly?

Erm, the clowns who have an amount of public money that is in inverse proportion to their expertise in the field in which they have chosen to spend it.

Or have I misunderstood?

On the money as usual Mart!!
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on November 21, 2010, 05:45:54 PM
Now Des assuming you are correct about the state of play of DC where do you think Mr Hunt's Vibrancy and Inovation might manifest itself next?

Did I hear something about a Snow Tower or suchlike?

Where on earth did I get that idea from?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Bobby Bingo on November 21, 2010, 08:48:25 PM
Bluh and company already have a Snow Tower Richard. It is at the start of their slippery slope they are fast approaching.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on November 22, 2010, 01:16:24 PM
Bluh and company already have a Snow Tower Richard. It is at the start of their slippery slope they are fast approaching.

Did Rikki build it for them Bobby?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Des Moffatt on November 22, 2010, 01:42:51 PM
Unintended consequences.
When politicians get attacked for lack of judgement this is what the critic is on about. Politics is mostly about making a judgement on the recommendations made and the people making them.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on July 18, 2011, 07:53:34 PM
Rikki's attempt to get involved with a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with Gloucestershire fell by the wayside but as he recently hinted, he has another scheme at hand.  This time with Wiltshire.

Sure enough, the document is once again signed by both Rikki and Rodders.
"Fire up the Reliant Robin, Rodders!"

http://www.wsep.org/media/uploads/Swindon_and_Wiltshire_LEP_Formal_Bid_15_July_2011.pdf (http://www.wsep.org/media/uploads)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Weebleman on July 18, 2011, 08:22:17 PM
Rikki's attempt to get involved with a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with Gloucestershire fell by the wayside but as he recently hinted, he has another scheme at hand.  This time with Wiltshire.

Sure enough, the document is once again signed by both Rikki and Rodders.
"Fire up the Reliant Robin, Rodders!"

[url]http://www.wsep.org/media/uploads/Swindon_and_Wiltshire_LEP_Formal_Bid_15_July_2011.pdf[/url] ([url]http://www.wsep.org/media/uploads[/url])


The link doesn't work here. Can you give us a clue ?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on July 18, 2011, 08:31:58 PM
 The link is incomplete Weeble. I'm on my IPhone (&WiFi) at the moment. Google Wiltshire &Swindon LEP.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Weebleman on July 18, 2011, 09:03:12 PM
The link is incomplete Weeble. I'm on my IPhone (&WiFi) at the moment. Google Wiltshire &Swindon LEP.
Ah! that explains it. You're in Highworth  :2funny:
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Ringer on July 18, 2011, 11:59:37 PM
 http://www.wsep.org/media/uploads/Swindon_and_Wiltshire_LEP_Formal_Bid_15_July_2011.pdf (http://www.wsep.org/media/uploads/Swindon_and_Wiltshire_LEP_Formal_Bid_15_July_2011.pdf)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on July 19, 2011, 06:29:20 AM
Reshaping the West Country in Swindon's image? Scary.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on July 19, 2011, 08:28:11 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-13195811 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-13195811)

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Plans to expand access to superfast broadband in Wiltshire have been given a £16m boost by the local council. A target has been set for 85% of all premises in the county to have availability by 2015.The authority is also bidding for a government grant and additional funding from the telecoms industry to generate more than £30m towards the project.


Now looking at the new LEP bid for Wilshire and Swindon it says:

Quote
By 2015 we aim to see:-
• 85% area coverage by superfast Broadband.


Could this broadband aim be passed off as the alleged new money for WiFi? Would Wiltshire council now just include Swindon for free or would they want Swindon to stump up their share?


Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Muggins on July 19, 2011, 09:00:54 AM
considering the historic relationship between Swindon borough council and wiltshire County Council , I think we know the answer to that one - Wilts won't be giving anything for nothing.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on July 19, 2011, 09:04:59 AM
I think that you are correct Muggins.

However the poor innocents of Wiltshire do not know that Rodders and Rikki have an ace up their sleeve......10 Bobs worth of junk up some lamposts.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on July 19, 2011, 09:16:57 AM
I think that you are correct Muggins.

However the poor innocents of Wiltshire do not know that Rodders and Rikki have an ace up their sleeve......10 Bobs worth of junk up some lamposts.

What's this then Outoftowner a new business venture to sell off our lamp posts?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on July 19, 2011, 09:45:09 AM
Not sell them Richard. Far more vibrant and innovative than that. The Wi-Fi kit up the lamp-posts can be used as a barganing chip against Wiltshire's £16M for future broadband use and the old lamp-posts that are coming down to be replaced with new ones, can be fixed together with Duct tape to make Wind Turbine towers!

S'obvious to an "Entreprenuer".
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on July 24, 2011, 03:46:27 PM
This might  be worth a new thread so that we can plot the progress of the new Local Economic Partnership.

A boost for Rodders and Del Boy Rikki surely?




http://www.forwardswindon.co.uk/News/Swindon--Wilts-LEP-gets-go-ahead-from-Government.aspx (http://www.forwardswindon.co.uk/News/Swindon--Wilts-LEP-gets-go-ahead-from-Government.aspx)

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Swindon & Wilts LEP gets go ahead from Government - 22/07/2011
Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) gets green light from Westminster


Responding to the excellent news today, Rikki Hunt, Chair of the SSEP, and Paul Johnson, Chair of the WSEP said:
“Our businesses have supported this proposal as they recognise the need to have a seat at the government’s table if we are to create the wealth, jobs and new business opportunities that will grow our economy for the benefit of our people.  We’re delighted that Government has approved our proposal and look forward to working across the whole region to ensure the LEP makes a real difference.”
Welcoming the news, Councillor Roderick Bluh leader of Swindon Borough Council and Fleur de Rhe-Philipe, cabinet member for economic development at Wiltshire Council, commented together on their support for the LEP:
“We recognise the importance of developing our economy and the role that business has to play in that.  Our commitment to delivering a supportive environment is clearly articulated in our business plans and we understand that the commercial sector operates in markets, not administrative areas. The LEP approved today provides a great opportunity for business and local authorities to work together to create the conditions for growth across our two economies.”


Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Weebleman on July 24, 2011, 04:18:44 PM
Not sell them Richard. Far more vibrant and innovative than that. The Wi-Fi kit up the lamp-posts can be used as a barganing chip against Wiltshire's £16M for future broadband use and the old lamp-posts that are coming down to be replaced with new ones, can be fixed together with Duct tape to make Wind Turbine towers!

S'obvious to an "Entreprenuer".
So, what actually makes Rikki an Entreprenuer then Outoftowner ?
What businesses has he run successfully, and how many people has he employed over the past 5 years?
I ask in a genuine spirit of enquiry, so that I might better understand what an 'entrepreneur' does (or not!) in case I might one day aspire to be one.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: boothill on July 24, 2011, 04:27:21 PM
Not sell them Richard. Far more vibrant and innovative than that. The Wi-Fi kit up the lamp-posts can be used as a barganing chip against Wiltshire's £16M for future broadband use and the old lamp-posts that are coming down to be replaced with new ones, can be fixed together with Duct tape to make Wind Turbine towers!

S'obvious to an "Entreprenuer".
So, what actually makes Rikki an Entreprenuer then Outoftowner ?
What businesses has he run successfully, and how many people has he employed over the past 5 years?
I ask in a genuine spirit of enquiry, so that I might better understand what an 'entrepreneur' does (or not!) in case I might one day aspire to be one.


“The thing that's wrong with the French is that they don't have a word for entrepreneur”

 George W. Bush quote
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Mart on July 24, 2011, 04:43:53 PM
Going to war without the French is like going deer hunting without an accordian. All you leave behind is a load of noisy baggage".

Stormin Norman

An entrepreneur is a person who has possession of a new enterprise, venture or idea and is accountable for the inherent risks and the outcome of a product.[note 1] The term was originally a loanword from French and was first defined by the Irish-French economist Richard Cantillon. Entrepreneur in English is a term applied to a person who is willing to help launch a new venture or enterprise and accept full responsibility for the outcome.

Accountable and accepts full responsibility?

Ooopsie.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on July 24, 2011, 04:57:57 PM
Accountable and accepts full responsibility?
Ooopsie.

Are you suggesting that Rikki hunt is Accountable and Accepts Full Responsibility for Wi-fi then Mart or are you leaving that to the Leader and Deputy Leader of Swindon Borough Council? 

After all someone has to be Accountable and Accept Full Responsibility for the loss of £400,000 of Public Money or should I say Swindon Council Tax Payers Money?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on July 24, 2011, 05:44:57 PM
Not sell them Richard. Far more vibrant and innovative than that. The Wi-Fi kit up the lamp-posts can be used as a barganing chip against Wiltshire's £16M for future broadband use and the old lamp-posts that are coming down to be replaced with new ones, can be fixed together with Duct tape to make Wind Turbine towers!

S'obvious to an "Entreprenuer".
So, what actually makes Rikki an Entreprenuer then Outoftowner ?
What businesses has he run successfully, and how many people has he employed over the past 5 years?
I ask in a genuine spirit of enquiry, so that I might better understand what an 'entrepreneur' does (or not!) in case I might one day aspire to be one.


“The thing that's wrong with the French is that they don't have a word for entrepreneur”

 George W. Bush quote


I don't mean to stand up for Dubya, but entrepeneur means something slightly different in French. It gained its current meaning after becoming an Anglicised loan-word.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: boothill on July 24, 2011, 06:01:48 PM
Not sell them Richard. Far more vibrant and innovative than that. The Wi-Fi kit up the lamp-posts can be used as a barganing chip against Wiltshire's £16M for future broadband use and the old lamp-posts that are coming down to be replaced with new ones, can be fixed together with Duct tape to make Wind Turbine towers!

S'obvious to an "Entreprenuer".
So, what actually makes Rikki an Entreprenuer then Outoftowner ?
What businesses has he run successfully, and how many people has he employed over the past 5 years?
I ask in a genuine spirit of enquiry, so that I might better understand what an 'entrepreneur' does (or not!) in case I might one day aspire to be one.


“The thing that's wrong with the French is that they don't have a word for entrepreneur”

 George W. Bush quote


I don't mean to stand up for Dubya, but entrepeneur means something slightly different in French. It gained its current meaning after becoming an Anglicised loan-word.

Yeah ..agreed, but during my early years in THE Regiment I discovered that Bush had more than one meaning too, most of 'em  applicable to so many things, including politicians both national and local !
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Mart on July 24, 2011, 06:06:39 PM
Are you suggesting that Rikki hunt is Accountable and Accepts Full Responsibility for Wi-fi then Mart or are you leaving that to the Leader and Deputy Leader of Swindon Borough Council?

I'd like to 'umbly advance that argument. 33% each seems fair and equitable, 0% does not.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Des Morgan on July 24, 2011, 06:47:42 PM
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Rikki hunt is Accountable and Accepts Full Responsibility for Wi-fi

Would this be the same Rikki (for free) Hunt who promised to 'see things through' and to 'ensure the loan was repaid' as 'it was his business reputation at risk' - or is there another Rikki Hunt?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on July 24, 2011, 08:07:44 PM
Quote
1 entrepreneur Noun, masculine

(a) contractor; entrpreneur; ~ en bâtiment/de transports building/haulage contractor; ~ de pompes funèbres undertaker, funeral director

So my friend Weeble. Its seems that in “La France” an entrepreneur is a contractor or Funeral Director but in England it usually means someone that risks his own money to set up a business and employ people.
However, in Swindon, it means it is someone who risks someone else’s money to set up a business and employee his family and friends..
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Weebleman on July 24, 2011, 09:54:19 PM
Quote
1 entrepreneur Noun, masculine

(a) contractor; entrpreneur; ~ en bâtiment/de transports building/haulage contractor; ~ de pompes funèbres undertaker, funeral director

So my friend Weeble. Its seems that in “La France” an entrepreneur is a contractor or Funeral Director but in England it usually means someone that risks his own money to set up a business and employ people.
However, in Swindon, it means it is someone who risks someone else’s money to set up a business and employee his family and friends..
Many thanks for your clarification OOT.
From your explaination I can appreciate the greater merits of the Swindon model as a means for making a quick buck (albeit someone else's). But, putting the Swindon factor to one side, does Mr Hunt currently make an honest crust in any capacity that warrants his continued 'entrepreneur' status? I only ask because if it's not that difficult then I should like to consider myself in a similar vein.... Mother was so pleased when I earned the right to put 'Managing Director' on my business card; I'm sure if, without too much effort, it were possible to add 'entrepreneur' she'd positively glow with pride. O0
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: MsD Meanor on July 24, 2011, 10:09:38 PM
Still not quite sure why some people get away with adopting business practices which are not being considered fraudulent..... and yet some people don't.

That tricky dividing line between legal and illegal, entrepreneurial and completely stupid waste of time and energy (other peoples') .

I see  just an unpleasant posturing liberally sprinkled with sycophancy and empty management jargon that makes the likes of Murdoch, Blair, Cameron  and other industrial Big Cheeses & politicians  look positively subtle and understated.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Bobby Bingo on July 25, 2011, 12:41:17 PM
Ricki was on the radio this morning and was his usual charming self. Managed to evade the WiFi questions and insisted on talking about the future. HIS.  Yes he was so charming that when I looked out of my window there was not a bird to be seen in any of the trees
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Ringer on July 25, 2011, 01:03:55 PM
No, but I heard Anne Snelgrove was on the Graham Mack Show this morning.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on July 25, 2011, 01:49:08 PM
Ricki was on the radio this morning and was his usual charming self. Managed to evade the WiFi questions and insisted on talking about the future. HIS.  Yes he was so charming that when I looked out of my window there was not a bird to be seen in any of the trees

Surely he was asked in depth questions about Wi-fi Bobby?  Why was he allowed to evade them?

Until such time as he Accounts for the money he should never cease to be reminded of it.

would you ever trust this man again even to service your lawnmower?

Mind you he has some neck surfacing again in Swindon, what do they say about Rhinoseros hides?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: boothill on July 25, 2011, 07:54:18 PM
Ricki was on the radio this morning and was his usual charming self. Managed to evade the WiFi questions and insisted on talking about the future. HIS.  Yes he was so charming that when I looked out of my window there was not a bird to be seen in any of the trees

Surely he was asked in depth questions about Wi-fi Bobby?  Why was he allowed to evade them?

Until such time as he Accounts for the money he should never cease to be reminded of it.

would you ever trust this man again even to service your lawnmower?

Mind you he has some neck surfacing again in Swindon, what do they say about Rhinoseros hides?


and also things that float to the top eventually !
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Des Morgan on July 25, 2011, 10:20:11 PM
Quote
Rikki's attempt to get involved with a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with Gloucestershire fell by the wayside but as he recently hinted, he has another scheme at hand.  This time with Wiltshire. Sure enough, the document is once again signed by both Rikki and Rodders

The fact that Coun Bluh endorsed Rikki (for free) Hunt after the debacle that was the Wi-Fi project is almost beyond belief. 

That the SSEP continue to allow Rikki (for free) Hunt to continue in post as chairman only devalues the work of the SSEP.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on July 25, 2011, 10:35:22 PM
Quote
Rikki's attempt to get involved with a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with Gloucestershire fell by the wayside but as he recently hinted, he has another scheme at hand.  This time with Wiltshire. Sure enough, the document is once again signed by both Rikki and Rodders

The fact that Coun Bluh endorsed Rikki (for free) Hunt after the debacle that was the Wi-Fi project is almost beyond belief. 

That the SSEP continue to allow Rikki (for free) Hunt to continue in post as chairman only devalues the work of the SSEP.

You have to ask yourself Des why on earth would Rod Bluh want to do this?

Does he think no matter what or whomever he sponsors will have absolutely no impact on his future?

If so he shows incredible arrogance and if that is the case there will undoubtedly be consequences.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Des Morgan on July 25, 2011, 10:56:26 PM
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You have to ask yourself Des why on earth would Rod Bluh want to do this?

Believe me Richard - I do ask myself that very question. The relationship between SSEP and SBC really cannot be helped by the fact that the Chair of the SSEP failed to fulfil the project of delivering a Wi-Fi facility to the Borough - a project initiated by him and for which the Council taxpayer funded him and his Company to the tune of £400k of which £250k vanished without trace inside of 5 months; with absolutely NOTHING to show for it.

As for the SSEP, how Mr Hunt feels able to remain as Chairman is quite mind blowing.  In what way could anything he says or does be taken seriously, after all he abandoned the Wi-Fi project despite his claim to be serious about taking things forward, his belief in the proposal and above all the affect failure would have on his business reputation.  Clearly he didn't think it would affect it too much!
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Ringer on July 26, 2011, 06:50:10 AM
"Does this mean Ian Piper CEO Foward Swindon does not agree with Rodders and Rikki  to do a joint LEP?"


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"We feel that a Swindon only LEP that is well connected to all of those economic areas is the right solution for us. That's the case that we'll we trying to set out to government. We realise that we'll be small in geographic terms compared to the other LEPS but that’s the case we want to make."


http://www.wiltshirebusinessonline.co.uk/news/9046876.Swindon_bid_for_LEP_almost_ready/ (http://www.wiltshirebusinessonline.co.uk/news/9046876.Swindon_bid_for_LEP_almost_ready/)

Perhaps Rikki has done this so he can extend his influence into Wiltshire and give them the benefit of his skills and abilities?

I think Anne Snelgrove is right when she says Swindon can make its own business case, well maybe it can with people like Anne taking a lead,  rather than Rodders and Rikki?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on July 26, 2011, 01:18:56 PM
It would appear that after the Swindon and Gloucestershire LEP bid failed, an attempt was made to get a LEP for Swindon only. This was also given the cold shoulder. It would seem that our clever bid team must have looked at the “pre-ordained” (?) LEP groupings on the map that Ringer linked to and then the penny dropped that they needed to bid as Swindon and Wiltshire, which they did and lo, it was accepted.

Here’s the mention of a Swindon only LEP:

http://www.forwardswindon.co.uk/ForBusiness/Policy (http://www.forwardswindon.co.uk/ForBusiness/Policy)

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Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
Forward Swindon is currently working with the Swindon Strategic Economic Partnership on developing a proposal for a Swindon focused Local Enterprise Partnership. The company is ideally placed at the nexus of the public and private sector to stimulate discussion and broker agreement about the economic development priorities for Swindon.A draft submission is currently being prepared and will be available during July 2011.Please contact Bill Cotton if you have any queries or comments.



Here’s the link with Wiltshire:

http://swindon-business.net/index.php/2011/07/22/at-last-swindon-gets-its-lep-but-only-by-linking-up-with-wiltshire/ (http://swindon-business.net/index.php/2011/07/22/at-last-swindon-gets-its-lep-but-only-by-linking-up-with-wiltshire/)

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At last! Swindon gets its LEP – but only by linking up with Wiltshire
July 22, 2011
By Owen Fishwick
Swindon and Wiltshire’s joint bid for a private sector-led Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been approved by the Government – ending a drawn-out saga that put them among the last parts of the country to set up one of the job-creating bodies.

The green light came from business minister Mark Prisk and decentralisation minister Greg Clark yesterday, giving Swindon and Wiltshire a LEP covering an area with a population of around 650,000 and more than 26,000 businesses.
The LEP, which has the support of Swindon and Wiltshire Councils, plans to help create 10,000 jobs and safeguard a further 8,000 over the next four years. Its priorities include increasing the coverage of super-fast broadband, regenerating and improving connectivity between the main population areas, supporting the tourism industry and helping to realise the potential of the growth sectors such as advanced manufacturing and engineering, information technology and logistics.
Swindon had originally expected to be part of a larger LEP with Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. But that idea fell apart when Gloucestershire decided to go in alone a year ago. Swindon then put in a bid to ministers for a solo LEP, only to be told the town was too small to support one of its own.


Here’s the go ahead for the joint LEP bid:

http://www.lgcplus.com/briefings/services/economic-development/green-light-for-swindon-and-wiltshire-lep/5032943.article (http://www.lgcplus.com/briefings/services/economic-development/green-light-for-swindon-and-wiltshire-lep/5032943.article)

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Ministers have given the green light to a local enterprise partnership covering Swindon and Wiltshire, bringing to 37 the number of the new economic development bodies.


And a new map showing another bit crossed off. i.e. LEP NO.37

http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/economic-development/leps (http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/economic-development/leps)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Drone on July 29, 2011, 05:41:11 PM
I see there's some discussion over whether Hunt should be chair of the LEP. He's already been heavily involved in pitching for it - who's giving him the green light to negotiate on behalf of Swindon businesses?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Mart on July 29, 2011, 05:50:43 PM
The only chair he should be given has a cable attached.

It's bloody lunacy, quite apart from the WiFi catastrophe exactly what has he achieved?

It'd be like havinr David Icke as spokesman for Sport.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on July 30, 2011, 12:02:01 AM
I see there's some discussion over whether Hunt should be chair of the LEP. He's already been heavily involved in pitching for it - who's giving him the green light to negotiate on behalf of Swindon businesses?

Has anyone asked Emma Faramarzi, in her capacity as Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, whether or not she approves of this situation?

Her opinion as a Swindon Borough Councillor would be of interest too?

Maybe we can tempt her Oliver I'm all ears out of retirement to speak on her behalf?

Assuming he is allowed to that is!
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on August 22, 2011, 10:59:05 AM
I'm really kicking myself today. I should have found this earlier.

What's the obvious way of avoiding paying someone back their money?.........Doh!

http://www.insolvencydirect.bis.gov.uk/eiir/IIRCaseIndivDetail.asp?CaseId=700169131&IndivNo=101837675&Court=SWIN&OfficeID=600000043&CaseType=B (http://www.insolvencydirect.bis.gov.uk/eiir/IIRCaseIndivDetail.asp?CaseId=700169131&IndivNo=101837675&Court=SWIN&OfficeID=600000043&CaseType=B)

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Report Requested For : JOHN RICHARD HUNT
Report for Bankruptcy Case
Individual Details
Surname    HUNT
Forename(s)    JOHN RICHARD
Title    MR
Gender    Male
Occupation    Unemployed
Date of Birth    11 October 1953
Last Known Address    19 Carlisle Avenue
Lakeside
SWINDON
United Kingdom
SN3 1QA
 
Insolvency Case Details
Case Name   JOHN RICHARD HUNT
Court   Swindon County Court
Type    Bankruptcy
Number    0000093
Case Year    2011
Order Date   08 March 2011
Status   Currently Bankrupt : Automatic Discharge will be 08 March 2012 See FootNote
Case Description   JOHN RICHARD HUNT, unemployed of 189 Kingshill Road, SN1 4LL and lately residing at 11 Belmont Crescent, SN1 4EY, both in Swindon, Wiltshire and lately a company director
 
Insolvency Service Contact Details
Insolvency Service Office    Gloucester
Contact    Enquiry Desk
Address    Northgate Court
21-23 London Road
GLOUCESTER
United Kingdom
Post Code    GL1 3HB - Click Post Code for Map of Office
(The Insolvency Service is not responsible for the content of external sites.)
Telephone    01452 338000
(Click here to find the email address for this office.)
 
Footnote The bankrupt’s Discharge Date is in accordance with Section 279(1) of The Insolvency Act as amended by Section 256 of The Enterprise Act 2002.

Details extracted on 22/8/2011

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: swindoncentric on August 22, 2011, 12:59:45 PM
Wow.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Des Morgan on August 22, 2011, 01:13:28 PM
Can someone help me - what were the dates Rikki Hunt resigned as a Director of Avidity and DC

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Nadine Watts on August 22, 2011, 01:22:19 PM
Rikki Hunt appointment terminated as a director of Avidity Consulting on 31/12/2010
(Laura Hunt appointed secretary on 31/03/11)

Rikki Hunt appointment terminated as a director of Digital City UK Limited on 03/03/2011
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Steve Wakefield on August 22, 2011, 01:31:56 PM
Nadine

Thanks for posting that information.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on August 22, 2011, 01:48:07 PM
Steve,

Rikki appears to have "cleared the decks" before he was made bankrupt by resigning all his Ltd Company directorships. (It crossed my mind that he was doing that but I didn't research bankrupts until today, when I found the information quite readily. Doh..Doh! :bash: :bash:!)
I think that I know where you are going. Look up the restrictions placed on bankrupts here:

http://www.bis.gov.uk/insolvency/personal-insolvency/bankruptcy-what-is-bankruptcy/how-will-bankruptcy-affect-me (http://www.bis.gov.uk/insolvency/personal-insolvency/bankruptcy-what-is-bankruptcy/how-will-bankruptcy-affect-me)

I don't know if he can still act as Chairman of the SEEP, or whatever it is this week, or take part in the LEP bid. It looks like he was legal though.

Perhaps it'll make his appearance at any more "Business Breakfasts" less appealing to those who can't spot a pork chop in a middle eastern worship house.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid on August 22, 2011, 02:19:57 PM

Haha, it looks like being an undischarged or ex-bankrupt no longer disqualifies someone from being 'involved' in almost every level of local government so, no, he will continue to be involved as long as Cllr Bluh wishes him to be. 

I think there are echoes of Cameron/Coulson here with almost inevitable questions pertaining to Rod Bluh's judgement and whether this bankruptcy is an expedient debt-avoidance manouvre.



 
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Steve Wakefield on August 22, 2011, 02:39:54 PM
Steve,

Rikki appears to have "cleared the decks" before he was made bankrupt by resigning all his Ltd Company directorships


No what had crossed my mind was the non disclosure and confidentiality agreement started on 9th March 2011 at cabinet http://ww5.swindon.gov.uk/moderngov/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=35175&J=3 (http://ww5.swindon.gov.uk/moderngov/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=35175&J=3)

At Scrutiny the Chair asked some questions http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/8910897.Anger_over_wi_fi_secrecy/ (http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/8910897.Anger_over_wi_fi_secrecy/)

Hmmmm?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Des Morgan on August 22, 2011, 03:42:10 PM
 
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the non disclosure and confidentiality agreement started on 9th March 2011 at cabinet


Strange how on a meeting on the 9 March, no one saw fit to mention the issue of Mr Hunt's bankruptcy which was ordered on 8 March.  Perhaps they thought it/he wasn't important!
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Des Morgan on August 22, 2011, 03:46:53 PM
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inevitable questions pertaining to Rod Bluh's judgement


Let's be honest - Coun Bluh doesn't care a fig about your view or mine - he has a very thick skin (useful for a politician) but on the subject of Wi-Fi he has demonstrated a 'bone headed' attitude to matters which frankly demean the office he holds. Only Coun Bluh could declare his total satisfaction in the commercial efficacy of the project when all around the edifcie was shifting on a pile of moving sand.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on August 22, 2011, 04:03:59 PM
You could not make this Wi-fi story up it is so incredible.

What more is there to come?  Surely there is more, there usually is!

Surely now someone, somewhere, will have to take this wholly unsavoury business further?

And which Borough Councillor will be the first to demand the removal of Mr Hunt from the Swindon Strategic Economic Partnership let alone demand his resignation as Chairman?

What does this man have to do to be surgically removed from his attachment to this administration?  I will refrain from the obvious suggestion!
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: ph1lc on August 22, 2011, 04:17:07 PM
But surely Rikki is a perfect fit for SSEP  - an organisation that's bankrupt of good ideas and the ability to deliver them.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Des Morgan on August 22, 2011, 04:23:30 PM
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And which Borough Councillor will be the first to demand the removal of Mr Hunt from the Swindon Strategic Economic Partnership let alone demand his resignation as Chairman?

Not quite sure many of them have the courage to raise the matter - but i already have. 
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Des Morgan on August 22, 2011, 04:24:30 PM
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But surely Rikki is a perfect fit for SSEP  - an organisation that's bankrupt of good ideas and the ability to deliver them.


Perhaps he's the problem and not the solution
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on August 22, 2011, 04:26:12 PM
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And which Borough Councillor will be the first to demand the removal of Mr Hunt from the Swindon Strategic Economic Partnership let alone demand his resignation as Chairman?

Not quite sure many of them have the courage to raise the matter - but i already have.

I agree totally Des, but then you have always been there to ask the awkward questions but very nicely.

It is time for them to come out of the closet!
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid on August 22, 2011, 05:08:37 PM
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inevitable questions pertaining to Rod Bluh's judgement


Let's be honest - Coun Bluh doesn't care a fig about your view or mine - he has a very thick skin (useful for a politician) but on the subject of Wi-Fi he has demonstrated a 'bone headed' attitude to matters which frankly demean the office he holds. Only Coun Bluh could declare his total satisfaction in the commercial efficacy of the project when all around the edifcie was shifting on a pile of moving sand.

Very true, but the more people that realise this the better.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on August 22, 2011, 06:36:05 PM
If any of you want some business advice there seems to be a new company on the block. (its not Ltd. for some reason.)

http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/rikki-hunt/13/4b9/274 (http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/rikki-hunt/13/4b9/274)

Rikki has updated his Linkedin page.

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Rikki Hunt's Experience
Associate
RikkHunt Assosiates

Executive Office industry

August 2011 – Present (1 month) UK


P.S. If you want help with spelling then go elsewhere.

Google the web for his son Martin's attempt at developing his new web-site.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on September 07, 2011, 12:32:06 PM
I don't know if there is any point in going over this and perhaps we should forget about it. BUT;

I'm sure that many people are mystified as to how a successful Chief Executive Officer in the oil industry came to such grief as Rikk has done.

A couple of recent comments in The Adver lead us to wonder still about this.

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candid friend says...
12:22pm Tue 6 Sep 11
There is a bit of spin about RH;s claim to have been the C.E. of an oil company.He was the C.E. of the petrol station subsidiary of Burmah Oil.When they sold the chain he left as well.His CV merits close scrutiny!


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Wellfire says...
2:30pm Tue 6 Sep 11
Candid Friend, you are correct. I worked for the forerunner of that division at Burmah before Rikki Hunt's time and when it had refining and product trading functions. Rikki was C.E. of what remained after the refinery's closure, effectively a reseller of other companies' petrol.


Then we get some historical information from the internet:
(If you get bored easily just skip to the last quote "bubble" it gives you the gist and you will see Rikki's excuse reflex at work.)

(As I am not trained in the world of high finance, I read "investors to sell up and realise it interests" as "The Banks pulled the plug.")

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As part of Conoco Limited's ongoing program to optimize its U.K. marketing performance, the company today announced the sale, for an undisclosed sum, of 175 company-operated Jet service stations in the U.K. to Fuelforce Limited, a newly-created independent fuel retailer. Fuelforce Limited is supported by the Debt Ventures team of The Royal Bank of Scotland.

Under the sale agreement, Conoco will supply petroleum products to the outlets that Fuelforce will continue to operate under the Jet brand. The sale increases Conoco's Jet-branded dealer network from 388 to more than 560 outlets.
Greg Goff, chairman of Conoco Limited, said the transaction represents a strategic repositioning of Conoco's presence in the U.K. retail market. The sale will allow Conoco Limited to focus fuel retailing on our Jet dealer network, which has always been a strength of our U.K. marketing business, while maximizing the benefits of our Humber refinery, the top-rated refinery in Europe," he said. "Jet customers will continue to receive the outstanding value and high standards of quality and service that they have grown accustomed to at all Jet filling stations.
"This transaction is compatible with Conoco Limited's retail strategy to maximize the sale of quality products from the Humber refinery through Jet-branded outlets and to do so with the industry's lowest overhead and operating and capital costs, further improving our return on capital employed," he added.

Goff said that the company's growth plans for the industrial, commercial and specialty fuels sectors, where Conoco Limited is a leading marketer, will be unaffected by the sale.

Rick Hamm, Conoco's president of Refining and Marketing, Europe, confirmed that Conoco remains committed to retail marketing in the U.K. and Continental Europe.
"The refining, marketing, supply and distribution of quality petroleum products for the U.K. market is a key business for Conoco," he said. "In the U.K. and on the continent, we are committed to growing our European retail marketing operations. In addition we have retail operations in the U.S. and Asia Pacific which provide a global strength in this important business sector."

Hamm said that the agreement would not have any bearing on Conoco's oil and gas exploration and production business in the U.K., where the company has been a leader for more than 30 years.
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bout 30 employees in Conoco's retail marketing group will transfer to Fuelforce, while other Conoco personnel will provide support services during a transition period.
Rikki Hunt, chief executive of Fuelforce, said: "This purchase gives Fuelforce the foundation on which to grow a network of top quality Jet-branded service stations in prime locations, with the added benefit  of Conoco's continued support and a first-class retail team."
Credit Suisse First Boston advised Conoco Limited on the transaction.


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Warwick-based Conoco Limited is the U.K. refining and marketing subsidiary of Conoco Inc. (NYSE:COC), a major integrated energy company active in more than 40 countries. Conoco Limited markets fuels in the U.K. under the Jet brand name through a network of distributors and some 560 filling stations. It is also a major supplier of fuels to the aviation, liquefied petroleum gas, marine, home heat, transportation and industrial sectors.

Fuelforce Limited is a newly-established independent fuel retailing company supported by The Royal Bank of Scotland. Based in Swindon, Fuelforce was founded by Rikki Hunt who has considerable experience of fuel retailing, having been marketing director of Elf U.K. and managing director of Burmah. His most recent involvement in the industry, since 1997, was as founder and managing director of Petrol Express, an independent company with a network of service stations operating under the Esso and Texaco brands. et.


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Fuelforce 2 would see Kestrel take off
Published:  01 July, 2005

Rikki Hunt says that if Fuelforce 2 goes ahead, he will roll out Kestrel branding
Investment in new shop formats and branding will be the first priority if Rikki Hunt goes ahead with his plans for Fuelforce 2.
The old Fuelforce network is being broken up and sold off in chunks to Somerfield, Murco and Malthurst, following the move by one of the company’s investors to sell up and realise its assets.
But the remainder of the sites – about 60 – was likely to be bought by Hunt, who resigned as chairman of Fuelforce at the end of April, so he could start the bid to buy back part of his old company.
Plans announced at a Fuelforce conference in January for new-format shops bearing Kestrel branding – which were scheduled for the old network – would be rolled out as soon as possible on the smaller group of Fuelforce sites once contracts were completed.

Hunt says the deal looks good and he’s 90% sure that it will go ahead.


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Fuelforce site sale gives Murco 57
Fuelforce sells off packages of Jet-branded sites as investor forces a restructure
By Merril Boulton
Published:  01 June, 2005
Rikki Hunt dashes claims that the company is in trouble

Fuelforce is being forced to downsize and restructure following a move by one of its investors to sell up and realise it interests in the company.

Fifty seven sites have been sold to Murco Petroleum and its US-based parent company, Murphy Oil Corporation. Another 22 are in line to go to Somerfield and 25 to Malthurst, one of the companies behind Pace Petroleum, which acquired Kuwait Petroleum last year. That would leave around 60 for a restructured Fuelforce network.
However, far from Fuelforce being in trouble, the company’s founder Rikki Hunt, who single-handedly put together the financial package to buy Conoco’s 193 Jet-branded company-owned sites in 2001, is keen to stress how well the organisation has performed.
“Profit is not the issue. According to a recent Mintel report, Fuelforce is the 120th most profitable retailer in Europe,” he said. “The redundancies we made at Christmas – about 14 staff out of 60 went – were to do with our move to direct-managed operations. We simply didn’t need as many people. Unfortunately people are linking the re-shaping we did in December with the current sell-offs and come to the wrong conclusions.
“In fact, our network is now all direct-managed and it’s working very well. In the first area to be converted – Scotland – which has just completed one year’s trading, sales were 12% up in the shop, 4% up on valeting and 2% up on fuel – and that’s in a poor market. Direct management works only on the basis that you must control it – and we’ve got great control. But the reality is that the market at the moment means that investors want to realise their positions – the market is good from a propety point of view – and while disappointed in that it’s not what I want to do, I have to recommend it because it’s good for the company and it is the reality of our industry and investors. It’s a re-shape and a change. But I intend to stick with it. I’m enjoying this business, I know our model works and we’re a very experienced team here.”

Meanwhile Jeremy Clarke, retail marketing manager of Murco, said the acquisition was a major boost to the company’s network, which will now have 153 company-owned sites. “All the new sites are located in our core operating areas and they will enable us to develop our presence in the forecourt sector and in particular to expand our highly successful alliance with the Costcutter Supermarket Group. At the same time, this acquisition brings synergistic advantages to our network which will result in significant operating benefits across our whole business. For the immediate future the new stations will continue to be Jet branded. The long-term branding of these sites will be part of an ongoing strategy review.”


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The force is strong
The strength of Fuelforce’s assets led to its sale, says Rikki Hunt. But can we expect a Fuelforce 2?
By Merril Boulton
Published:  01 July, 2005
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[url]http://www.forecourttrader.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/36/The_force_is_strong.html[/url] ([url]http://www.forecourttrader.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/36/The_force_is_strong.html[/url])
Rikki Hunt
It could go either way. Rikki Hunt could soon be putting the finishing touches to his plans for Fuelforce Mark 2. Or he could decide he’s had enough of the industry for now, and pursue the many offers he’s had for non-executive directorships.
The decision is hanging in the balance as parts of the original Fuelforce network are sold off. Fifty seven sites have been sold to Murco Petroleum and its US-based parent company, Murphy Oil Corporation; another 22 are in line to go to Somerfield; and 25 to Malthurst, one of the companies behind Pace Petroleum, which acquired Kuwait Petroleum last year.
Meanwhile Rikki is negotiating to buy the remainder of the network – about 60 sites – from which to create Fuelforce Mark 2.
But talking to Rikki – who founded Fuelforce in 2001 with the £75m purchase of ConocoPhillip’s Jet-branded company-owned network – one gets the feeling that if the negotiations are too protracted, he may just bail out completely and head for the nearest mountain to climb. But then he also has an office full of staff to think about…
It wasn’t quite the dilemma Rikki had envisaged as the bells tolled for 2005. At that stage, he was looking forward to enjoying the fruits of his labour in moving the Fuelforce network closer to where he wanted it to be, with plans in place for the next stage of development – a new shop format for three types of store format under the brand name Kestrel.
But by the end of April Rikki had resigned from his post as chairman of Fuelforce following moves by one of his investors – the Royal Bank of Scotland – to sell up and realise its interests in the company.

However, he is keen to stress that the move was not prompted by financial difficulties – which could easily have been the impression gained from the outside. He cites a recent Mintel report that listed Fuelforce as the 120th most profitable retailer in Europe.
“The redundancies made at Christmas, when 14 of about 60 staff went, were to do with our move to direct-managed operations,” stresses Rikki. “The company simply didn’t need as many people. The network was working very well under direct management. However people have linked the redundancies with the current sell-offs and come to the wrong conclusions.

“What’s important to realise is that investors always have their exit from a deal at the forefront of their minds,” he explains. “What’s happened in the marketplace in terms of property prices has prompted thoughts about exiting. My investor has said ‘great market Rikki, look at the prices’. It’s about the bird in the hand – the market now may not be the market in the future…

While disappointed with the situation, Rikki can’t disagree with what’s happening because it’s the right decision for the investors.

“We were having offers for our company almost from day one. It’s one of the dilemmas. When you are big you become a prime target for people. Releasing cash from assets has been a move in our industry for a while at the top end, it’s only now it’s becoming more relevant in the middle.”

Before the move to break it up, Fuelforce was 12-18 months behind where Rikki wanted it to be: “If I go backwards to year one, my plan was to get on with the business and find out what I’d bought. Year two I was going to convert to direct managed operation. Year three we would push the business forward.

“But in year one I was quite surprised, on acquisition, at the lack of computer systems that existed in the company. So I wasted the first year identifying the systems needed and then raising the money – £3.5m – to put the systems in and it wasn’t until half way through year two it was installed. I believe the only way to grow our business is through direct management. The key is the systems you’re using to control it. You can’t drive the business forward if you don’t have the information – you’re guessing. And a lot of people in our industry are guessing. It frightens me to death about how people think they’re doing. I am a detail freak and want to know everything everyday.

“When we got to the end of year two I decided I was going to go direct managed in year three. We’d had accountants Price Waterhouse Cooper and business strategists Accenture crawling all over us to reassure our investors we were doing the right thing in going for direct management, even though the industry was going the other way. We started the conversions in February 2004. It took us until January 2005 to complete and any of the fears people had around direct management were all proved wrong. We lost four or five franchisees out of 170 – it was the least of my problems. In fact the biggest problem I had converting to direct managed was that it pushed the business back in the first period because – understandably, but frustratingly – the franchisee would run the stocks very low up to conversion. But from three months on the business grew.

“Direct management had a positive effect on fuel sales and a massive effect on the shops. In Scotland, for example, after a year of trading, sales were 12% up in the shops, 4% up on valeting and 2% up on fuel. And costs have gone down. Control is the key.”

While all this was going on Fuelforce also had a fuel distribution nightmare. The contract set up with P&O and then Wincanton to do its distribution didn’t work: “We had out-of-stocks all over the place and various other problems. And when you run out of fuel people think you’ve got no money. The problem was only solved, ironically in April this year, when we signed up with Sucklings.”

Come January this year, with the final conversion to direct management out of the way, Rikki was feeling good: “We had developed our own Kestrel brand and launched it at a conference in January – all supported by the banks. Then I went off climbing to the Andes for a few weeks. While out there I got an email that said there was something very interesting I needed to talk about when I was back. When I heard of the interest my only response could be, ‘we’ve got to take it’. We are emotional about it, clearly, but we have to go with the business. It looked serious and has progressed ever since.

“I’m seriously disappointed because I was there ready to roll, and I loved the idea of converting the shops and showing everybody how wrong they were about direct management.”

Rikki stepped out of the company at the end of April – although he is still in the Swindon office everyday – so he could concentrate on creating Fuelforce 2.

“Today it looks very encouraging that I will do the deal, but only on the basis that I, as an individual, control all, if not the vast majority, of the shares. It’s the only way I can stop people diverting. I’m always clear about what I want to achieve but you can’t if you’ve got a major shareholder and they want to go somewhere else.

“My focus is always the shop and convenience retailing is a great market. Since the hypermarkets went out of town and killed the high street butchers and bakers, our shopping habits have changed.

“Very rarely do we plan our week’s shop, never mind our month’s shop which was the original plan for the hypers. We now decide today – this afternoon – what we eat for tea. That, by definition means customers are staying local.”

Fuelforce 2 would be smaller, obviously, than before, but the focus would stay the same, stresses Rikki. “My plan involves a lot of investment in the shop in year one and two, and of course direct management. The stores would be micro managed. We have done a lot of research on sites and customers and have outlined three types of site under the brand name Kestrel – convenience store, kiosk and on the move.

“We have also identified our customers using film and TV programmes, so our people could understand who they were marketing for. We have the Royle family – basically working class. Then there’s Mrs Bucket – if this was your predominant customer base you would sell Jacob’s Creek rather than Reisling. The third customer is someone who we identify by picturing Michael Caine in the Italian job – someone who’s in a hurry and whatever he buys he’s going to eat or drink in an hour and do it in the car.

“In the old Fuelforce we would have set up six test sites in February with a roll-out in March. With Fuelforce 2, as soon as we get the deal we’ll get as many done as possible. We’re talking £30-£40,000 investment per site.”

Rikki’s part of the deal is the only bit with any doubt hanging over it. “It’s more about me, than it is about the deal. It’s about getting the right financial structure to the deal and having the right control. As we sit here today it looks very good. I’m 90% certain I’ll do it.

“It’s not a question of needing to do this – I’ve got so many offers and opportunities and other projects such as Swindon FM radio station, and the Kestrel – Creating Thinkers’ organisation. But I want to do it because I love retail and I love the fuel market.”
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: I Could Do That on September 07, 2011, 12:43:37 PM
So in summary, a leopard don't change its' spots
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: komadori on September 07, 2011, 01:28:11 PM
I've yet to find any credible evidence that Mr Hunt has made a success of any business since he ceased being a Burmah employee. Though, of course, that would depend on how one defines 'success'. I'm sure Mr Hunt has made a good profit from many of his business ventures. It's also not to say there isn't any such evidence, just that I can't find it. There's quite a few interviews with Mr Hunt explaining the latest 'event' in whichever business was running at the time as a consequence of what he would describe as a success, but I've not found any independent analysis of his business stating similar views.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on September 08, 2011, 09:35:19 AM
This from The Grocer circa 22 October 2005

I think that the wording that I have marked up in bold indicates that Fuelforce failed because of suspect bad management decisions. This probably left them with a debt that they have been desparate to clear ever since 2005.

(Incidently Fuelforce and Fuelforce Holdings still exist. Their accounts show that each, dormant company has £100,000 in the bank, or they are both showing the same £100,000, I don't know. If this money is still in their bank then it probably is not counted by any creditors of Fuelforce to be owing to anyone. The deposit of this money, by the way, pre-dates any loan to Digital City. )

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Fuelforce, one of the UK's largest independent forecourt operators, looks poised to exit retailing after selling the bulk of its remaining estate in a deal worth 50m [pounds sterling].

Speculation that Fuelforce was looking for a way out was already rife after the chain--number 13 in The Grocer's last Top 50 table of independent retailers with 165 stores and sales of 68.9m [pounds sterling]--sold more than 100 outlets in the spring.

Now most of its remaining estate, scattered across England and Scotland, has been bought by a consortium of businesses and entrepreneurs.

The buyers include private investors, Bank of Scotland Corporate, venture capitalist Joint Ventures and Paradigm Real Estate Managers.

Solicitors Maclay Murray & Spens acted for it and said Fuelforce still retained some stores, but declined to reveal how many.

Ray Holloway, director of the Petrol Retailers Association, attributed Fuelforce's decline to its retail development strategy.

He said its decision to lease out stores under franchise had diluted their value, while the cost of building its retail portfolio plus subsequent lack of investment could have hit performance. Location of sites may have been another damaging factor, said Holloway.

So it looks like Fuelforce went under for lack of entreprenueral skills! Never!
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Geoff Reid on September 08, 2011, 02:43:50 PM

My own opinion is that Mr Hunt has been extraordinarily good at selling, erm, Mr Hunt.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on September 08, 2011, 06:46:22 PM

My own opinion is that Mr Hunt has been extraordinarily good at selling, erm, Mr Hunt.

and maybe people who should, by virtue of qualifications, have known better have been extraordinarily good at being taken in by his ability to sell erm Mr Hunt!!

or have I missed something?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Des Morgan on September 08, 2011, 07:22:03 PM
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and maybe people who should, by virtue of qualifications, have known better have been extraordinarily good at being taken in by his ability to sell erm Mr Hunt!!


You know Richard i bet Coun Bluh would agree with you now.

Let's never forget that Rikki Hunt is a consumate seller of himself. How else can you explain his friends defending him by suggesting his reluctance to pay HMRC the tax he owes as not such a big deal.

After last nights cabinet I am fast coming to the conclusion that maybe, just maybe, there is a need to look slightly beyond Coun Bluh and Gavin Jones (who are ultimately accountable) and at the actions of other very senior people.

As for the damage Rikki Hunt has done to political life in Swindon - I'm not sure Coun Bluh and Gavin Jones actually realise the impact of this debacle for whatever anyone says it is a debacle, made the more so by Rikki Hunt pouring petrol on a lit fire by his statement to the Swindon Adver that Council executives approached him and not the reverse. I happen to accept the word of both Coun Bluh and Gavin Jones on this issue if for only one very good reason - how could SBC or Coun Bluh approach Rikki Hunt for something they knew nothing about?  The stated record (never before challenged by RH) makes it clear that RH approached the Council in June 2009. Unless he can prove differently RH should be making a public apology.

I have said previously that RH was a super salesman - he just can't run anything - a common trait in salesmen, who are by definition 'cavaliers' always at the forefront of the company doing the next deal.

Yep - senior officers were suckered in and spat out by a salesman extraordinaire and as he 'rdies into the sunset' Coun Perkins is left high and dry.


 
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Mart on September 08, 2011, 07:48:47 PM
I'd have some sympathy for Messrs Bluh et al if they had shown an ounce of remorse and changed their method of operation, but I don't see any evidence of that yet.

Humble pie can be eaten with dignity and stir some respect, continuing on arsehole setting will just create lasting enmity and no good can come of that.

A public servant, I think, has to have a sense of humility, but that does not mean they have to be a doormat because self confidence and assertiveness are also requirements.

I don't have the pretty damn awesome grasp of the facts that some of you have with regard to this issue, what I do have is a significant sense of grievance at the entirely inappropriate arrogance being displayed by those who, should, have protected our interests and so clearly did not. It is that hubris (?) which will lead me to forever question the suitability of these people to hold the offices they do, and to seek the faults in everything they do while they continue to hold those offices.
 
As things stand I sense the potential for similar to happen all again, by that I mean the procurement of things we don't want, or need, in ways that while possibly legal, challenge the definition of proper in that they are at the whim of a very select, very few.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on September 08, 2011, 07:57:29 PM
After last nights cabinet I am fast coming to the conclusion that maybe, just maybe, there is a need to look slightly beyond Coun Bluh and Gavin Jones (who are ultimately accountable) and at the actions of other very senior people.

Unfortunately due to the sudden arrival from Australia of my old college friend and flatmate, I had to go to Pangbourne last night and therefore could not attend.

I understand you had a range of questions, could you please share them with us and the responses you received please?

I have said previously that RH was a super salesman - he just can't run anything - a common trait in salesmen, who are by definition 'cavaliers' always at the forefront of the company doing the next deal.

But Des as a Salesman by profession myself An Order is not an Order until it is Placed, Delivered and Paid For.  The trouble is we got this rather out of sequence and handed over payment before anything was actually delivered in the case of the £250,000, and for that people who should have known better should be accountable.  In the light of such blatant incompetence should this amount to surcharging those people involved?  In view of the total lack of contirtion. there lies the question!

I'd have some sympathy for Messrs Bluh et al if they had shown an ounce of remorse and changed their method of operation, but I don't see any evidence of that yet.

Humble pie can be eaten with dignity and stir some respect, continuing on arsehole setting will just create lasting enmity and no good can come of that.

A public servant, I think, has to have a sense of humility, but that does not mean they have to be a doormat because self confidence and assertiveness are also requirements.

I don't have the pretty damn awesome grasp of the facts that some of you have with regard to this issue, what I do have is a significant sense of grievance at the entirely inappropriate arrogance being displayed by those who, should, have protected our interests and so clearly did not. It is that hubris (?) which will lead me to forever question the suitability of these people to hold the offices they do, and to seek the faults in everything they do while they continue to hold those offices.
 
As things stand I sense the potential for similar to happen all again, by that I mean the procurement of things we don't want, or need, in ways that while possibly legal, challenge the definition of proper in that they are at the whim of a very select, very few.

Didn't Rod say in defence of this pRoject that because there would be a shortfall in funding that we would have to take risks of this nature in order to pay for services in future?  In which case expect more of the same Mart!!   :crazy2:
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: komadori on September 08, 2011, 07:58:55 PM
As for the damage Rikki Hunt has done to political life in Swindon - I'm not sure Coun Bluh and Gavin Jones actually realise the impact of this debacle for whatever anyone says it is a debacle, made the more so by Rikki Hunt pouring petrol on a lit fire by his statement to the Swindon Adver that Council executives approached him and not the reverse.

I would have thought that now it has had quite a bit of mainstream publicity (an article titled "The myth of free wi-fi (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14835059)" mentioning Swindon has been in the top 10 most read on the BBC news website for most of the day), they might at last begin to realise the damage. Damage to Swindon, damage to Mr Bluh's own political party, and damage to their own reputations.

Yep - senior officers were suckered in and spat out by a salesman extraordinaire and as he 'rdies into the sunset' Coun Perkins is left high and dry.

But what I don't yet get is a sense that, if a similar salesman were to ride along again, they wouldn't be suckered in exactly the same way.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Des Morgan on September 08, 2011, 08:07:26 PM
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I would have thought that now it has had quite a bit of mainstream publicity (an article titled "The myth of free wi-fi" mentioning Swindon has been in the top 10 most read on the BBC news website for most of the day), they might at last begin to realise the damage. Damage to Swindon, damage to Mr Bluh's own political party, and damage to their own reputations.

One of the areas which SBC offciers were required to consider in their risk assessment of DCs Forward Business Plan - that is the second business plan created only 6 months after the first one was approved - was 'risk to the council's reputation'  Even today I don't think they have quite got it as faar as that is concerned. Why? Well perhaps it's something to do with the apathy of the electorate.

Oh, by the way From June onwards it was Business Paln 3 which was being worked to and that had NOT been 'risk assessed'

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But what I don't yet get is a sense that, if a similar salesman were to ride along again, they wouldn't be suckered in exactly the same way

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Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Des Morgan on September 08, 2011, 08:26:40 PM
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Unfortunately due to the sudden arrival from Australia of my old college friend and flatmate, I had to go to Pangbourne last night and therefore could not attend.

I understand you had a range of questions, could you please share them with us and the responses you received please?

Very happy to do so.

1.   With regard to the £250k, being the second tranche of monies given by way of loan to DC – can it be confirmed whether this money or any part of it was spent on any expenses incurred in the first phase of the project – setting up Highworth and if so what amount was spent on the first phase – in total ?

Answer was YES some of the money given as part of tranche 2 WAS spent on funding phase 1 the Highworth element which was 90% completed by December and remains 90% completed today. No work was undertaken in Highworth post March 2010. The amount was not disclosed but an answer was promised. It really shouldn't be too difficult to get the figure. I was amazed as there was nothing in the cabinet documents pertaining to the loan which indicated that any of the £250k would be used for phase 1.
2.   According to Coun Perkins he attended his first board meeting of DC in July 2010 – two months after the £250k was advanced to DC. He was clearly shocked to discover the state of DC’s finances to the point he was concerned about the viability of DC without additional finance coming into the company. Did Coun Perkins advise you and senior officers of his concerns and if so why did this not set in motion the recall of the £250k or at best a note to the Company asking them not to spend a penny of the money?.

Answer - none was forthcoming - I am due a written answer
3.   I have asked in previous correspondence whether a full and comprehensive ‘Risk Assessment’ of DC’s Forward Business plan – that was plan 2 had been undertaken, I have been assured it was. Why was the precarious state of DC’s finances not spotted in that plan given that according to Coun Perkins the assessment covered income, costs and cashflows?

I was promised a written answer
4.   According to Coun Perkins DC has been looking for a new partner since March 2010 – is that correct

Answer - coun perkins meant 'investor' as opposed to partner but accepts that DC with offcier support had been looking for a new investor at March 2010.
5.   I am pleased that Coun Perkins is on record as saying “I have  no problem actually with people understanding where the money was spent – at all”   I wonder if Coun Perkins has now had chance to look at the accounts, that is not the final accounts but the monthly management accounts of DC and whether he is now able to tell us exactly what the £250k was spent on or has the Council not seen the management accounts?  I was a little concerned to note that Mr McKellar advised that he was in receipt of the monthly accounts but Coun Perkins was not and yet Mr McKellar saw no reason to ‘alert’ councillors to the know precarious state of DC’s finances

This for me was the most interesting point. Coun Perkins is on record as having said he did not see the accounts - he was of course referring to the annual accounts. I asked him very specifically about the monthly management accounts which as any accountant will tell you show the actual spending by description that occurs in any given month. Normally they will also show comparison figures such as month to date, year on year and actual to budget. It is also the case that the accounts will show cash at bank. Some banks will insist on seeing management accounts in order to ensure their investment is safe and convenants are not broken.
Coun Perkins denied ever seeing monthly management accounts but he had seen lines from the accounts. Sad reflection on his abilities as a director. Amazingly we had a bit of a scrum about who had seen them - not Coun Bluh, Not Coun perkins and not Coun Edwards the man charged with getting the money back. But lo and behold up spoke Mr McKellar (director of finance) who claimed he had received all the monthly management accounts and had only given a condensed version to councillors. I am amazed as Councillors have denied being able to explain in detail where the £400k was spent and yet the bean counters at the civic have had the information all the time..  I was also aghast that no one had spotted just how precarious the fiscal position of DC was even though the evidence was in their own hands.

I now await written answers to my questions. doubt i will get them any time soon .
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Richard Symonds on September 08, 2011, 09:03:47 PM
Thank you for your answers Des. 

Knowing the administration's propensity to promise Written Answers and then not send them I am not holding my breath for you!!

As for responsibility I see no contrition or for that matter accountability, an unbelievable situation!!

Could the Admins please copy over these details to the main thread please?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on November 10, 2011, 08:35:27 AM
TS members will remember that a while ago Rikki Hunt, among other things, was an author. He wrote “Creating a Thinking Organization: Groundrules for Success”,  along with his mate Tony Buzan.

Rikki and Tony came up with a new method of “Creative Thinking”, a process missed out by evolution it seems.

Rikki then moved on by applying his Merlin like skills, to the process of disappearing £400,000 of taxpayers money from King Rodders . At this time, lacking the Wireless Telegraphy skills of Rikki, Tony carried on with his business of improving the minds of future businessmen.

Now according to this week’s Private Eye (page 30, “A ludic-rous figure.”) Several years ago, the financial backers of a “Mind Games” company, called “Brain Games Networks Inc”, lost £3M but the directors of that company may be now associating with a Tony Buzan in a new venture to set up a UK festival of Mind Games ready for the rich pickings of the Olympic year.

Could this Tony Buzan be the same one that is old mates with Rikki Hunt and would he have a position in his company ready for Rikki to step into when his year in the purdah of bankruptcy ends next March?

 :popcorn:
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Got Signal on November 10, 2011, 08:55:31 AM
in a new venture to set up a UK festival of Mind Games ready for the rich pickings of the Olympic year.
 :popcorn:


This sounds to me like another great eclipse of the 20th century, and a continuatio of the Millenium parties and events fever. It was less than 12 years ago when the Millenium Dome was being hailed as the place to be or visit. Can anyone remember what actually happened?  Millenium new year was the quietest new year on  record for many a year and for the Cornwall eclipse was not swamped by people wanting to see a total eclipse. I also think it may have been obscured by cloud? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_August_11,_1999 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_August_11,_1999)

If 2012 is a success then it will be because the people did it, however I have noticed a total lack of hype and interest in 2012, is it coz we're all in it together? Or is it coz we're all borassic lint? A festival of mind games I look forward to it with interest, if it takes off good luck to them.  It may one thing besides the Olympia to work out and become a legacy?    :popcorn:

PS How much did Y2K cost your organization?

Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on November 10, 2011, 09:02:21 AM
A little pointer Get Signal. "rich pickings" = mugs ready to be scammed.

The way I see it, this ain't no athletics meet but someone taking advantage of the publicity created by the London Games.
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Got Signal on November 10, 2011, 09:22:43 AM
What was the take from Private Eye on the whole proposal. I took your post literally I must be closer to my IT side today than I at first thought?
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Outoftowner on November 10, 2011, 12:09:37 PM
I think that the Private Eye item hints at a possible gathering of vultures.
There is the first UK Festival of Mind Sports on the 17th of this month in London. They intend it to be the launch for the 2012 World Mind Sports Games, which they also seem to want to hold in London.

We can sit back and watch this one unfold together! I think that a lot of TS members are pre-occupied with other, very important, things but it could be interesting to see how this plays out. (And if Rikki gets involved!)
Title: Re: Who is Rikki Hunt?
Post by: Mart on November 10, 2011, 06:51:23 PM
I shan't be attending. I've got a note from my mum.

It confirms I have a lame brain.

Looking forward to drinking Olympic tea from an Olympic mug dunking Olympic biscuits.