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Still a child at heart

Still at child at heart!
My workload is up to my neck at the moment, but things are going well, so I can’t complain!

Daryl SelfEvery now and again to release some pressure and stress I go for a burnout on my quad, there is a child inside of me that I just can’t get out!

Unfortunately this time, while riding over Kings Park, I upset a few people with excessive noise and tearing up the gravel in the car park.

I think that I may be one of the eldest people to be issued an ASBO, for those of you that don’t know this is an Anti Social Behaviour Order, issued by the local police, much to mine and their amusement!

I have been warned though that should they receive any further complaints they are well within their rights to confiscate my quad! So I guess that I will have to grow up a little bit and use my quad in the right places!

This week I have started a blog for Louis, when I started mine I had, and still have a lot of history to catch up on, whereas Louis only has 4 years! I think that it will be a great thing for him, a testimony of his life from birth to present day, and I will write it until he is old enough to take over.

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Online Auctions

Auctions

I am extremely happy with the launch of our online auctions within our Self Trading website.
For people that don’t understand the World Wide Web this is a phenomenal achievement, to start an auction site from scratch you are looking at spending £1000’s.
Our Self Trading website over the years has gained massive popularity, gaining over 150,000 visitors every month. This gives us the ideal base to launch our online auctions; our aim for the future is to be able to offer not only our products as auction lots, but also others the opportunity to trade online, making our site invaluable.
In the pipeline is also a new payment system, created with Self Trading Auctions in mind, allowing both buyers and sellers security when purchasing from the Self Trading Auctions.
Both ideas are a very exciting development for me personally and for the company, it adds great value to the company portfolio and our fortunes!
Interested, then why not take a look here.
http://www.selftrading.co.uk/auctions

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Thats How They Roll

Business is going well at the moment, the only trouble that I am having is getting the right team behind me so that I can move forward, and if for some reason I am not able to be in the office, either sick or away on business, the company does not grind to a halt!
I am in a recruitment frenzy, buyers, shop assistants, right hand men/women, staff with the right attitude, commitment, drive and determination to enable me to share the load.
Any of you reading this that feel that you have something to offer then take a look at our recruitment page here,
http://www.self.co.uk/jobs/
With the weekend that I have just had, I realise that I have got to buck my ideas up and have come into work to kick some arse!
We have had a fantastic weekend at our friends wedding in London, where no expense was spared, this really was 5* all the way, guests staying at Claridges, with the wedding reception there also, the food was out of this world and the champagne may has well been on tap, it continually flowed from beginning to end, almost 15 hours, and my beautiful wife was the chief bridesmaids for the day, and looked just as amazing as she did on our own wedding day, and receivd a Gucci bag for the pleasure!


Guests arrived in the cars; Rolls Royce Phantoms, Bentley GT’s and Azures, made me want to park my S Class well out of the way of seeing eyes!


This whole weekend has shown me how much more I need to do to get up there with them, that is how I want to roll!!!!

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Trying to keep up with my blog is a job in itself; I am just so busy at the moment

Trying to keep up with my blog is a job in itself; I am just so busy at the moment.
The trading is going well and we are looking at branching over to the states next year, with warehouses and offices!

The first of the Self Mart stores is going great, we have a fantastic customer base, which all we can do is build on and offer them more products on a regular basis!

Married life is ok, hasn’t changed my life that much, although I am sure that some of my friends may disagree!

All in all things are going well for me at the moment
The trading is so versatile one minute I am purchasing thousands of t-shirts and household goods and the next abandoned containers!

I must be the only person that inspects these containers in the way that I do!
I admire all the big multi billionaires in this world who enjoy their leisure time with long lunches and days on the golf course, I am not there yet but I am sure that one day I will be there, but in the meantime I will continue to inspect these in my own special way!!

Daryl Self Daryl Self

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SelfMart to take the high street by storm!

I was very happy when a well known internet site contacted us about our new Self Mart stores; I was of course more than happy to share the information with them, article in full for you to read below…


High street stores are being heavily affected by the rise in use of internet shopping and it is becoming apparent that the main retail stores that are surviving this expansion are the Discount Stores.

We all know the current leading UK discount stores are Wilkinsons, Primark, TK Max and TG Hughes and of course the American Giant WalMart but creeping in at the wings is a discount store with a difference in the form of SelfMart.

SelfMart is a retail spin off from Mr Selfs International Trading Company, Self Trading, a company which purchases products at low prices and on some occasion’s prices that are lower than the manufacturers cost.

With the launch of the first SelfMart store well under his belt, managing director Daryl Self takes time out from his busy schedule to tell us all about the differences between his stores and the other discount retailers and his future plans.

“My discount store concept is a mixture of all the UKs leading discount stores with a twist, high quality products at low low prices!

It became obvious to me that the next step for Self Trading was to hit the high street with its high quality low priced items, Self Trading allows me to buy products at low prices and sell wholesale to other traders, such as market stall holders and Ebayers and with the opening of the SelfMart stores I am now able to sell direct to the consumers on the high street.”

Self Trading are able to buy their products at reduced prices due to others losses be it incorrect order levels, last season and even current seasons stock through shop clearances, liquidation, bankruptcy and overstocks, from all walks of life, wholesalers, high street retailers, well known designer brands and many more.

Mr Self explains “that with the correct buying team at the Self Trading Head office, there will be enough of a continuity of lines to supply the SelfMart stores for them to remain different and interesting to new and returning customers at all times”.

As a successful business man this newest venture for the Self Group has been privately funded by Mr Self and he proclaims that with the sure fired business concept for SelfMart there may be no need to even look for any outside finance.

And what of Mr Selfs plans for the future? “It is my aim that in the next five years there will be a SelfMart store on every high street in the country with a flagship store of 20,000 square foot, and with my business experience in franchising, I aim to be able to provide others with a business opportunity, to allow them, the franchisees, the freedom of their own business with corporate support and a recognisable brand name, SelfMart,.”

Mr Self continued to explain that with SelfMart stores purchasing their products direct from Self Trading at favourable prices, it enables the stores to sell at a discounted price, keeping the ever price conscious consumer happy and still maximising their profits.

With Mr Selfs enthusiasm, energy and overall business experience and of course the support of his hardworking, dedicated team members it all sounds like a recipe for success.

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Self Mart – Great Success

With the first Self Mart store open and operationally for one week we are being proved that the business concept works and I can’t wait to get the ball rolling on the other stores!

Opening the shop is a first for me and it was another first that I allowed the store to open in my absence, all of my staff were happy about this as it enabled them to cover up any f&^* ups that were made!
With a planned opening date of Monday 11 June, it was decided to do a test run for a couple of hours on the Saturday afternoon, as the store was ready to go, the all new singing and dancing till systems worked and people came in through the doors for the two hours that were open and spent their money!
The doors were then closed to get the store ready for the official opening on Monday morning!

Monday the doors were opened to the eagerly awaiting public and it proved to be a nice steady day, the store is taking the kind of money that I was expecting, and that is just with only half of the retail sales space maximised, we have room in the store for at least 50% more stock.

We have the right amount of footfall coming into the store what we need to work on is the number of customers that are leaving with a purchase, at the moment we have approximately 1 in 10 people leaving the store with a purchase and once we get a larger range of stock we can improve these figures to 4 in 10, making profits phenomenal, proving that the concept works and making us different from all the other stores in the centre!

I am very pleased so far and with more customers coming in through the door than there is spending this is something that we can work on, I don’t have to drag them in!

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Tax Man – Again

I am swimming in my pool with my son and thinking about the tax man, I cannot relax and enjoy quality time with my son without stressing out about the tax man!
The latest issue that I have with the tax man is that I decided to spread my self assessment payments over a period of six months, as I have been paying on the nail for over 6 years and have never been rewarded. For those of you not aware of Self Assessment tax payments, these are actually payments on account for money that they think you are going to be earning over the next tax year! So as it’s in advance what’s the problem in spreading these payments out, enabling me to have reserve funds for potential business deals.
Post dated cheques were sent of which they cashed one and returned the others. I then received a telephone call from some little jumped up tea boy at the tax office who told me that without filling in a hardship form split payments were not acceptable, he then had the audacity to tell me that it was his money that I was playing with, well, as you can imagine I blew, a f$%^ing hardship form, who do they think they are talking to!?
The matter has now gone to the courts, with me still feeding the tax office the monthly payments that they sent back. It is costing me over £100k per year with book keepers, accountants and advisors to tell me how much I owe the tax man, so in the long run I would be better off giving the tax man my accounts in a biscuit tin and letting them work out how much I owe them.
It has been worked out that over the past four years I have had the pleasure of paying my not so silent partner, the tax man over £1 Million!!!!!! And they are still on my case…
They wonder why people end up disappearing with the big one?!
Perhaps one day they will wind me up so much that … poof….. I am gone.
They have had a good screw from me over the years, why can’t they give me a break?
And as for my other silent partners the VAT man and NI, I’ll leave that for another day, I am now going to enjoy the rest of my evening in the pool with my son!

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The Selfys Wedding Celebration!

Daryl SelfThe Selfys Wedding Celebration
Sat 23 June 2007 7.30 pm till late….
Venue: My Crib, no sorry, our Crib!

This information is for our friends and family who are lucky enough to be invited to our elaborate Caribbean themed celebration.
On arrival you will be greeted with Champagne and Canapés and Rum cocktails, throughout the evening you will be entertained by live music, DJ and a close up magician, there will be Caribbean food to delight all tastes, and spoil yourselves with the chocolate fountains!
Throughout the evening there will be a DVD running of the actual wedding ceremony held in the Caribbean, along with many games and amusements!
And for the hard core partiers amongst us, the pool will be open in the late hours, so don’t forget to bring your trunks!
We have finally prepared a wedding gift list, as listed below, it of course starts with a F430 Ferrari, Phantom or an 80ft Sunseeker Predator, but for those of you that can’t afford to contribute to the main presents then a lighter list is provided!
We are sure that you will all have a great time at Selfys Crib!

Wedding List – Beales
Please contact our Bridal Consultant on 01202 405200.

Product Make Design/Colour Code
Quantity
Price
5 Pc Saucepan Set Stellar 5000 EAN 385247
1
£130.00
Dinner Plate Villeroy & Boch New Wave 102522619
8
£19.95
Tea Plate Villeroy & Boch New Wave 1025251319
8
£10.95
Rimmed Bowl Villeroy & Boch New Wave 1025252709
8
£19.95
Soup/Cereal Bowl Villeroy & Boch New Wave 102519099
8
£14.50
Covered Veg Dish Villeroy & Boch New Wave 1025253070
1
£129.00
Salad Bowl Sm Villeroy & Boch New Wave 1025253330
2
£36.50
Salad Bowl LG Villeroy & Boch New Wave 102525330
1
£41.50
Grill Plate Lg Villeroy & Boch New Wave 1025252856
1
£42.95
Move 1 Dishes Villeroy & Boch New Wave 102553890
2
£21.95
Move 2 Dishes Villeroy & Boch New Wave 1025253891
2
£10.95
Dip Bowl Villeroy & Boch New Wave 1025253932
2
£7.50
Mugs Caffe Villeroy & Boch New Wave 1024849651
8
£12.50
Capacinno Caffe Villeroy & Boch New Wave 1024841330
6
£12.50
Large Party Plates Villeroy & Boch New Wave 1024842830
8
£12.50
Cafe Macchito Villeroy & Boch New Wave 1024847985
6
£12.50
Cutlery Villeroy & Boch New Wave 1263389183
1
£350.00
Spoons Caffe Villeroy & Boch New Wave 1457140160
4
£8.95
White Wine Crystal Villeroy & Boch Casara Black 1172220023
8
£15.50
Champagne Flute Villeroy & Boch Casara Black 1172220013
8
£15.50
Tumblers Villeroy & Boch Casara Black 1172220113
8
£10.50
Bath Towels Christy Renaissance White EAN 096173
4
£23.00
Bathsheet Christy Renaissance White EAN 096184
4
£33.00
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Just briefly…

I haven’t put much on here lately I have been so wrapped up in everyday life and business that I just haven’t had the time. My last entry being my wedding, since then I have been spending time in Spain, finally finishing off the building work in my apartment, so that now I can actually enjoy the time that I spend there, rather than working, again.
My first Self Mart store is now well underway, with leases signed, shop fittings arriving and the doors due to open in the next couple of weeks! I know that this is going to be a successful concept and it will prove itself in the next year, enabling me to open another two stores this year, and then next year being able to franchise them out nationally! I still believe that this concept has got plenty of potential and is going to be a success!
Generally business is ok, and we are managing to keep our heads above water, I am hoping for a few big deals with the trading this year, to get us into earning big money again.
One of the most difficult things in life is getting your wealth and then maintaining it, there are always good times and bad times.
It feels like there are always people trying to take money from me, if it’s not the tax man it’s my kids, and if it’s not my kids, it’s my friends. Yet again last week, I had to help my friends out with money, to prevent them from getting a substantial proportion of their real estate portfolio being re-possessed! That’s not all, if it’s not all the above, it will be paying for mistakes that you have made, fines and penalties….the list just goes on….
I will keep you updated to all the adventures that go on within the Self Group and try not to bore you all too much with the boring mundane day to day business.
So long…..

And more on the house in Miami, coming soon!

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Back from Antigua in the working world a married man

Antigua was the best place to choose to get married, with friends and family around me in such in a beautiful place.

My eldest son had the pleasure of walking my beautiful bride down the aisle, well the jetty, with my two beautiful daughters as her bridesmaids.

I was so proud of my whole family, and with little Louis enjoying the day even more as it was his fourth birthday!

Daryl Self

The whole experience is one never to forget, and it all went perfectly, 5* accommodation, 5* Wedding and a 5* Bride!

The only negative of the whole thing is that I am now a couple of million worse off, having now halved my wealth with my wife!

I love my family very much and am very proud to now say that I am a married man; this has given me more drive and inspiration to better myself and to reach the top of the financial ladder.

Daryl Self

For all our friends, family, acquaintances and people that just want to have a look view the whole Antigua Experience click here.

We are still progressing with the opening of our first Self Mart store, with the aim to open three stores by the end of this year, with the plan to franchise this concept in the New Year. I am still sure in myself that this is a concept that is bound to make a great success.

I have begun a new project this week, and by far this is not a new concept but I know that with the right team, which I have we can be the best…

Self Property Rental, a worldwide property rental site for holiday homes across the world, rent direct from the owner. Watch this space!