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Getting into business at 50 plus

Five years ago, Joyce Bailey and George

Crudgington set up Spiderweb Ltd to market collectibles on the Internet. They were so

successful that they were winners of the annual regional personal and company Age Positive Awards.

George tells the story:

Because of our limited knowledge and lack of

finance, we started trading in a small way, selling

first day covers and then toy soldiers that we

had accumulated in better days in the past.

Within eighteen months we were selling high

quality ceramics. We had very little knowledge

of the Internet, but did and still do have a

great interest in the products that we market.

We did not start with a web site, which in the way we trade is unnecessary,

although now we do have our own web site, which we developed ourselves.

Such assistance that was offered was found to be of such general nature as to

be worthless, and many “Ecommerce experts” who offered advice to us

had never in fact sold anything on the Internet and wanted to charge a

fortune for their “advice”. This unfortunately is still true today.

Our company now has a six-figure turnover and sells high quality collectibles

throughout the world, which include products manufactured by leading British

companies such as Royal Doulton, Wedgwood and Royal Worcester.

Our customers include judges, generals, doctors, nurses, directors, farmers.

It makes us very annoyed when we read or hear distressing stories of other

mature citizen's financial plight, but we know that many, with a little help from

their friends, can do something about it, as we have done. Of course we

recognize that not everyone will want to trade on the Internet but many,

we are sure, would find such experience not only very profitable but very


They be able use the many skills that they have learnt in life and will make

new friends all over the world. One of our American customers took us to

lunch in Harrods last year, another has asked us to stay with them for a

holiday in the US. When we started five years ago we could not get

any financial backing, not even an overdraft. However, having solved

all the problems, we want to try to help others to get out of their plight.

Following our many appearances on TV and in the national press, we have

received hundreds of enquiries from others who would like the chance

emulate our success, especially from the over 50s. We have designed a

short seminar that teaches how to trade on the Internet with minimal

financial investment. It is our boast that anyone who attends our seminars

and can send an email will be able to trade on the Internet within 10 days.

Our seminars adopt a down to earth approach and do not concentrate on web site design or search engine strategies. They are based upon our own very successful trading company Spiderweb Ltd.  We show delegates not only how to trade, but also what items to market and how to reduce costs by using some of the tricks of the trade that we use.

We would expect all delegates to achieve an annual turnover of 25,000 in their first year, with a net profit of 25per cent, with little if any financial investment, just as we did six years ago.

We would emphasis that we are not seeking any financial investment in our

company nor are we promoting any Get-Rich-Quick schemes such as multi-level

marking or chain letters, etc. Our seminars are called "Let's Get Trading" and

are normally limited to 25-30 people per seminar.

Our main trading company's web site is located at

We can be contacted by email at:

or  telephone 01246 813215/812234


Learn to trade on the Internet within 10 days.

No excuses are accepted.

Minimal Finance required.

No web sites or search engine optimisation.

If you can send an Email and surf the Internet you qualify.

Cost 50 plus Vat including Coffee.

Buffet Lunch 7

To book a place on any seminar or to obtain further details please contact

Merchant Adventurers of England Ltd by Email  

or Telephone 01246 813215/812234

To access our main Merchant Adventurers site click this button. 


As an Age Positive Employer Champion, strongly supports the government campaign to eliminate ageism and promote age diversity in the workplace. The Age Positive Campaign aims to highlight the UK's changing demographics - by 2010 nearly 40 per cent of the working population will be over 45 - and paves the way for legislation which is to be brought in during 2006.

For further information, visit or phone 08457 330 360 for a copy of Age Diversity at Work: A practical guide for business.


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