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Finnybank Ltd dissolved

By Chris Williams. Published: 30th Apr 2006, 23:46:56 | Permalink | Printable

Won't someone think of the subscribers?

Qercus logoMedia watch Qercus publisher Finnybank Ltd was quietly dissolved last week. The company, headed by Qercus editor John Cartmell, was terminated on April 25th, according to documentation available from Companies House. Rules surrounding the voluntary closing down of a private company state that a business can only be removed from the companies register if, among other conditions, it has not traded or carried out work in the past three months.

Despite taking on a large number of annual subscriptions, six months have passed since a issue of monthly magazine Qercus was put in the post. John neglected to mention the fate of his company during an interview after he announced he will be giving a theatre presentation at next month's Wakefield show.

One RISC OS publication editor whispered earlier today: "Although it sounds a bit naughty, I am hoping we can pinch some unhappy Qercus subscribers especially as I have just been told that Finnybank Ltd has apparently been dissolved.

"I've just checked companies house and it looks like it's true it was dissolved on the 25th of April."

Dissolution can also be performed when a company's directors wish to retire, or the sole owner returns to self-employment.

Update at 22:17 1/5/2006
John has said simply that he "did not" dissolve Finnybank, which was an unspecified "error". He added: "In any case the magazine has always been owned by Acorn Publisher." This is despite announcing in 2003 that, following the merger of Acorn Publisher and Acorn User, "Finnybank now own both Acorn Publisher and Acorn User magazine". What's more, subscription cheques should be made payable to Finnybank, and according to the magazine's website, "Finnybank Ltd produce Qercus magazine - a fusion of Acorn Publisher and Acorn User magazines". John declined the opportunity to expand further on the situation.


Finnybank website

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What a disappointment when business owners are not honest with their customers. Particularly in the RISC OS world when we are such a small community.

 is a RISC OS Userrmac on 1/5/06 5:52AM
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The presentation at Wakefield should be even more interesting now...

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 1/5/06 7:25AM
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Or even more cancelled

 is a RISC OS Userbobloblaw on 1/5/06 8:26AM
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This does not necessarily mean the demise of Qercus. All it means is Finnybank is no longer a Limited Company. John my still be intending publish Qercus( I hope).

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 1/5/06 8:26AM
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Good luck John. Sorry to hear about Finnybank.

 is a RISC OS UserNodoid on 1/5/06 8:30AM
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Well I suspect thats the last anyone will see of Qercus or their subscription money, not that they've ever seen very much for it.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 1/5/06 9:43AM
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I don't think we can jump to conclusion. Whilst there have been ridiculous delays in Qercus production, from what I know of John Cartmell, he'll have every intention of providing a product to his customers. He's certainly not hiding away (like Microdigital did) and remains contactable via e-mail and telephone.

Of course good intentions aren't always enough, but I don't think this latest news changes much unless we hear otherwise directly from John.

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 1/5/06 9:49AM
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Qercus is owned by Acorn Publisher (as contributors have known all along). The report that Chris has made reflects an error that I was assured had been rectified and will make no changes to subscribers - or the Qercus office, apart from time & cost of putting it right. :-((

 is a RISC OS Userjc on 1/5/06 10:28AM
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Thanks for your comments (though I'm not sure I understand them).

"reflects an error that I was assured had been rectified"

What was the error?

Also, any idea when we might see the next issue of Qercus?

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 1/5/06 11:07AM
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In reply to jc:

According to the Qercus website: "Finnybank Ltd produce Qercus magazine", and "subscriptions are payable to Finnybank". (Interestingly not 'Finnybank Ltd' and that page was updated in June 2005!)

There is no mention of Acorn Publisher 'owning' Qercus, simply that "Qercus is a fusion of AP and AU". Not surprising that "the report Chris made reflects an error ..." if your own website can't get it right.

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 1/5/06 11:30AM
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I can confirm that Qercus and Finnybank Ltd which still exist despite the errors at Companies House will be at the show in 10 days time.

I also undertsnad we will be receiving at least one issue of Qercus prior to the show.

 is a RISC OS UserWakeman on 1/5/06 1:27PM
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If Wakeman is correct that Finnybank Ltd still exists why didn't jc say so, rather than referring to an unspecified error?

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 1/5/06 1:45PM
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Because JC enjoys being vague. Look at all of his usenet postings. You might say that this quality is a bit imcompatible with being an editor, and I'd agree.

Still, I do look forward to receiving the next issue of Qercus.

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 1/5/06 1:50PM
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I really do hope John's still able to publish some magazines at some point soon - I really used to love reading AP. The quality of its articles were first rate (unlike AU towards the end).

 is a RISC OS Userharmsy on 2/5/06 3:21PM
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"I also undertsnad we will be receiving at least one issue of Qercus prior to the show"

What was in said issue?

 is a RISC OS Userbobloblaw on 14/5/06 2:14PM
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