Although SJB Trading Ltd claims 'a wealth of experience' the company was founded on 12th December 2012. It has one director 38-year-old Stuart John Barnes. Barnes is the sole shareholder with £1. Barnes has been a director of three other companies, which have now all been dissolved: Stone Plant & Waste Ltd (dissolved 2011), Sjbs Trading Ltd (dissolved 2009) and Flyteam Aviation Ltd (dissolved 2011).
The SJB Trading website was registered on 25th May 2015.
How many American fine wine lovers have heard of SJB Trading Ltd I wonder?
An example of an email from SJB Trading Ltd explaining their selling procees as well as their '27 years experience in the fine wine business':
Sent: June 2014
Subject: Further to our conversation
Further to our telephone conversation, as promised please find below my contact details. I have been a Buyer for SJB Trading for nearing two years and have a passion for fine wines.
With over 27 years experience in the fine wine business, the Directors and senior management of SJB Trading Ltd are internationally recognized experts in purchasing of En Primeur Bordeaux wines and authentication.
SJB Trading Ltd instruct independent leading Accredited Wine Appraisers from all over the world.
SJB Trading Ltd will instruct appraisal of your fine wine collection for free and arrange for purchase of your properly stored fine wine and in some cases offers exceed the appraised prices!
Here’s what to do next:
Reply to this email with a list of your entire wines collection, highlighting the wines you are interested in selling. Make sure to include your entire collection as a full appraisal will give a clear indication of your current value. Please provide all necessary information including producer, varietal, special designation, vintage, bottle size and number of bottles. Don't bother putting down wines you know have no demand - White Zinfandel, everyday wines, really old Chardonnays, etc.
You may also send a fax of your wine list to +44(0)20 7060 7418. Please clearly indicate your name and contact details marked for my attention.
Honestly indicate each wine's condition. If the label or capsule is smudged or damaged, we want to know about it. Most important is the fill level. Tell us if the fill of the wine is below the neck, and if so, how far down the 'shoulder' it is. If there is any sign of seepage around the cork, or the cork protrudes more than a millimeter from the top of the bottle, or the wine level is below the top shoulder of the bottle, cross it off your list and look for another home - we can't take it.
Upon receipt of your entire wine list, you will be automatically registered with SJB Trading. You will receive an email from email@example.com containing your unique Customer ID Number.
We'll tell you what your wine is worth in today's market. Within a few days, we'll let you know the valuation compiled by the Accredited Wine Appraisers and what we believe it is worth to our international clients and distributor/wholesaler network.
SJB Trading Offer. We will give you a competitive price for the fine wines contained on your list that our clients are interested in. If you are happy with the offer we proceed to pre purchase phase.
Pre Purchase Phase. Your wine is underwritten and insured with independent insurance underwriters. You ship the wine to our bonded warehouse. SJB Trading will incur the transportation costs.
Our Client / Distributor / Wholesaler inspects the wine. SJB Trading together with the purchaser will examine the said wines, in a secure bonded environment. If the condition or other important details are inaccurate, we will be in touch with you to reach a mutually agreeable resolution or will return the affected bottle(s). But this doesn't happen too often. Please be as honest as possible when submitting your list. If your list is not accurate or the quality of stock is poor, your wine will be returned and all costs incurred by SJB Trading must be paid with immediate effect.
Our Client, Distributor / Wholesaler confirms payment terms for the agreed-upon value of the wine, within about 5 business days of receipt of your wine. Usual payment completion is about 4-16 weeks after receiving the said wine (dependent on the quantity and value).
I thank you in advance for your swift response and look forward to receiving your entire wine list.
One Canada Square,
T: +44(0)20 7060 4472 Ext: 305
F: +44(0)20 7060 7418
SJB Trading Ltd use Direct Investment Insurance to value wine portfolios. Direct Investment Insurance claims to be 'The Worlds Largest Investment Underwriters', although the website was only registered on 8th May 2014.