Alan Sawyers

Are we ever satisfied?

Are we ever satisfied?

Are we ever satisfied? Answers on a postcard... Self-employment is a wonderful choice. For me, happiness in work = working for me. Self employment means we have the chance to be free of the boss, to be responsible for ourselves and how we spend our time and finally be...

Insights Part One: Profit, Margin and Markup?

Insights Part One: Profit, Margin and Markup?

I'm sure you'll have heard someone say "cash is king". Well, the full saying goes "turnover is vanity, profit is sanity, cash is king". What this means, in a nutshell, is that it doesn't matter how much money you turn over in business, if there's no profit then...

New tax year: 5 important changes

New tax year: 5 important changes

Today is the start of a new tax year and yesterday Stephen Paul from Vauled accountancy delivered a training session to MINT members highlighting some of the key changes. The chancellor gave his spring statement on March 23 - setting out changes and potential changes...

NEL Fund Managers Announce Net Zero Changemakers Programme

NEL Fund Managers Announce Net Zero Changemakers Programme

One of MINT Business Club's sponsors, NEL Fund Managers, has announced a new programme that's set to boost the North East's low-carbon agenda. The Net Zero Changemakers programme is designed to identify and support innovative businesses across the North East Local...

Before & After: The MINT Business Hub

Before & After: The MINT Business Hub

Yesterday, we welcomed MINT members to our brand new business hub for the first time. It was exhilarating and emotional. In the excitement, I forgot to bring the projector so I couldn't show our members the progress we'd all made. So here it is. Member and friend,...

Announcing our fresh new MINT hub

Announcing our fresh new MINT hub

We're beyond thrilled to finally announce, officially (like we'd even tried to keep it secret!), that we have moved into a new premises in Consett, creating a Business Hub for the self employed and small business owners in the North East. With many thanks to MINT...

Vision Boards… why visualising your business goals WORKS!

Vision Boards… why visualising your business goals WORKS!

Last month, I hosted MINT Business Club's very first in-person event of 2022... and it was an amazing day where members came together to create Vision Boards - putting their business (and some personal) goals down as a visual reminder. Vision Boards can take a few...

Why “Plan, Do, Reflect” ?

Why “Plan, Do, Reflect” ?

On Saturday (27 November 2021) MINT members and non-members alike came to collect their 2022 planners. The planner is more than 'just a diary' - it's an initiative we call "Plan, Do, Reflect". But what is it we're encouraging our members, and other like-minded self...

MINT Training: Business Development For Service Businesses

MINT Training: Business Development For Service Businesses

"Sales Is An Investment" - Rita Callendar shares with us her 40 years of business experience in her one-hour (and a bit) session all about how you need to INVEST to get sales, but not with money... by investing in yourself, your business and your relationships.I'm...