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MINT Member WL Distillery makes history at London museum

MINT Member WL Distillery makes history at London museum

Hand sanitiser, produced by an award-winning County Durham based distillery, which switched production from gin to hand sanitiser at the height of the pandemic, has been acquired by the Science Museum Group for its COVID-19 Collecting Project. The hand sanitiser will...

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...

Growing A Business… On Your Own Terms!

Growing A Business… On Your Own Terms!

What are the rules to running your own business? In short, there are none! MINT member Keely Pearce shares her story. For those of you who might not know me, I’m Keely and I’m a paper cutting artist. I wear all the hats at kppapercuts, which I started about four years...

Wholesale Selling for Makers

Wholesale Selling for Makers

Have you dreamed of getting your product on the shelves of your local stores? It can be simpler than you think, as MINT member Liza Johnson explains... As a producer and a retailer, I have seen both sides of this transition and wanted to offer my observations and...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Laura Forsyth

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Laura Forsyth

Reflections on my Business Consultancy in a year of lockdown craziness. Oh, my goodness, what an important and very interesting thing to do - to reflect over the past locked down year. Literally, a few days before lockdown #1 in 2020, I had a fab proactive business...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Dr Rebecca

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Dr Rebecca

Life in lockdown - is it possible to be joyous? That is quite a question isn’t it? Gosh! Have you had much joy in the last year? I bet you’ve had some disappointment, sorrow, frustration, restriction and maybe even depression. I really hope that you’ve not been...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Sarah Johnson

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Sarah Johnson

I still can’t believe we are a year on after watching the televised briefing to the nation to stay at home. I remember breaking down in tears to my husband with shock. What did it mean? How was it going to affect us, our friends and family, our jobs, the life we knew?...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Samantha Hunter

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Samantha Hunter

Grab a cuppa... ...and enjoy 10 minutes reading my newest blog post, 'the last year' round up! We're all living and coping (just about!) through this crazy time of a global pandemic and all of the changes it brings with it. I have taken so much from this year, it will...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Lisa Cryer

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Lisa Cryer

On the MINT Business Club social media channels, we were asked to come up with one word to describe the difference in our business compared to 12 months ago. My word was ‘existing’. BlueJay Body, Mind & Soul came about thanks to the pandemic. I left teaching over...