Such an awful lot of MINT training and pride!

Since the Coronavirus pandemic through us all into lockdown and unknown territories, we have all be getting through it in our own way. As our member Ian McAninly said, “We have all achieved something and used our time differently to suit our needs”.

Wise words from Ian (sitting in the middle of training in our old office. Feels like a lifetime ago).

As we move into the next chapter of our new future and MINT Business Club continues to evolve, I have been reflecting on the way the MINT community has stepped up for one another at this time. Take this list of 30 training sessions that have been delivered since 24th March. Without our community pulling together, MINT may not have survived.

Before lockdown, one of our USPs was that we were a face-to-face training provider, meeting monthly across the North East delivering training topics dictated by what the members needed most.

All of that changed for us on Tuesday 18th March when we cancelled an event scheduled to take place for around 40 people in Teesside.

Our business model hasn’t been tweaked, it has absolutely fundamentally been tipped on its head and completely altered. We are now an online training organisation and for the foreseeable future, that’s what we’ll stay.

What a MINT team effort it has been. All but one of the people listed as having delivered training in the last 10 weeks are MINT Members. They stepped up and in many cases, out of their comfort zones, to focus on something positive for them, the entire community and their brands.

Everyone wins.

Even better, the videos were subtitled by another of our members, Neil Jackson from Media Arts who has been working away making sure our training is truly accessible for all and permanently available for members.

As I write this blog post on the evening of a very sunny Bank Holiday, I am immensely proud of the entire MINT Business Community for their support not just of me, but our business, their businesses and one another at this time.

I can’t wait to see what the future brings us all.

Worth A Revisit (videos from our events and training before lockdown)

Business Planning Webinar – March 2020 with Darren Glanville and Nicola Little

Pricing with Confidence – March 2020 event, with Laura Cook

Using the MINT Website – Explainer with Peter Surridge

The Start of our LOCKDOWN training on 23 March 2020!

  1. 30 Ideas for Social Media – Amy Purdie, Helen Bowman, Louise Heaps and Nicola Jayne Little
  2. To Sell or Not to Sell – Moira Barnes
  3. Zoom for MINT Members – Hannah Wiggins
  4. Content Creation – Helen Bowman
  5. Your brand Story – Louise Heaps
  6. Content Creation (Tweaking it for the Coronavirus) – Michelle Rose
  7. Lets Talk About Money – (different terminology we need to know) Darren Glanville and Nicola Little
  8. Introduction to SEO – Alan Sawyers
  9. Branding – Amy Purdie
  10. Tips for going Live in Lockdown – Mark Orr and Dean Reynolds
  11. Personal Branding – Lucienne Gage
  12. How to sell on Amazon – Liza Johnson
  13. Nic’s birthday styling party with personal stylist – Angela Graham
  14. Taking your business online – Danielle Stanley and Alan Sawyers
  15. Let’s Talk About Money – KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) – Darren Glanville and Nicola Little
  16. Google Ads (part 1) – Steven Kwan
  17. Google Ads (part 2) – Steven Kwan
  18. Improve your Time Management – Marie Stephenson
  19. Introduction to Podcasting – Ashleigh King
  20. Making the best out of Video – Mark Orr
  21. Introduction to CRM systems – Sarah Wilkinson
  22. Happy Brain on Wellbeing Wednesday – Tracey Hutchinson
  23. Mapping out Client Experiences – Laura Fellows
  24. WordPress for beginners – Alan Sawyers
  25. WordPress Advanced – Alan Sawyers
  26. Google My Business – Nic Watson
  27. Wellbeing and your business – Rachel Hunter
  28. Introduction to Instagram Stories – Emma Lamb
  29. Introduction to Mailchimp – Alan Sawyers
  30. Pilates for all levels on Wellbeing Wednesday – Vicky Smith

If you have ever thought about joining MINT Business Club, now is the perfect time to do it. We will be offering three chances per week to meet, learn, network and support one another.

It really is a business community like no other. Visit the website for more details or drop me an email at and I’ll give you a sneaky-peek tour around the website and the members-only FB group so you can absorb the MINT VIBE!

65 things to do RIGHT NOW in your business

65 things to do RIGHT NOW in your business

When COVID-19 starting kicking off, and before we were asked to remain indoors for 3 weeks, the MINT Business Club members helped me list all the activities they were going to do for their businesses whilst everything was effectively put on hold.

I started them off with 20 of my own ideas but they piled on the suggestions and now we have 66! Have a read through the list and let us know which you’ve done, you’re planning to do or other stuff you’re up to.

  1. Delete all the old emails you’ve ignored for months and years
  2. Check all the contacts in your emails are stored properly
  3. Check you responded to all the emails!
  4. Delete all the old documents and photos you no longer need on your phone and laptop/PC.
  5. Order and store everything that you didn’t delete
  6. Back up everything on your PC if you don’t already
  7. Sort out your online storage in the Cloud too
  8. Write a blog
  9. Plan a series of blogs
  10. Plan your social media
  11. Schedule said social media that you have planned
  12. Teach yourself something new – Canva, Video, something for your profession
  13. Check and update your website
  14. Check and update your LinkedIn profile
  15. Set some targets to extend your network on LinkedIn!
  16. Write and send a newsletter to your clients
  17. See how much of your business you can do online
  18. Download and learn how to use Zoom to offer 121’s to clients
  19. Come out of the social media groups that distract you
  20. Stay calm and put out the positive vibes…
  21. Declutter/sort your home office! Louise heaps
  22.  Define your brand voice.
  23. Write your brand story.
  24. Complete online courses you didn’t finish yet.
  25. Declutter your life, clear your mind, get outside for a walk.
  26. Start a simple project with the kids e.g. veg patch or mud kitchen.
  27. Plan your next 6 months and mind map new ideas
  28. Read a book you have been meaning to read
  29. Volunteer to help others in your area
  30. Reflect on your business Hannah Hub
  31. Get your saxophone out, Pip Coley
  32. Revamp your product photography (use the opportunity to play with different props, lighting etc) and give your online shop an overhaul, Claire Edwin
  33. Form online networking groups and connect with clients, build communities – not a replacement for the real thing but will see us through, Tracey Hutchinson and Julia Murray
  34. Make more chickens, Sarah Ball
  35. Investigate alternative social media sites to advertise your product on, Katharine Norris
  36. Find lessons from this extreme situation, find the goodness…be the goodness. Dr Rebecca Williams Dinsdale
  37. Look through LinkedIn connections and have a proper conversation with key people Lara Mellor
  38. Write an online Masterclass
  39. Shred old documents you no longer need
  40. Daily Facebook live videos
  41. Stay connected with your friends, colleagues and neighbours
  42. Have a money diet – essentials only and reward yourself regularly with a nice spa bath, meditation, motivational, Rebecca De’Wessington
  43.  Implement any new systems or procedures you’d been putting off, Joanne Rowland
  44. Mindmap ways to innovate your business and reach out to people for a chat, Paul Short
  45. Take some time to do some market research. It’s not just something to do before you start your business and write your business plan. Check out competitors, Leigh Trimble
  46. Contact old clients and ask for referrals, Karen James
  47. Conduct a Self-review and ask yourself – what has gone well for your business in the last 6 months, which areas are most profitable, which need issues addressing? We often don’t get time to take stock but will need to be super productive when we get back to things so where are the best places to focus our attention? Rebecca McGarvie
  48. Check that your insurance policy includes business interruption for public health closures and infectious diseases, Darren Glanville
  49. Reach out to anyone that struggles with any of those things you’re good at, Gary @ ThinkSmall
  50. Get the sketchbook out and do some planning /designing for future collections, Claire Edwin
  51. Revamp your product photography (play with different props, lighting etc) and give your online shop an overhaul, Claire Edwin
  52. Go into your phone contacts and reconnect with people who you haven’t spoken to in ages. This won’t last forever, so plan future coffee dates, or do online coffee using zoom. Rie Pearson
  53. Find things to automate. Update your contact details and FAQ page on your website, Rachel Locke
  54. Create a database of potential clients, Jenniflower Shields
  55. Create a social media schedule for the year featuring key dates in your industry, Danielle Stanley
  56. Learn how to use WordPress and get your website SEO optimised, Sal Jefford
  57. Block my day and turn off emails and deal with current inbox, Suzanne Whelan
  58. Find time to look up and enjoy the sunshine, Nic Watson
  59. Sorting out photographs and put them into files, Catherine Muir
  60.  Admin! Make sure any paper records you have are up to date and sort and store them. Get rid of any documents you don’t need and take the time to tidy what you do have. Everyone ignores organisation because it can be tedious but it’s so satisfying when it’s done. Gemma Ryan
  61. Follow/unfollow on social media and do a social media audit! Tessa Budd


Get on top of your cash flow, do your accounts early, get your tax return done, make sure you have paid your bills and remind clients to pay theirs.  Darren Glanville, Laura Cook, Michelle Rose, Lorraine Ellison

Let us know how you are now spending your time and what you’ve achieved over the last couple of weeks for your business.

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