Such an awful lot of MINT training and pride!

by | May 25, 2020

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!