#SageOne star: Jo Lennon (Mellie Green Organic Babywear)

4 years ago

Jo Lennon (Founder of Mellie Green Organic Babywear)Instead of us just telling you how good we are, we asked Jo Lennon to tell us why she likes using our cloud-based Sage One Accounting software.

1. Hi Jo, can you please give me a brief summary of who you are, the name of your business and what you do?

I’m Jo Lennon, ex-Sage employee and now Mellie Green Organic Babywear founder.

I think most mums-to-be dream of being able to start their own business and spend more time with their children. Normally time, money and reality put a quick end to those thoughts but the more I researched my business idea and read about the benefits of organic cotton on babies’ skin the more determined I became to make things work.

So, in those sleep-deprived first months of having a new baby around, my business Mellie Green was born!

In a nutshell, Mellie Green is a business dedicated to sourcing the best in organic baby clothing, skincare and toys for the most precious and delicate little ones in our lives.

Screenshot of Mellie Green Organic Babywear website
But choosing organic is so much more than choosing beautifully soft clothes. The cotton industry is massive and our hunger for cotton is growing substantially year on year, this is leading to an increase in the use of GM seeds, water, pesticides and fertilisers which all have a huge impact on our environment, the cotton workers and the cotton farmers – consider the terrifying statistic that up to 77 million cotton workers suffer poisoning due to the toxic chemicals used in cotton farming, and it all starts to come into perspective.

Some of these toxic chemicals could still be found in the cotton once it has been made into clothing, and can lead to rashes, allergies and respiratory problems.

Organic cotton uses none of these synthetic chemicals, instead focusing on the sustainable management of crops, use of non-GM seeds and effective irrigation and water management; protecting the environment, the workers and producing beautifully soft cotton clothing.

2. How many people are in your business?

At the moment I’m the only employee at Mellie Green but that doesn’t mean I don’t call upon an army of family and friends who help out when I need an extra pair of hands.

3. How long have you been using Sage One? How were you managing your finances beforehand? Why did you change?

I started using the Sage One Accounting software before I even started trading, using the handy Online Help Centre to learn about how to set up and manage my finances so I started off on the right track.

4. What do you like best about Sage One?

I love how easy easy Sage One is. It walks you through getting started step-by-step so you get up and running in no time. And if you do need a little more help you’ve got the reassurance of knowing that you can give the Sage One Support Team a quick call or send them an email anytime – 24hrs a day, 7 days a week!

5. What devices do you use to manage Sage One? Do you use the Sage One mobile app?

I use a Mac so having Sage One online is perfect for me. I also use the free Sage One mobile app for adding customer details, invoices and supplier payments as I go, and if I need to see more information I can login to my accounts on my mobile or iPad too.

6. What advice would you give to someone starting out in business / following in your footsteps?

Don’t fear failure as some of the best products and businesses in the world failed before they succeeded! Just make sure you step back, review and learn before you start again.