Welcome to Vintonville – a personal blog which has accompanied me through the ups and downs of business life.

My name is Andrew Vinton and I’m a former McDonalds worker, husband, father and owner of five start-ups, a growing property portfolio and Vinton’s Café – where ex-convicts and the mentally ill are employed.

I’ve been pretty lucky in the world of business, but like all businessmen, I’ve had my ups and downs which, of course, at the time seemed like the end of the road but with hindsight, they’ve made me who I am today.

Vintonville was created many years ago after I started offering business advice to friends and family. I wanted a place where I put all my advice, experiences and tips into one place and from there it became a nice escape and I found myself blogging more and more.

I’m not your typical businessman, I left college and started working at my local McDonalds at the age of 16, I was quickly promoted and became the youngest manager in history. My family were always there to push me to try my hardest but with a successful older brother who was my father’s pride and joy, I guess I rebelled. At the age of 20, I realised that this wasn’t the path for me, and although I had wasted many years, my fate was about to change.

I launched my first business at the age of 22 and after a bumpy road it was a success. I stayed living with my parents for a number of years and saved all of my money until I was able to invest in property. I bought a city centre flat and started my second start-up, and as they say…the rest is history.

This really was the beginning of the small empire I have created for myself, and at the age of 32, I feel like I have really overcome a lot and knocked down some barriers.

I want my readers to know that you don’t need a degree to be successful and you don’t need to commit to a job you don’t love. All you need is determination, passion and lots of hard work.

I hope this blog gives those who are trying to pursue their dream, need a bit of confidence or motivation the boost they need!

I have learnt so much in my 12 years of business and I honestly believe I will never stop learning. Every day is a learning curve and I want to share my experience with Vintonville readers.

I’d love to hear your business concerns, experiences and advice so please take a good look at Vintonville, some articles will be helpful to you, others not so much, but business is so diverse I wanted to explore every avenue.

I hope you enjoy Vintonville, if you have any questions or want to get in touch, please don’t hesitate.