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ActionCOACH Scoops Franchisee of the Year at the Irish Franchise Awards 2017

On Friday, May 19th at the Radisson St Helen’s Hotel in Dublin the winners of the Irish Franchise Awards 2017 in association with AIB were announced.

The awards recognise excellence in franchising and reward the outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals in the franchise industry.  230 guests attended the black-tie gala event hosted by Newstalk’s Jonathan Healy

The judging panel for the 2017 Irish Franchise Awards included Newstalk Business Presenter and former Irish Dragon Bobby Kerr; Greg Swift, head of enterprise at Dublin Local Enterprise Office; Michael Bradley, former CEO of the Irish Franchise Association and Elaine O Regan of the Sunday Business Post.  

On the night, Paul Fagan, Director of ActionCOACH Business Coaching, was awarded  Franchisee of the Year (Service) in recognition of the phenomenal results he and his team achieve with Irish businesses across the country through their professional Business & Executive Coaching, and Training services. Client results show year on year business improvements, 2015 to 2016, as follows: Profits up 227%; Sales up 19%; Employment up 27%.

Tom Shanahan (RIGHT)presenting the award for Franchisee of the year Service to Paul Fagan of ActionCOACH (LEFT) (Photographer: Karen Morgan/Lensmen)

Commenting on the win, Director Paul Fagan said:

It’s a great honour to accept this award on behalf of my team and our clients. Irish businesses are operating in an increasingly competitive and demanding market. Our services help both new and well established businesses to stay on top of their game and remain competitive and profitable. We are passionate about what we do, and look forward to helping many more Irish companies achieve phenomenal success”.
Pictured at the Irish Franchise Awards in association with AIB at the Radisson St Helen’s
Hotel was all the winners on stage (Photographer Karen Morgan/Lensmen)

Earlier this year, Paul and his team’s achievements were also recognised when they retained ‘Best Firm in Europe’ for the 3rd year in a row at the EMEA Business Excellence Forum & Awards 2017. Business Coach Rory Smyth also picked up the highly coveted ‘EMEA Business Coach Of The Year’, for a second year in a row.

Coaching, while often associated with sports, is just the right toolkit for competing at the highest level. The undisputed effectiveness of having a coach in sports is proven the world over, and ActionCOACH is matching the results in coaching Irish Businesses. Clients in Ireland experience a €5-10 (500-1000%) return for every €1 invested in coaching with ActionCOACH, some doubling their sales and employees in as little as 3 years. With award-winning results like this, the future is bright for ActionCOACH and the Irish businesses they work with.

Business Excellence Award Winners 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to recognise and celebrate all your achievements both personally and professionally throughout the year.

Last Friday we celebrated the phenomenal successes of our clients at our annual ActionCOACH Business Excellence Awards & Lunch 2016 held in the Gibson Hotel.

These awards honour the outstanding results achieved with our Irish SME and corporate clients. From the nominations received, results show that in 2016 our 1-2-1 Business Coaching clients:

·         Increased Profits by 227%

·         Grew Sales by 19%

·         Created 68 new full time jobs.

All our clients have achieved outstanding great results throughout the year and should be very proud of their accomplishments.

Our finalists and award winners at the ActionCOACH Business Business Excellence Awards 2016 were as follows:

Best Retail Business

The finalists for Best Retail Business 2016 were:

Winner: Haven Hire


Audrey Kilgallon, Haven Hire with her Business Coach Rory Smyth 

Audrey picked up this award in recognition of the strong performance and growth of her business in 2016 after a challenging few years in their industry. Haven Hire are constantly learning & looking for new ways to diversify & be different from their competitors. This year they reinvested in their business, added new fleet, & hired new team which has all contributed towards top class customer service and overall strong business performance.

Best Service Business

The nominations for Best Service Business:

Winner: Little Learners


Nessa McNamara, Little Learners with ActionCOACH MD Paul Fagan and her Business Coach John O’Sullivan

Holding on to her title for the second year in a row, Nessa and her team operate a service that is a leader in Childcare. Their methods have been recognised as the best in the country.  This year Nessa continued to increase her profitability, while also expanding her premises and adding 8 new members to her growing team. There is no doubt that the future is bright for Nessa, her team and all the kids at Little Learners.

Best Hospitality/Tourism Business

The finalists for Best Hospitality/Tourism Business:

 

Winner: Vagabond Tours Ltd.

Rob Rankin, Vagabond with his Business Coach Jeannette Naughton and ActionCOACH MD Paul Fagan

Vagabond Tours are recognised as the original and best small group tour company in the country. Rob and his team had a very successful season, and this year achieved impressive growth in both Sales & Profitability.They have also bought a new office, launched an impressive new website, and are building an amazing team having brought several new team members on board.

Best Manufacturing/Wholesale Business

The finalists for Best Manufacturing/Wholesale Business:

Winner: Creation Station


Eamonn Elders, Creation Station with his Business Coach Rory Smyth and ActionCOACH MD Paul Fagan

Creation Station are a truly unique company. They pride themselves on their ability to create ideas for their clients who want something different, and bring them to life. In the 14 months working with ActionCOACH, Eamonn has grown his business significantly. This year he has also systemised the business and handed over more responsibility to his team leaving him much more time to focus on the important aspects of running the business. Impressively, Eamonn is also now taking 2 half days off per week and is fully confident that he can do this while continuing to grow the business.

Best Community Impact – Job Creation

The nominations for Best Community Impact:

Winner: SL Controls

Keith & the team at SL Controls created an impressive 14 new jobs in 2016. With offices in 4 different regions in Ireland, SL Controls have made a positive impact on these regions by providing numerous jobs to the local economy both directly and indirectly. They already plan to employ another 50 employees in 2017/18 across all 4 regions.

SL Controls recognise that any success they enjoy is as a direct result of the team of people they work with and as such work hard to encourage, reward and develop their team with excellent incentives and training opportunities.

 Best Company Culture – Team & Leadership

 The nominations for Best Company Culture:


Winner: Portumna Retirement Village


Tony Williams and Peter Freerick, Portumna Retirement Village with their Business Coach Marina Bleahen

Team work is the essence of nursing care and Portumna Retirement Village received this prestigious award in acknowledgement of their strong culture and the fantastic service the entire team of 84, both management and nursing care team provide to the community.   Following a very clear programme to implement a strong management structure and Cultural Change, Portumna Retirement Village now thrives on teamwork and are focused on their commitment to excellent service and a bright future at Portumna Retirement Village.

Client of the Year 2016

Winner: Kevin Egan Cars

Kevin Egan, Kevin Egan Cars with his Business Coach Jeannette Naughton

Kevin Egan is a true entrepreneur, and is widely recognised for being a leader in the Irish Motor Industry. He picked up this award in recognition of the strong performance of his business across all categories. His business, Kevin Egan Cars has achieved significant growth in 2016,  won numerous awards including the SIMI Irish Car dealer of the year award for the 2nd time, and after-sales award for best workshop in Connaught.  They also recruited 10 new staff members to double their work force and create a winning team with a strong identity and vibrant company culture.

Heading into 2016 we are determined to maintain this standard of performance and to help all our clients grow faster than both the market and their competitors.

If you would like to achieve similar results to our clients in 2017 join us at our 2017 Business Planning Workshop Tuesday 10th January 2016 in the Hilton Dublin Airport Hotel. Click here to register your place today.

To view the full album of photos from our ActionCOACH Business Excellence Awards & Christmas Lunch please click here.

 

Irish SME’S Hold Their Own At EMEA Business Excellence Awards

Last week 30 Irish delegates joined over 750 SME Business Owners from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa at the EMEA Business Excellence Forum & Awards in Celtic Manor Resort, Wales. And what an amazing few days of business learning’s, coaching, fun and success we had!

We here in Business Coaching Ireland are delighted to share our good news with you having picked up not one, but two highly coveted awards. We retained the Top ActionCOACH EMEA Firm Of The Year / Team Builder Award for a second year in a row, and we were also thrilled to see our colleague Rory Smyth being honoured with EMEA Employee Coach of the Year.

Firm Of The Year 2016(a few of the Business Coaching Ireland team picking up our award)

Both awards honour the outstanding results achieved with our Irish SME and corporate clients. Client results show year on year business improvements, 2014 to 2015, as follows: Profits up 153%; Sales up 34%; Employees grew by 27%.

Commenting on the win, Managing Director Paul Fagan said:

It’s a great honour to accept this award on behalf of my team and our clients. We love what we do, and look forward to helping many more Irish companies achieve their successes”.

 

Irish SME’s were well represented on awards night, proving once again that we punch well above our weight on the global stage. Congratulations to all our finalists on the night:

DentalTechDentaltech – Finalists in the following category:
  • Best Manufacturer / Wholesaler
Southwest-WalksIreland Walk Hike Bike – Finalists in the following category:
  • Female Entrepreneur of the Year
Keystone InsuranceKeystone Insurance – Finalists in the following categories:
  • Best Company Culture
  • Best Import / Export
  • Best E-Commerce
KevinEganCarsKevin Egan Cars – Finalist in the following category:
  • Best Retailer Of The Year

So how do you become an Award Winning Business?

The answer is simple really – plenty of focus is required to achieve big results in your business and big results on stage. Here are some top tips to help you achieve the award winning results in business :

  • Follow a Strategic Plan outlining your businesses Purpose, Values, Goals and Envisioned Future. This allows you to identify and put in place the correct management structures to bring the company forward.
  • Make time to work ON your business rather than IN your business. Taking time out to regularly plan will keep you on track with targets, and allow you to focus on key areas to develop in the business.
  • Communication with your team is vital to ensure everyone on the team has the same vision for where the company is going and how it is going to get there.
  • Always be learning! Make time for education and training for your team. As your business is growing and evolving your team should be to.
  • Have Systems in place for all areas of the business so your business an run efficiently and effectively without you! An example of such a system would be a Sales Pipeline with specific targets, sales process, scripts, KPI’s and incentives. This will help focus the business on achieving better results.
  • Finally – make sure to enter your local and national Business Awards – if you’re not in, you can’t win!

Best of luck growing your business and achieving brilliant results, we hope to see you on an award stage soon!

P.S: Our next workshop coming up on Friday 13th May is on Time Management. Please click below for more details….

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Business Award Winners 2015

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As 2015 draws to a close, it’s time to reflect and recognise some incredible achievements over the year by our community of Irish SME’s.

This year we at Business Coaching Ireland have provided training programmes to over 100 businesses, and have worked with 54 amazing businesses on a One-to-One basis. The combined turnover for these businesses is approaching a whopping €100M, employing nearly 800 people. Our top performing clients have grown their sales on average 34% in 2015. Even more importantly, profits have increased on average by 153% and 80 new jobs have been created over the year. These phenomenal results certainly validate the fact that SME’s, and you as a Business Owner or Manager, are the backbone of our Irish economy.

All our clients have achieved outstanding great results throughout the year and should be very proud of their accomplishments. The high standard clearly reflects the hard work and commitment put in by our clients and their coaches over the year. At our annual Christmas Lunch & Awards Ceremony, which took place on Friday in the Gibson Hotel, we presented the following awards:

Best Retail Business

The nominations for Best Retail Business:

Christmas Awards 2015 Best Retail Business Nominations

Winner: Kevin Egan Car Sales

Kevin Egan Car Best Retail Business 2015

Having worked with us for just over 12 months, Kevin is one of our most driven clients. He is dedicated to constantly working on his business and has grown his numbers by multiples in terms of funding, sales and profits. He has also grown from a team of three to twelve. He has powerful vision for himself and the business and never takes no for an answer.

Best Service Business

The nominations for Best Service Business:

ActionCOACH Christmas Awards & Lunch 2015 Best Service Business Nominations

Winner: Little Learners

Little Learners Winner of Best Service Business 2015

Little Learners has gone from strength to strength over the last 3 years. The growth Nessa and her team have achieved can only be described as phenomenal. The most important element for Nessa as business owner has been to preserve the spirit and ethos of her business in the course of her growth which she has most certainly done. She has increased sales and profits over the year, opened a 2nd premises and now employs over 20 people.

Best Hospitality/Tourism Business

The nominations for Best Hospitality/Tourism Business:

ActionCOACH Business Coaching Ireland Christmas awards 2015 Best tourism business nominations

Winner: Carr Golf Group

Carr Golf

Carr Golf have been working with us for the past 2 years. Marty Carr has built a really strong management team and has an ambitious 10 year Vision for the business. Ed and Susan have grown the business significantly this year, exceeding all expectations and plans for the year. They have also recently moved into a new state of the art office.

Best Manufacturing/Wholesale Business

The nominations for Best Manufacturing/Wholesale Business:

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Winner: General Lighting

General Lighting

Having worked with us for over 2 years Nicholas Moran and his team have steered the business to an impressive growth trajectory and are setting the bar for sales per employee.

Best New Client

The nominations for Best New Client:

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Winner: Carlow Dental Centre

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Balazs and the team have only been working with us for the past 6 months. Balazs is steadily building a business that can work without him so he can focus more on innovation and shake up the Dental Industry even further. 2016 is set to be an exciting year!

 Job Creation

The nominations for Job Creation:

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Winner: McBreen Environmental

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Damien McBreen has been working with Business Coaching Ireland for the past 3 years and has shown his unwavering belief in his business by investing heavily in plant & machinery and most importantly new jobs. He has grown his team of 60 to a point where his is now poised for the next phase of phenomenal growth in McBreen Environmental. More investment and more job creation is part of a longer strategic plan for Damien to dominate his sector.

Business Mastery Award

The nominations for Business Mastery Award:

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Winner: Thorntons Chartered Surveyors

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Thorntons Chartered Surveyors have worked with us for just over a year. Larry, Darren, Tony & Patrick have been very disciplined and diligent in applying the ActionCOACH systems into their business to get it performing better, while also increasing sales and profits. With a strong foundation at mastery level we expect them to continue on their exciting growth path in 2016.

One To Watch

The nominations for One To Watch / Innovation:

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Winner: Keystone Insurance

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Anthony Woods has worked with us for the past 3 years and is a perfect example of ‘Learn before you earn’. His commitment and sheer drive to be the ‘Best of the Best’ in whatever he does certainly shows in the success he has achieved in Keystone over the past few years. He is at the point of launching a brand new project in 2016. We have no doubt that it will be an exciting and successful year ahead for Anthony and his team. Definitely one to watch!

Heading into 2016 we are determined to maintain this standard of performance and to help all our clients grow faster than both the market and their competitors.

If you would like to achieve similar results to our clients in 2016 join us at our Business Planning Workshop Thursday 14th January 2016 in the Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport. Click here to register your place today.

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Why Winning Matters

As we are in the final quarter of 2015 and the award season has just begun, now is the perfect opportunity for your business to stand out from competitors and gain the recognition you deserve for your outstanding results.

Becoming an Award Winning Business comes with big rewards:

Ego booster

It’s always nice to receive praise for doing something well.

Exposure

Winning gives you a reason to reach out to the press and social media and share your success story. In addition, the event itself provides a great opportunity to network with other business owners and with local or national press.

Increased Sales

Promoting your success through the right channels will naturally bring new leads to your door as they hear you are the best at what you do.

Team Motivation

Such accolades help to keep you and your entire team motivated.

Recruitment

You will attract the right kind of team into your business – the best want to work for the best!

Customer Service

Finally, if you set yourself and your team a goal to win a business award the level of service in your business will improve.  If you win you will strive to maintain your great standards.

We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate some of our clients who have already been successful on the awards front this year.

Winner of Best Traditional Pub of the Year: National Hospitality Awards 2015

Damien Joyce – Lowrys Bar

Lowrys Bar Award

Winner of Paint Distributor of the Year: Irish Auto Trade Awards 2015

John O’Hanlon – National Autoparts

National Autoparts Award

Winner Best Customer Service: Carlow Business Awards 2015

Balazs Stumpf-Biro – Carlow Dental Centre

Carlow Dental Centre Award

Well done again and we hope you reap the awards of your recent success. Best of luck to all the other business owners who are waiting on awards yet to be announced. We hope to see you on the award stage soon and would love to hear your success story.

If you would like some help achieving award winning results please get in contact with us or complete our short expression of interest form as we would be happy to help you and your business to future success.

 

 

 

How To Get Award Winning Results In Business

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Congratulations to all the finalists in the SFA Awards 2015. It is a great         acknowledgment of all your hard work and a fantastic opportunity to celebrate your achievements as a Small Business in Ireland and to recognise the vital contribution of the Small Business sector to the Irish economy.

Check out these fabulous results from our clients and programme participants:

ClevaMama, Co.Dublin

Finalists in the following categories:

  • Innovator of the year (up to 50 employees)
  • Small Business Exporter of the year (up to 50 employees)

Awards:

  • Overall National Small Business of the year 2015
  • Innovator of the year 2015ClevaMama Overall National Small Business of the year 2015
Clubstohire, Co.Dublin

Finalists in the following categories:

  • Innovator of the year (up to 50 employees)
  • Small Business Exporter of the year (up to 50 employees)

Awards:

  • Highly Commended in Small business exporter of the year
Eight Degrees Brewing, Co.Cork

Finalists in the following categories:

  • Manufacturing Category (up to 50 employees)
  • Food & Drink Category (up to 50 employees)

Awards

  • Highly commended in the Food and Drink Category. Eight Degrees Brewing, Highly commended in the Food and Drink Category.
Kevin Egan Cars

Finalist in the following Category:

  • Outstanding Small Business (up to five employees)

So how do you become an Award Winning Business like these companies?

The answer is simple really – you need plenty of focus which in turn leads to results in your business. Here are some top tips to help you achieve the award winning results in business :

  • Have a Strategic Plan which outlines your businesses Purpose, Values, Goals and Envisioned Future. This allows you to identify and put in place the correct management structure to bring the company forward.
  • Make sure you allow time to work ON your business rather than IN your business, focusing on key areas to develop in such as innovation, strategic alliances and planning.
  • Communication with your team is vital to ensure everyone on the team has the same vision for where the company is going and how it is going to get there.
  • Always be learning and make time for education and training for your team. As your business is growing and evolving your team should be to.
  • Have Systems in place for all areas of the business.  This ensure your business an run efficiently and effectively without you! An example of such a system would be a Sales Pipeline with specific targets, sales process, scripts, KPI’s and incentives.This will help the focus in the business and will achieve better results.

Best of luck growing your business and achieving brilliant results, we hope to see you on an award stage soon!

How To Become An Award Winning Business

As we move into the final quarter of 2014, awards season begins. But have you ever wondered how other businesses in your industry become ‘Award Winning’ companies and what you should do to become one? The answer is simple – focus & results. Results breed Results!

The rewards for becoming an ‘Award Winning’ Business are big;

  1. Ego booster: It’s always nice to receive praise for doing something well.
  2. Exposure: Winning gives you a reason to reach out to the press and social media and share your success story. In addition, the event itself provides a great opportunity to network with other business owners and with local or national press.
  3. Increased Sales: Promoting your success through the right channels will naturally bring new leads to your door as they hear you are the best at what you do.
  4. Team Motivation: Such accolades help to keep you and your entire team motivated.
  5. Recruitment: You will attract the right kind of team into your business – the best want to work for the best!
  6. Customer Service:  Finally, if you set yourself and your team a goal to win a business award the level of service in your business will improve.  If you win you will strive to maintain your great standards.

So, how do you become an ‘Award Winning’ business?

One of our clients Rhyno Mills, an agri-business based in Castleisland, Co. Kerry recently won Best Retailer at the ActionCOACH Business Excellence Forum 2014 which took place in Brighton, England. These awards honour the achievements of business owners and their companies, not just in Ireland or Europe, but from around the world. Rhyno Mills was one of six finalists from around the globe in this category, and was declared as the overall winner.

So what did Rhyno Mills do to stand out from their competition?

Rhyno Mills began working with ActionCOACH Business Coach, Helen Burns, just over 18 months ago. The owners of this family-run business knew their business had massive development potential but they also knew that in order to grow the business they needed to have proper management structure in place. To facilitate that process they contacted us.

In preparation for the anticipated growth phase, ActionCOACH began working with Rhyno Mills on all of the following areas of their business:

Management

Firstly business owners Paudie and Joe set to work with Helen on developing a strategic plan for the business which defined Rhyno Mills Purpose, Values, Goals and Envisioned Future.

Having a clear vision for the company allowed the owners to identify and put in place the correct management structure to bring the company forward.

Through the employment of a new management accountant and the promotion of a supervisor to production manager the two owners, Paudie and Joe can now focus on GROWING the business rather than working IN it. Key areas of focus include innovation, strategic alliances and planning.

The team are now lead, empowered and supported by management and are also encouraged to work far more independently.

Team

Communication has been enhanced through devising the companies – Purpose, Goals and Envisioned Future, and sharing these with team members. During a team alignment day with ActionCOACH, the team were actually involved in devising Rhyno’s company values.

Each team member also completed a DISC Profile. This allows both a team member themselves and Management better understand of each team member’s core strengths and potential.

Communication has been improved through regular meetings & training. Regular training seminars are held for the sales team including training from an industry-specialised nutritionist.

During the process, four team members left Rhyno. There are seven new employees and several staff members have been promoted or changed roles to better avail of their strengths and potential.

Systems

1. The ActionCOACH Four Hour Recruitment system has been implemented, ensuring new team members are the right fit for the company.

2. An induction program has been introduced for new team members.

3. A new sales system with specific targets, KPI’s and incentives has been implemented.

4. New management accountant and accounting & CRM system has been introduced to ensure all KPI’s are delivered quickly, accurately and regularly.

5. The sales team now each have an IPad so they have access to all relevant real time information.

The Results

The results that came from working on all of the above areas have been simply massive for Rhyno Mills and helped to earn them the title of Best Retailer 2014, beating stiff competition from around the globe. From implementing all of the above, Rhyno Mills have achieved:

  • 44% Increase in Sales.
  • Introduced new plant and systems which has doubled production output and enhanced the quality of their feeds.
  • Introduced new product ranges customised to individual farmers specific requirements.
  • Increased transport availability to improve on the speed and quality of their delivery service.
  • New specialised staff employed to deal with the current and projected increases in production and sales.
  • Increased focus on driving all aspects of the business.

On winning this prestigious award, the present Managing Director, Paudie O’Connor, said:

All our employees are highly trained people, whose dedication, integrity and ability we value immensely and we are committed to working with the farming community to provide the feeding and nutritional solutions that they require.

This along with other positive changes in Rhyno Mills have been aided by our business coach Helen Burns. We firmly believe that the potential for the company is enormous and we have only just begun to realise that potential.’

So, the question now is what have you implemented in your business to achieve massive results and which Award will you enter first?

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