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%.
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”.
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.
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:
It’s always nice to receive praise for doing something well.
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.
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.
Such accolades help to keep you and your entire team motivated.
You will attract the right kind of team into your business – the best want to work for the best!
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
Winner of Paint Distributor of the Year: Irish Auto Trade Awards 2015
John O’Hanlon – National Autoparts
Winner Best Customer Service: Carlow Business Awards 2015
Balazs Stumpf-Biro – Carlow Dental Centre
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.
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;
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 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?