Business Award Winners 2015


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:

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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:

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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:

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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


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


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


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


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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Plan For Success In 2016

Plan For Success in 2016

With the Christmas break just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the New Year ahead! What goals are you setting for yourself and your business in 2016, and how do you plan on achieving these goals?

You may set out personal goals like wanting to go on your dream holiday, buy a new car, get fit and healthy or have more free time off to spend with family and friends.

Similarly, in business we all want to do better. You may set goals for 2016 in relation to higher sales targets, increased profits, improved efficiencies, or for example moving to a new larger premises. Do you have a plan in place to help you achieve these goals?

A dream/goal without a plan is just a wish. Having lots of great ideas and goals, but no clearly defined and written plan to make the most important ones happen is detrimental. Make sure you take some time out of the office in the new year to develop your plan.

Here are some tips to help you plan for success in 2016:

Evaluate your 2015 plan


Review your success over the last year and identify the challenges you encountered.

Take a look at what really worked and what perhaps didn’t work so well to help avoid making the same mistakes in 2016.

Set your 2016 goals


Set your annual and quarterly goals for the year ahead. Make your goals S.M.A.R.T – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely.

Execute your plan


Identify the strategies you need to employ to achieve these goals. Select the team members most suitable to take ownership for particular project goals. Remember if you try to achieve too many goals at once, you divide your focus, and the quality and effort will be reduced.

Review, Plan & Repeat


Throughout the year try to get into the habit of regularly reviewing and planning e.g. Quarterly Business Planning. This will help you to adapt your plan when necessary to achieve the overall goal. Include your team in the planning process as it will help ensure everyone in the business is working towards your common goal, and each individual knows their role in achieving this goal.

Once you have a plan in place you will have control of your business and direction it is going. This is when your business will really take off!

So let’s get planning for 2016. What big goals have you set to make 2016 your most successful yet?

Join us on Thursday 14th January, at our 2016 Business Planning Workshop, when we will help you develop your winning plan for 2016. Click here to avail of our early bird special offer.

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Top 5 Business Survival Tips For Christmas

5 Top Business Survival Tips For Christmas

It’s the 1st of December and the festive season is officially upon us. This time of year can be especially hectic leading up to Christmas and the New Year for many businesses. With a bit of forward planning you can make sure your business gets through the festive season unscathed and is ready to hit the ground running in 2016.

Here are a few survival tips to make sure this is both an enjoyable and prosperous time for you and your business.

Top 5 Business Survival Tips For Christmas


1. Manage Cashflow

Keep track of your business cashflow cycle – factor in expenses such as holiday pay, Christmas parties and client entertainment and try to put off any expenses that can wait until the New Year. Chase your outstanding debtors for the year and make sure all jobs and projects are completed and invoiced before Christmas.

2. Monitor Stock

If you’re a retail business or any product-based business trading over the holiday season, then you need to check that your stock levels are adequate to cover you. There is nothing worse than running low on items that are high in demand or having to source merchandise over the holiday period.

 3. Check Equipment

Make sure all your equipment maintenance is up-to-date in advance to minimise the chance of breakdowns while you’re away (and avoid you having to rush back to the office ahead of time). You also need an IT contingency plan with a tech guru on hand just in case there are any issues with your hardware or software.

 4. Plan for Some R&R

If you want to take time off over the Christmas period but business needs to keep running, make sure you take time to speak to your team so that you can feel confident it will be business as usual in your absence. Delegate daily operational tasks to key staff that you know you can rely on. 

5. Keep Everything Spick and Span

As the saying goes – tidy desk tidy mind – so before your business closes for Christmas make sure everything is spotless to survive you not being there and make it a great place to return to in the New Year!

Finally, remember to keep customers and staff engaged in the countdown to Christmas by promoting a festive environment in your business. You’ll find that most people will appreciate a bit of Christmas cheer when trying to survive the silly season!