Celebrating Irish Business Excellence 2017

Celebrating Irish Business Excellence 2017

2017 has been a great year for Irish Businesses. Growth and success were very much the themes amongst the businesses who gathered to celebrate their achievements at the annual ActionCOACH Business Excellence Awards, on December 1st at The Gibson Hotel. Sectors including retail, property, manufacturing, service, hospitality and tourism were represented by companies in attendance.

The Irish economy is on the verge of a boom with growth of 7% in the last quarter and double digit growth predicted for 2018. If that is the measure of success then ActionCOACH clients are well ahead of the wider economy with an average of 66% increase in profitability, 19% increase in sales and a total of 56 new jobs created in 2017 alone.
With such a high performing group of companies, the winners of each award category reflected exceptional results.

Best Retail Business Award Winner:

Kevin Egan Car Sales, Sligo

In receiving the award Kevin dedicated it to his team that has undergone rapid growth in the last three years. In 2017 the Sligo based car sales company has been awarded a Peugeot dealership, and developed a best in class online showroom with 100% of their inventory available to view in a 360 degree preview.

Kevin Egan Car Sales Award Winner

Best B2B Service Business Winner:

DHKN Financial Services

DHKN Director Padraig Kelly described their phenomenal growth as being the result of working with their ActionCOACH Business Coach, John O’Sullivan to put systems in place that allow them to service their clients to the highest standards, whilst also achieving efficiencies to increase profitability.

ActionCOACH Award Winner Padraig Kelly of DHKN Financial Services.

Best B2C Service Business Winner:

Little Learners Montessori & Pre School

Nessa McNamara, owner of Little Learners Montessori & Pre-School paid tribute to her team who she described as being the best in the business and credited them for the huge year-on-year growth.

ActionCOACH Business Excellence Award Winnes Little Learners Montessori & Pre-School

Best Property Service Business Winner:

DNG Michael Boland

Michael Boland thanked his business coach, Eddie Walsh for helping to give him the confidence to take his business in the direction he wants it to go in, and for helping him to systemise the business which amongst other benefits has allowed him more time to spend with his family.

ActionCOACH Business Excellence Award Winner DNG Michael Boland

Best Tourism / Hospitality Award Winner:

Vagabond Tours of Ireland

Vagabond owners Rob and Amy Rankin thanked their business coach, Jeanette Naughton who they described as an external advisor who has become part of their family in the five years they have been working with ActionCOACH. In an emotional acceptance speech they described her as always capable of posing a question to help them reach that next level in business, and as having impacted every element of their hugely successful business.

ActionCOACH Business Excellence Award Winner Vagabond Irish Tours

Best Wholesale Distribution Award Winner:

MK Plant & Machinery Sales

MK Plant & Machinery Sales have grown their business exponentially. In receiving their award Ian Munnelly and Ronan Kielty described how their business turned around as a result of their hard work and commitment under the guidance of their ActionCOACH Business Coach, Eddie Walsh. They credit this growth to applying a more strategic approach to their business planning and improving the actual structure of the business itself.

ActionCOACH Business Excellence Award Winner MK Plant & Machinery Sales.


Best Community Impact – Job Creation Award Winner:

Kevin Egan Car Sales, Sligo

On presenting the award to Kevin Egan, ActionCOACH’s Jeannette Naughton described how Kevin is not only hiring staff but he has built a community who work hard together whilst having fun in pursuit of a common goal. Kevin accepted his second award of the night sharing how proud he is to be creating jobs for his local community, and that even though his team has been growing rapidly nobody has left the organisation, which he believes is a reflection of the engaged culture and positive working environment within the company.

ActionCOACH Business Excellence Award Winner Kevin Egan Car Sales

Best Company Culture Team & Leadership Award Winner:

Thornton’s Chartered Surveyors

Darren Brennan director of Thornton’s Chartered Surveyors said that this award meant a lot to the business, describing how a growing team and management have worked together to growing the business to a point where they are creating jobs and operating at maximum capacity.

ActionCOACH Business Excellence Award Winner Thornton's Chartered Surveyors


Best New Client Award Winner:

Baggot Street Wines

Accepting the award on behalf of Baggot Street Wines who couldn’t attend due to being at peak season, their business coach Rory Smyth described how they have grown both their sales and margins by maintaining a committed focus on their numbers.

2018 Opportunities

ActionCOACH Ireland MD Paul Fagan closed the event by congratulating all businesses in attendance on their huge achievements throughout 2017. With lots of talk in the media of challenges in 2018 due to Brexit, skills shortages and the new General Data Protection Regulation’s (GDPR), Paul reminded everyone to focus on the opportunities that are ahead of us in 2018.

If you want to share in the success of these winning businesses and see what business coaching can do for your business, register below for a complimentary coaching session:


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Catherine Fulvio On Running A Fast Growing Business

Catherine Fulvio On Running A Fast Growing Business

Success Story : Catherine Fulvio

In our latest client ‘Success Story’ TV chef, author and proprietor of Ballyknocken House & Cookery School, Catherine Fulvio shares advice on how to keep up with a fast growing business.


Ironically it was when her business started to grow fast that she was most challenged as a business owner.

“With my business growing so fast I was finding it hard to keep up.”

Catherine describes the challenges that came with such fast growth. 

“I was in the business all the time and found it all consuming.”

Watch Catherine’s  ‘Success Story’ to hear what she changed in order to successfully manage her business through a sustained period of rapid growth.