4 In A Row For ActionCOACH Ireland

4 In A Row For ActionCOACH Ireland


ActionCOACH Ireland’s winning streak at the European Coach Conference continued this year in Liverpool with a double win. This marks our fourth consecutive year of taking top honours at the annual gathering of business coaches from across the EMEA region.

John O’Sullivan was presented with the prestigious EMEA Employee Coach of the Year 2018 beating off competition from over 200 business coaching practices across the EMEA region.
John  was both surprised and honoured to be recognised as the best performing employee business coach in Europe

”I’m delighted, I want to thank our MD Paul Fagan whose leadership has brought me through seven years of business coaching to winning this honour.”

As a business coach, John is more used to congratulating his clients on their achievements. Most recently Little Learners Pre-School & Montessori received double accreditation at the Business All Stars Awards for innovation and team. John was quick to pay tribute to those who he credits with helping him to win his EMEA Employee Coach of The Year Award,

“This is really an award for the team and my colleagues back in Dublin not to mention my clients without whom I wouldn’t be receiving this award.”

ActionCOACH MD Paul Fagan Team Builder Award Pic

Our Managing Director, Paul Fagan picked up the EMEA Team Builder of the Year 2018 award in recognition of the achievements and continued growth of the ActionCOACH Ireland team.  On accepting his award Paul paid tribute to the award winning team that he has built into Ireland’s #1 business coaching organisation.

“This is a team award so I couldn’t achieve any of things to earn this award without my team back home in Ireland, our coaching team, the franchisee team so thanks to all the guys and girls who have helped us get to here today. “

Paul also acknowledged how proud he is to be building better businesses in Ireland using the ActionCOACH system 18 years now.

“Thanks Brad for the system, we have been rocking and rolling in Ireland now for 18 years using the ActionCOACH system and it’s been the most fantastic and rewarding journey. To have won this award for the 4th year really means a lot.”

At ActionCOACH Ireland we can guarantee outstanding results with growth in sales, profits & overall business performance. We do this by bringing an award winning team of business coaches together with clients who want to take their businesses to the next level.  Below is a reminder of some of our other recent awards:


  • ActionCOACH EMEA Employee Coach of the Year 2018 (John O’Sullivan)
  • ActionCOACH EMEA Team Builder of the Year 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • ActionCOACH Global Awards Employee Coach of the Year 2017 (Rory Smyth)
  • Irish Franchise Awards Franchisee of the Year (Service) 2017
  • ActionCOACH EMEA Coach of the Year 2016 (Rory Smyth)
  • ActionCOACH EMEA Firm of the Year 2015
Business All Stars 2018 Highlights

Business All Stars 2018 Highlights

On Thursday 19th April the leading minds in Irish business converged at Croke Park for the All Ireland Business Summit.  A key part of the day was the 4th Annual  Business All Stars Awards.  Divided into 21 categories, ranging from New Business to Innovative Business, the line up reflected the diverse stages of development and vertical specialisation of Irish companies in the last 12 months.

At ActionCOACH we were proud to support this annual celebration of business as sponsors, exhibitors  and speakers. It was a pleasure to Sponsor the Business All Stars – Medium category as well as to have our team present in the exhibition hall to meet with business owners and managers. It was great to see many familiar faces receiving accreditation and awards.

ActionCOACH Ireland Managing Director Marina Bleahen had the pleasure of presenting the Business All Star Medium Award to Smart Storage Solutions who beat stiff competition from GES Group, Westport Adventure Park and Cube Design Print Packaging.

The ActionCOACH connection to the awards didn’t stop there. The DentalTech Group picked up the All Star for Small Business as well as receiving Business All Star Community Thought Leader (Dental) accreditation. Their ActionCOACH Business Coach Richard Cullen was amongst the first to congratulate Group Owner Bevin Mahon and her team on their well earned success.

It was a busy day for Richard as another of his clients Denise O’Callaghan owner of Optimise Design received Business All Star Design Leader Accreditation on the day as well.

There was more success for ActionCOACH clients as Little Learners Pre-School & Montessori picked up double accreditations for Product Innovation and Team.  Little Learner’s owner Nessa McNamara took a few minutes between judging rounds to acknowledge the support and encouragement of her business coach John O’Sullivan to pursue such prestigious accreditation.


ActionCOACH Business Coaches Jeannette Naughton and Des Ryan were delighted to see clients past and present succeed as Target Integration and Monread CRM were accredited.

To cap off a fantastic day we had the pleasure of chatting to record breaking runner, Sinead Kane (#BlindRunner777) after she came off stage from giving a keynote presentation.  Record breaking runner, Sinead and her coach John O’Regan shared with us a story of resilience and commitment which she summed up in a memorable quote;

“it takes team work to make dreams work.”




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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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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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