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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
(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:
Dentaltech – Finalists in the following category:
- Best Manufacturer / Wholesaler
Ireland Walk Hike Bike – Finalists in the following category:
- Female Entrepreneur of the Year
Keystone Insurance – Finalists in the following categories:
- Best Company Culture
- Best Import / Export
- Best E-Commerce
Kevin 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….