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.

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Congratulations to all the finalists in the SFA Awards 2015. It is a great         acknowledgment of all your hard work and a fantastic opportunity to celebrate your achievements as a Small Business in Ireland and to recognise the vital contribution of the Small Business sector to the Irish economy.

Check out these fabulous results from our clients and programme participants:

ClevaMama, Co.Dublin

Finalists in the following categories:

  • Innovator of the year (up to 50 employees)
  • Small Business Exporter of the year (up to 50 employees)


  • Overall National Small Business of the year 2015
  • Innovator of the year 2015ClevaMama Overall National Small Business of the year 2015
Clubstohire, Co.Dublin

Finalists in the following categories:

  • Innovator of the year (up to 50 employees)
  • Small Business Exporter of the year (up to 50 employees)


  • Highly Commended in Small business exporter of the year
Eight Degrees Brewing, Co.Cork

Finalists in the following categories:

  • Manufacturing Category (up to 50 employees)
  • Food & Drink Category (up to 50 employees)


  • Highly commended in the Food and Drink Category. Eight Degrees Brewing, Highly commended in the Food and Drink Category.
Kevin Egan Cars

Finalist in the following Category:

  • Outstanding Small Business (up to five employees)

So how do you become an Award Winning Business like these companies?

The answer is simple really – you need plenty of focus which in turn leads to results in your business. Here are some top tips to help you achieve the award winning results in business :

  • Have a Strategic Plan which outlines your businesses Purpose, Values, Goals and Envisioned Future. This allows you to identify and put in place the correct management structure to bring the company forward.
  • Make sure you allow time to work ON your business rather than IN your business, focusing on key areas to develop in such as innovation, strategic alliances and planning.
  • 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 and 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.  This ensure 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 the focus in the business and will achieve better results.

Best of luck growing your business and achieving brilliant results, we hope to see you on an award stage soon!