A Leicestershire business coach who gave up a career in blue chip retail senior operations to help SMEs grow their companies has been recognised at the number one global coaching firm’s annual UK awards.
Mark Jennings, who become an ActionCOACH in 2011, was hailed Coach of the Year for the Central Midlands at the De Vere Cotswold Water Park hotel event.
Smashing a professional goal and up against scores of other business coaches, he won the coveted award for having achieved the highest turnover, retaining the most clients and producing the best client results over the past year.
On average, Mark’s portfolio of diverse clients, who are based across the region but mainly focused in Leicestershire, saw a net profit increase of 42% in 2017.
On top of this, 80% of Mark’s clients have been with him for over three years, including two winners of ActionCOACH’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year, an award reserved for the very best in start-up growth across its global clients.
Mark, who is making a name for himself as the go-to man for those with big ambitions, said he was thrilled to be recognised for his passion and commitment to helping companies flourish in front of his peers.
“It felt so great to be recognised,” said Mark, whose personal achievements include raising more than £250,000 for Cystic Fibrosis over the years through challenges such as climbing the 50 highest peaks in the French Alps.
“Being able to share the knowledge I gained during my many years in corporate operations and as an ActionCOACH, and see the impact it has on SME clients, is very rewarding. It’s about getting them to see the potential in their businesses.
“For example, they might say they want to grow by X amount and I say, “why so low? It could be 10 times that”. I also work with them to find ways for them to have the best work life balance, and endeavour to get them to the point where their business can run professionally without them in it, if they choose.”
Regularly featured in ActionCOACH’s top 100 coaches worldwide, Mark said his next goal was to make the top 50. “I hope to train as a master coach, which would enable me to make more of an impact on a global scale,” he said.
An integral part of the two-day ActionCOACH UK Conference, the awards feature a host of categories including Coach of the Year, all designed to recognise the most successful of the company’s 130 franchises nationwide.
The brainchild of billionaire Brad Sugars, ActionCOACH is internationally recognised as the leading business coaching firm in 62 countries worldwide, with more than 1,000 offices coaching 20,000 businesses every week.