Two Great British Franchisee Awards in 12 months for ActionCOACH


ActionCOACH franchise partner, Gary Keating, was named a winner of the Great British Franchisee Awards this week in recognition of his ongoing success at his ActionCOACH Bristol firm. The accolade considers areas such as business growth, staff retainment, business experience, customer satisfaction, community involvement, and inspired leadership to determine worthy franchisees across the UK. Gary took home the award in acknowledgement of his continued dedication to transforming business owners’ lives, with Kevin Riley at ActionCOACH Warwick taking home the same award in 2022.

Ian Christelow, Co-founder of ActionCOACH UK, is delighted with the result. “Gary provides a huge amount of support to our network of over 200 UK franchise partners and our UK Franchise Support Team. He’s not just a talker-type – he’s applied what he’s learned through ActionCOACH and in his career to build an outstanding team and roll out business transforming and life-changing work in the Bristol area to hundreds of business owners. He’s an asset to our community and fully deserves this award in recognition of his dedication to helping everyone around him achieve greater results.”

ActionCOACH franchise partners support businesses across the UK in their exclusive territories, offering coaching services to help clients unlock their business potential. With 98% of clients stating their coach makes a positive difference to their business*, ActionCOACH is continually demonstrating the transformative effects of business coaching. 

“Despite winning the award, it’s not about me – my team and our clients are what make our business coaching firm what it is. We measure our success by our client’s success – since our launch in 2015, we have seen our clients franchise their businesses, win awards for their work and massively increase their profits. Our mission is to change the fate of business owners throughout Bristol and the surrounding area, and this award is validation that we’re succeeding.”

The judges of the Great British Franchisee Awards explained that Gary Keating had innovatively structured ActionCOACH Bristol for sustained growth. They stated that not only is Gary a great ambassador to the ActionCOACH franchise community, but he is just as invested in his clients and the wider Bristol community as he is in his own team. The judges concluded that finding someone like Gary, who is constantly exceeding targets and demonstrating excellent leadership qualities, is exactly what they were looking for when granting a Great British Franchisee Award. 

Ian Christelow also believes Gary is a brilliant example of how to be successful with the world’s number one business coaching franchise. “Gary is a regular speaker at franchise discovery days, quarterly team meetings and quarterly conferences, sharing his valuable knowledge freely with our entire network. We’re blessed to have someone leading the way in the world of business coaching who is willing to share how he has built a £1million+ a year franchise from the ground up. He’s creating an incredible amount of fulfilment – personally and for his team – and truly making a difference in his local economy and community.

“Gary’s recent feature on Amazon’s Prime Video  docuseries Business as Unusual, coupled with this achievement, is a testament to his hard work – we’re so proud of what he’s achieved and can’t wait to support him as he continues his journey with us.”

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