Based in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, Marco has been running his ActionCOACH franchise for only just over two years. The shortlisting for Startups Awards now places his business amongst 35 companies from across the country that have been named as finalists for the Awards and are hoping to win one of the 14 trophies up for grabs at the glittering ceremony in London this December.
The Startups Awards, sponsored by NatWest and organised by Startups.co.uk, celebrate the success of businesses in the UK that have been trading for less than three years.
Marco has been shortlisted for the Franchisee of the Year Award along with two other companies. Founded in 1993 by Brad Sugars in Australia, ActionCOACH is the world’s number one business coaching franchise, with more than 1,000 offices in 40 countries. ActionCOACH has proven tools and strategies which help business owners increase profit, improve time management and create better performing teams. The Action system enables business owners to achieve an exponential growth pattern, whilst also giving them the business and life balance they always dreamed of.
“Having worked hard over the last two and a half years to build up my business from scratch, the recognition of being shortlisted as Franchisee of the Year in the Business Start-Up Awards feels great. My purpose as a business coach is to help my clients increase profit and build high performance teams. I have embraced these concepts in my own business and have achieved tangible results by doing what I teach and teaching what I do,” says Marco.
Duncan Bannatyne, of Dragons’ Den fame, will lead the judging panel alongside a number of other highly successful entrepreneurs and business experts including James Hurley, enterprise editor for the Daily Telegraph and Kevin Byrne, managing director of checkatrade.com.
David Lester, founder of Startups.co.uk, commented: “We are delighted with the response to this year’s Awards. We received hundreds of entries from an incredibly diverse range of companies.
“The final shortlist really is a fantastic example of the prosperous and highly successful start-up businesses we have here in the UK. Congratulations to all the companies who have made it this far and good luck for the Awards ceremony!”
The full shortlist is available online; please visit www.startupsawards.co.uk to see the complete list of finalists.
This year’s winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Kensington Roof Gardens, on Friday 7 December 2012.