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North-west businesses take action!

May 15th, 2015

Paul Whitfield, owner of ActionCOACH Blackburn, has been helping local businesses in the area achieve success. Simon Dresdner is one of Paul’s clients. Paul has helped Simon’s business, Merco, double his business’ turnover in just 6 months. Paul has been coaching businesses since 2011 and enjoys the rewarding nature of the job.

“In 2014, our business was steady but we felt that we needed a little bit of extra input and a consultative approach rather than just carry on as we were. Within 6 months of having Paul on board, we doubled our turnover. Paul is still doing a great job with us and brings a completely different perspective to the business. He looks at it from an outside point of view and has put proper targets and measures in place to help us reach our goals,” explains Simon.

Not only has the work that Paul been doing with Simon’s business had a massive effect, Simon also feels as though Paul’s work has changed him as a person too. Paul’s experience and knowledge has been passed on and Simon can use it both in other areas of life and in his two other business ventures!

“Since I’ve been working with Simon, he’s changed his outlook on the business. He’s no longer a technician within the business and he’s starting to see that by using the people he employs, he can take a step back and achieve more than he can on his own. He thinks very differently now and understands how to calculate risks and how to get a return on his strategies. He has a much more holistic view of his business and understands his finances and sales and marketing. Simon now knows he needs to drive the business himself and push it as far as he wants to go,” says Paul

ActionCOACH is the world’s number one business coaching team. Their unique approach to coaching has benefitted business owners around the world, as most business people excel at their trade or profession but are not so great at the ‘business of business’. As a result, many business owners fail due to financial trouble or burnout, their hopes and dreams are lost even though they were trying their hardest to succeed. That’s where Action business coaches like Paul come in. They help business owners develop great teams, strong finances, powerful systems, unique marketing and selling to give them the business and life they dream of.

“I’ve worked with Simon to systemise his business and look at where he can spend his time to benefit the business. Simon is now focused on business development rather than the business being reliant on him. For the next six months, we’re going to look at how we can recruit in order to strengthen his team and progress with the next stage of the development plan,” adds Paul.

Not only does Paul coach businesses like Simon’s, he is also involved in community events and is an active role model within the ActionCOACH franchise network. Simon has asked Paul to become involved in his local Jewish community by offering business workshops in order to help his local community grow too.

“Through coaching one business, you often find that it links to other opportunities. By inspiring and helping business owners, their friends, families and community see them achieving their goals and it prompts them to pick their goals and dreams back up because they want to gain the same rewards. In ActionCOACH, you’re very much part of a community and everyone’s more than willing to help each other. That’s one of the best things about working with ActionCOACH. I was very lucky to be asked to speak at ActionCOACH’s EMEA conference in Portugal this year and I think it’s great to be able to share your own learnings and help accelerate other people’s success within our winning team.”

ActionCOACH is the winner of the UK’s Best Mid-priced Franchise sponsored by RBS and currently has a UK network of over 110 coaches in an industry that is growing fast. If you would like to find out more about the opportunity to make a real difference with ActionCOACH, please visit