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The support I’ve received has been outstanding and that’s priceless with a new business venture and challenge.

Ellis Bardsley, 45, Franchise partner in Oxfordshire since September 2013

Ellis Bardsley had 25 years of corporate experience behind him when he heard about ActionCOACH. “Although I had corporate experience, it was never with Blue Chip companies, always with time-poor, cash-poor businesses working hard with limited resources to succeed, he says. Bardsley signed up his first client in October 2013, within a month of joining the ActionCOACH network.

“I was very attracted by the ActionCOACH approach. I saw the franchise as an opportunity to take my practical business experience and apply it to a proven system to create a concept that was equally useful to a large company as to an S.M.E.”, he says.

“It’s been just over a year since I invested in the business and already I’m well ahead of my initial target of 12 clients in 12 months, in fact I just signed up my 16th client today, so technically I’m 33 per cent ahead of my expectations! The support I’ve received has been outstanding and that’s priceless with a new business venture and challenge.”

“As an ActionCOACH, what I’m building is a business that delivers value to real business owners, to people with genuine challenges who need some guidance. The coming years will be about constantly restructuring the business to allow me to deal with an ever-increasing number of clients - and to help people to achieve their goals. My family has got the bug too with my wife Ali joining me in the business and my eldest son Josh getting involved wherever possible in between study and social at Swansea University … Josh’s latest venture is to take a bus load of students down to Bristol to see Brad Sugars live, so already we’re contributing to the next generation of British entrepreneurs!”