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John McHale Action Coach Wins Prestigious Award

A peerless track record of success has seen the work of a local, world-class business coach recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony.

John McHale, who hails from Scawby in North Lincolnshire, scooped the award for Best Client Results for the Europe, Middle East and African region, at the Business Excellence Awards BizX 2022 held at the International Convention Centre in Farnborough.

Hosted by ActionCOACH, the annual awards celebrate the success of both its network of business coaches and the thousands of companies they support around the world. Being recognised with not one but two trophies at the event, John said: “I was absolutely stunned to be announced as the winner of the Best Client Results, as well as being awarded an Actionman award too. I feel very humbled.”

This isn’t the first time John has garnered this particular accolade – for which around 400 ActionCOACH members are eligible – as he triumphed in the same category in 2019. He added: “It’s great to see Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire leading the way, and my personal success with this award is testament to all the great things achieved by my clients in the past year.” 

And John’s clients – which are all SMEs based in the Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire area – also dominated the night, with nine finalists and one winner. Doncaster based business, The Shoe Room, was one of these finalists and achieved recognition in the Best Retail Business category, having won the award for Best Customer Service last year.  DBS Digital, a digital marketing client based in Lincoln, walked away with the Best Company Culture award.   

John’s award cements his standing as one of the best ActionCOACH coaches in Europe, and the results he has delivered with his clients speak for themselves. His role as a business coach is to support business owners to firstly envisage and then achieve their goals, and this has included one company progressing from a standing start to turning over £5 million in three years under his mentorship.

John amassed a wealth of senior management experience working at Tata Steel in Scunthorpe, until 2014, when he decided to leave the corporate world and instead put his expertise to use supporting burgeoning business people.

Since then, he has helped clients – who currently range from engineering specialists to funeral directors, retailers and fulfilment centres – think big and achieve their dreams. He puts his success down to not just his obvious business acumen, but his passion for helping others to build their businesses.

So what’s the secret of his success? “It’s because I care,” he said. “I can quickly get to the root of complex problems, and then support my client with identifying the solutions, along with devising a plan for how to fulfil their goals. Sometimes, I think I believe in people more than they believe in themselves, so it’s about transferring that belief, and helping them develop the courage they need to succeed. That’s when amazing things start to happen.

There are of course many business coaches available, so why should anyone choose John? He said: “I always tell people to check out other coaches, then come and meet me, then make their decision. At ActionCOACH we offer a guarantee that if you don’t make back the money you’ve invested in us within a year, we will repay you the difference.

“Working with me, you get a marketing director, sales and finance director, training coordinator, partner, confidante, mentor and friend, all focusing on you and your success.

The awards ceremony took place on March 31, and formed part of a two-day conference attended by more than 1,500 delegates that featured keynote speakers including Chris Voss, Noel Fitzpatrick and Sarah Beeny. Next year’s conference has already attracted a line-up of distinguished speakers including Mary Portas, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Lord Coe.

Any business owners wishing to enquire about John’s services can contact him by calling 01724 231282 or 07795 046345, or at

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