A Leicestershire business growth expert has won an award for keeping the region’s small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) thriving during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mark Jennings achieved best client ratings for all ActionCOACHes across the Central Midlands in what has been one of the most challenging years for businesses.
Recognising 100% satisfaction from all clients in a recent survey, he was presented with the award virtually at the global coaching franchise’s annual conference.
With clients ranging from sportswear manufacturers, logistics enterprises, signage firms and security specialists through to wealth management advisers, Mark said 2020 had not been an easy ride by any stretch, but his clients had stayed focused and determined.
“My clients have been learning and applying the knowledge that has not just enabled them to survive, but to thrive now and beyond this pandemic,” he said. “A number of them in the hospitality sector have certainly taken the brunt of the impact.
“Every business has without doubt been affected by the pandemic and it’s been about keeping my clients focused and looking for opportunities that history shows us often arise out of difficult times. With adversity comes opportunity.”
Mark, who in 2018 was made a Global MasterCoach by an international panel for ActionCOACH, is now putting clients’ health and wellbeing at the top of the agenda.
A report published by Deloitte early this year revealed that poor mental health in the workplace cost UK bosses more than £43bn in 2018, a rise of 16% in two years. With Covid-19, this figure could rise starkly.
“It’s vital for business owners to strive for their business goals,” said Mark.
“However, they must take steps to ensure they are looking after themselves at the same time. There is a direct correlation between a healthy body and mind and healthy business and burn-out helps no-one. It’s like having a great Formula One car, but not concentrating on the fuel you put into it.”