Cape Town’s very own business coach, Kathi Clarke owner of Building Best Business and an internationally-accredited ActionCOACH has made South Africa proud by being the only African representative to win an award at the prestigious annual Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Business Excellence Awards which recently took place in Portugal. Above, Kathi Clarke with Brad Sugars, Founder of ActionCOACH.  

The Business Excellence Awards hosted annually by ActionCOACH – the world’s number one business coaching company – formed part of the three day Business Excellence Forum where business owners and international coaches from the EMEA region gathered to exchange valuable insights into building great  businesses and share best practices. The awards were categorised in two key focus areas: Entrepreneurial Awards and Coaching Excellence Awards.

Clarke won one of nine Coaching awards in the Coaching Excellence category for her contribution to growing clients’ businesses through group coaching. The awards were judged according to business results and constitute one of the highest accolades in the ActionCOACH business coaching arena.

Clarke comments, “It was a huge surprise as a South African delegate in an international arena to be singled out for excellence.  I’d gone there feeling blessed to be learning from great coaches to find myself unbelievably numbered among them.  It was wonderful validation that coming from Africa we can hold our heads up high.  It is also testimony to the on-going commitment of my entrepreneurial clients who have worked incredibly hard with me to achieve their business success and continue to do both themselves and our economy proud.”

Brad Sugars, the Founder of ActionCOACH, mentioned in a speech at the event that the awards were in recognition of Business Coaches and Entrepreneurs who are taking what they do from good to great. The other winners included:

Best ActionCLUB – group coaching – Kathi Clarke – South Africa

Best Coach – one-to-one – Peter Boolkah – Britain

Best ProfitCLUB – networking – Thierry Mouton – Ile de France

Best GrowthCLUB – quarterly planning – Jas Darar – Britain

Best MasterCoach – coaching coaches – Kevin Stansfield – Britain

Best Executive Coach – John Cottrell – Britain

Best Client Retention – Peter Boolkah – Britain

Best Client Results – Derek O’Dwyer – Ireland

Most Improved Coach – Colin Harding – Britain

Kathi Clarke is an Industrial Psychologist, international award winning and certified ActionCOACH Business Coach and a business growth expert. With over 25 years’ experience in growing businesses, she and her company Building Best Business since coming to South Africa in 2011, have successfully helped more than 50 entrepreneurs to significantly grow their profits; develop entrepreneurial muscle and enjoy the lifestyle which prompted them to start their own business in the first place. Kathi also finds the time to offer her services probono to NPOs.

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