Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Mark Lohan (owner) with Darren Beatty (Operations Manager) at Mark Lohan Fitted Furniture Ltd

Roscommon firm Mark Lohan Fitted Furniture is celebrating a big win at the ActionCOACH Business Excellence Awards 2021.

The firm won the Best Retail Business (Large Business Category).

It has been another challenging business year for everyone, but at ActionCOACH Ireland, they saw their clients excel during a time of uncertainty.

Running for the past decade, the awards showcase the ‘best of the best’ across small, medium, and large businesses. The 2021 virtual awards ceremony honoured the achievements of business owners and professionals across the island of Ireland.

Speaking about their win, Mark Lohan of Mark Lohan Fitted Furniture said: “Receiving this award means an awful lot to myself and the team as an acknowledgement for all our hard work since the formation of MLK and especially over the last number of years.

“These have been very difficult to do business with Covid and its associated problems, but they have also been our best years to date for growth and probability.”

The firm’s ActionCOACH Derek O’Dwyer spoke about Mark Lohan Fitted Furniture, saying: “Mark is a student of business. He is committed to building a business that will work without him.

“He has grown the business nearly 10 fold in under seven years. He has established the best kitchen showroom in the West in the past few years, and plans to replicate this with Showroom Two in 2022.

“He has an excellent team, including sales, customer service, manufacturing, and fitting. A huge amount of business comes from word-of-mouth and referral.

“Mark is a big believer in systems and processes, and this has allowed the business to grow over the past few years. “

The organisations that entered shared their confidential data across sales, profits, and job creation for 2021.

ActionCOACH Ireland managing director Paul Fagan said: “It is an honour and privilege for me to host these awards.

“The SME business community are the real unsung superheroes in Ireland today.

“During the past 18 months, they have kept their business open in the face of the pandemic with multiple restrictions and lockdowns. They have overcome immense challenges to survive and thrive, and today we recognise and celebrate their success.

“You will never hear our business owners complain, they will never block up your streets with tractors, lorries, or taxis. They get up early every day to open up and work long hours before closing time. They create jobs and employ amazing people to work alongside them.

“Over 60% of workers are employed by small businesses in Ireland today. They are the people who look after your children in creches, take care of your pets and your cars, they serve you food and drinks. They look after your health in doctors, dentists, and physiotherapy clinics. The winners are judged on the performance of their business in terms of growth in sales and profits and new jobs created.”

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