James Akin-Smith

United Kingdom and EMEA

James is The CEO Coach. His mission is to help business leaders and entrepreneurs accelerate their path to business success and personal freedom.

James is passionate about business and believes that running a business should be exciting, enjoyable and rewarding; whilst transporting you towards personal and financial freedom. Having built and run 7 successful businesses over 30 years, combined with more than 10,000 hours of coaching, James knows exactly what it takes to make a business grow and succeed.

- Conveying real life experience, as a CEO and Business Leader in his own right
- Trusted Advisor, Mentor and Coach
- Creating award winning cultures
- Developing high performance leadership teams and business structure
- Buying, selling or merging businesses
- Raising capital
- Shareholder disputes
- Non-Executive Services

- Certified Business Coach & Growth Expert
- Cashflow Story Accredited
- Wealth Dynamics Accredited
- Engagement Multiplier Partner
- 3HAG Certified
- Success Framework focusing on Perspective, Energy, Growth and Freedom

- Professionally active business coach since 2009

- Ranked in the top 3% of Business Coaches and Trusted Advisors, globally
- Built and run 7 successful businesses across different industries
- 30+ years entrepreneurial experience
- 10+ years coaching experience
- Winner of multiple Business Coaching Awards including Growth Coach Award 2016 & 2019 for fastest growing UK practice and Breakout Coach Award 2016 fastest growing practice EMEA

James has always had a passion for business and entrepreneurship. He spent 30 years starting, building and selling seven successful businesses across multiple industries, from eCommerce to international wholesale distribution, in both the B2B and B2C sectors.

Having built and grown an online retailer to the second most visited site in the UK in 3 years and successfully raised Venture Capital finance on 4 occasions, James has first-hand experience and knowledge about the practicalities of running businesses. He knows how challenging and isolating building and leading a business can be, with no-one to lean on for impartial advice, bounce ideas off or ease some of the stress of the emotional roller-coaster.

Since James started coaching in 2009, he has built up more than 10,000 hours of experience and has won multiple Business Coaching awards making him one of the top Business Coaches and Trusted Advisors in the industry. But more importantly, he has helped leaders grow their businesses and succeed beyond their expectations.

James’ approach is personal and bespoke to the needs of his clients, mentoring you through those challenges, prompting ideas, and guiding you towards successfully achieving your goals. His proven Success Framework will help you avoid costly mistakes and will take you on a structured journey towards creating a business that is more successful and less dependent on you. James’ coaching focuses on 4 key areas:

  • Perspective - Taking a step back and getting you clear on your vision and goals
  • Energy - Refocusing your energy and supercharging your team
  • Growth – Fine tuning internal systems to achieve faster more sustainable results
  • Freedom - A profitable business that works without you

The outcome? You’ll hone existing skills and develop the new skills you need to help you
drive your business towards success, effectively and with confidence. You will get crystal
clear on what it is you really want, in business and in life and then James will hold your feet
to the fire to really make it happen.