Search on for Champion of Cork as business body launches awards

Search on for Champion of Cork as business body launches awards

At the launch of the Cork Business Association’s Cork Business of the Year Awards and Gala dinner, on January 19 in Clayton Silversprings, are (l to r) Clara O’Neill, Eoin Kennedy, Philip Gillivan, Seán Murphy, Claire Nash, Niamh Murphy, Lawrence Owens, Aaron Mansworth, and Michael O’Donovan. Picture: Billy McGill

NOMINATIONS are now open for the 2018 Cork Business Association Business of the Year Awards.

This year, the CBA has included a new category - the Champion of Cork Award - which has been created to praise and recognise a Corkonian who makes ‘a real difference to Cork and its people.’

The awards will take place at a gala event on Saturday, January 19, with more than a dozen prizes up for grabs. The CBA will crown Cork’s best new business, best family business and recognise the best in pubs, cafes, restaurants and more. There are categories for large and small businesses, tourism and arts, professional services and retail, too.

Celebrating 61 years in business this year, the CBA has issued an open call for nominations on their website, www.corkbusiness.ie. Nominations will close at midnight on December 3.

Speaking about this year’s ceremony, CBA chief executive Lawrence Owens said: “Through these awards, along with our sponsors and partners, the CBA annually seeks to recognise the hard work and good business acumen demonstrated by businesses in Cork.

“Last year we recognised some highly notable achievements, with CIT being named Cork Business of the Year 2017 – Large Category; Cork Convention Bureau winning Cork Business of the Year 2017 - Medium Category; and Republic of Work being named Best New Cork Business 2017. This year we are delighted to announce the separation of the Best Cork Restaurant and Café awards and the addition of an entirely new category, The Champion of Cork Award, which will honour the contribution of a key individual to business development within the city. We very much look forward to receiving this year’s submissions and would like to encourage all businesses located within the greater Cork city area to consider entering these prestigious awards.”

To enter, visit http://corkbusiness.ie/cba-cork-business-of-the-year-awards-2018/.

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