Network Ireland Cork has unveiled new categories for its annual Businesswoman of the Year Awards, reflecting the new realities of business life in 2020.
The 'Power Within Champion' — recognising those who overcame challenges in business arising from Covid-19 — is one of six categories now open to members to submit their entry to.
Judges are Ernest Cantillon of Electric Bar and Kinsale Spirit Company; Sharon Corcoran, Director of Economic Development & Tourism at Cork County Council and Elmarie Kelleher, Branch manager of AIB.
Speaking on the Businesswoman of the Year Awards, Network Ireland Cork’s President, Marguerite O'Sullivan, said Cork businesses have demonstrated immense resilience and adaptability in recent months.
"With the Power Within Champion award, we want to commend our members who have shown great strength in the past four months in the midst of a crisis.
"This has been a year like no other, so it’s never been more important for those in the business community to showcase their excellence, resilience, strength and capability," she said.
"I would implore our members to enter the 2020 awards, or nominate a colleague, and celebrate the innovative work they are doing," Ms O'Sullivan continued.
The organisation’s Vice-President and Awards organiser, Barbara Nugent expressed her appreciation to this year’s judges and sponsors on behalf of Network Ireland Cork.
"We welcome Brown Thomas back as our main sponsor again this year, and thank them for their continued commitment to the awards.
"The event will also be supported by AIB, the organisation’s official partner," she said.
"We would also like to thank our judges, Elmarie, Ernest and Sharon ahead of the process, for what will be, I’m sure, a very difficult task in choosing the winners," Ms Nugent continued.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on August 28 and will go forward for the Network Ireland Business Awards on October 2.
Entries can be submitted via Network Ireland's website.
The closing date for submissions is Friday, July 17.