How to enter
Entry to the awards is free of charge and businesses can enter a maximum of 2 of the 11 categories listed below.
Winning entries don't need to be lengthy - focus on your story, why you are successful, what makes your business different & better than your competitors, and only include relevant & necessary information - don't be shy, make sure you sell your business to the judges!
For each region, a shortlist of 3 businesses will be chosen for each Awards category by that region's panel of judges, with the winner of each category announced at a special Awards event in November.
An overall 'Business of the Year 2019' for each region will be chosen from all the individual category winners in that region and again announced at the special Awards event in November.
In addition there will be a special County Mayor's Award for 'Outstanding Business Ambassador', again 1 per region, which will be awarded to an individual whom the judges feel has made a significant and extraordinary contribution to business life in each of our three Cork County regions.
The awards categories
Best Small to Medium Enterprise
Best Use of Digital
Most Innovative/Unique Business
Best Tourism Experience
Young Business Person of the Year - Aged 30 or under as of Dec 31st 2019 . This can be self-nominated or you can be nominated by someone else.
Best Artisan Food Producer
Best Customer Service
Best Marketing Initiative
Best New Business - in business for no more than 3 years
Best Not for Profit Organisation
The awards process
Enter online or by post to Cork County Business & Tourism Awards Team, Southern Star Creative, Ilen Street, Skibbereen, Co Cork. Entries close midnight Friday 6th September.
The judges will review all submissions in order to get to a shortlist of 3 finalists per category. Finalists will hear from us in early October.
Shortlist of finalists
Finalists will be invited to a pitch night in each region hosted by AIB. This is your opportunity to really sell your business via a three-minute pitch. From this the judges will decide the ultimate winners for each category. A fantastic networking opportunity, the pitch night will take place during October.
Cork County Council will publish a special supplement featuring business profiles of all finalists in The Southern Star, The Corkman and the East Cork Journal during November.
Finalists will receive 2 complementary tickets to the Gala Awards event in their region, where winners of each category will be announced. The 'Overall Business of the Year 2019' and 'Outstanding Business Ambassador' for each region will also be announced at the event which will take place in November.
THE GALA AWARDS EVENT
The overall Business of the Year in each region will then go up against the equivalent winners in the other two regions for the coveted title of overall Cork County Business of the Year
THE CORK COUNTY FINALS
the benefits of entering the awards
A great way to raise your company’s profile.
A great way to team build by recognising & celebrating the hard work of your employees.
A great marketing and PR opportunity if you’re shortlisted, become a category winner or even win the overall Business of the Year award in your region.
All shortlisted companies will receive a profile article & photograph in a special Business & Tourism Awards supplement to be published in their local newspaper ahead of the Gala Awards event.
All Awards category winners will receive substantial additional publicity via their local newspaper and digital media plus a framed certificate and trophy and a special logo that can be used on marketing materials.
Finalists that are 'runners up' also receive additional publicity via their local newspaper and digital media plus a framed certificate and a special logo that can be used on marketing materials.
The Cork County Council Business and Tourism Awards launched last year in the West Cork region in conjunction with The Southern Star. They were a resounding success and here’s just a sample of the feedback received from some of the winners.
Whether you’re based in West Cork, North Cork or East Cork this could be you and your business saying something similar at the end of 2019!