The inaugural North Cork Business & Tourism Awards – a new initiative designed to celebrate and recognise excellence in business and tourism across the region – launched this week. The awards scheme has been created by Cork County Council in association with AIB and The Corkman.
The awards span eleven categories including Best New Business, Best Customer Service, Most Innovative/Unique Business, Best Use of Digital and Best Tourism Experience. There is also an award for North Cork Young Business Person of the Year, for those aged 18-30.
Speaking at the recent launch event in Cork County Hall, Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey, thanked partners AIB and The Corkman and said “Cork is making a significant contribution to our National prosperity and as part of that, Cork County Council has a very important role in the promotion of economic development for Cork County. We are supporting the strong cohort of enterprises trading across all sectors in Cork, by focusing in particular on our strengths in the tourism and small business sector.”.
An overall North Cork Business of the Year 2019 will be chosen by the judges from all the individual category winners and there will also be a special award for ‘Outstanding North Cork Business Ambassador’ which will be awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution to business life in North Cork.
Siobhán Murphy, General Manager of The Corkman added “We interact every day with businesses and tourism organisations in North Cork so get to see the great work that’s happening in the region. We’re delighted to be part of an awards scheme that celebrates success and hard work and highlights it throughout North Cork”.
For the shortlisted companies in each category, the process will include a three-minute pitch evening hosted by AIB in October, where companies will get the chance to impress the judges face to face.All shortlisted companies will also be profiled in a special supplement inserted into The Corkman in November as well as receiving lots of publicity online and via social media.The winners for each category will then be announced at a gala awards event to be held in North Cork in November with one organisation winning the overall North Cork Business of the Year 2019.This business will then go up against the equivalent winners from West Cork and East Cork for the coveted title of overall Cork County Business of the Year.See next week’s The Corkman for details about the awards judging panel