The finalists in each of the 11 awards categories for this year’s Southern Star West Cork Business & Tourism Awards have been announced.
Once again there was a fantastic response to the awards, which are being run in association with Cork County Council, with almost 140 entries received from 111 different businesses and organisations throughout the region.
The panel of six judges had a tough task due to the high standard of entries and shortlisted three finalists for each category, rising to four in some where the standard of entries was simply too high to choose.
The finalists pitched their businesses to the judges at the ‘Pitch Night’ which was held at AIB Bandon on Monday October 21st, which was a fantastic night, with some very inspiring presentations. Following this, the judges had the unenviable task of choosing just 1 winner for each category and an overall West Cork Business of the Year and these will be announced at a special Gala Awards Dinner at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Hotel on Friday 29th November, with TV presenter Síle Seoige as guest MC. The evening kicks off with a drinks reception followed by a four course meal, and the awards presentations will include an overall West Cork Business of the Year award, an Outstanding West Cork Business Ambassador award and new for this year, a special Fáilte Ireland backed award for Best West Cork Wild Atlantic Way Business.
All finalists and category sponsors will receive two complimentary tickets to the Gala Awards Dinner and there is an opportunity to buy additional tickets for staff. Please note there are limited additional tickets available. To book tickets contact Jennifer Barron (Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org or 028 - 21200) as soon as possible.
All category finalists will be profiled in a special awards supplement which will be published in The Southern Star on Thursday 21st November.
Finally, new for this year, is the opportunity to take it one step further. The winner of the West Cork Business of the Year will go up against equivalent winners from North Cork and East Cork for the coveted title of overall Cork County Business of the Year. This will take place at a glamorous luncheon in Cork City in January.
We’re delighted to announce our 2019 judges
Senior Enterprise Development Officer
Cork County Council
Head of AIB
Head of Tourism
Cork County Council
Fitzgerald & Partners.
Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa
Partners & Sponsors
Awards Category Sponsors
Thank you to each of our category sponsors for supporting the 'West Cork Business & Tourism Awards 2019'
west Cork Finalists Announced
Best Artisan Food Producer
Sponsored by Clonakilty Black Pudding
Regale Biscuit Company
The Eccles Hotel
Best Customer Service
Sponsored byTrigon Hotels
Oak Fire Pizza
The West Cork Hotel
The Blue Haven
Best Marketing Initiative
Sponsored by Dan Seaman Motors
McCarthy & Co
Best New Business
Sponsored by Blueprint Financial Planning
CL HR Consultancy
Best Not for Profit Organisation
Sponsored by Eli Lilly
Lusitania Museum Old Head Tower
Kinsale Chamber of Tourism & Business
The Ludgate Hub
Best Use of Digital
Sponsored by xSellco
McCarthy & Co
Kinsale College of Further Education
Sponsored by AIB
O’Donnell Design Ltd
Most Innovative/Unique Business
Sponsored by Fitzgerald & Partners and the Blue Haven Hotel
Castle Concrete Products Ltd
The Water School
Kinsale Mead Company
Best West Cork Festival
Sponsored by Collins Brooks & Associates
Fastnet Film Festival
Ballydehob Jazz Festival
Skibbereen Arts Festival
Best Tourism Experience
Sponsored by Cork Airport
Skibbereen Heritage Centre
Allihies Copper Mine Museum
West Cork Young Business Person of the Year
Sponsored by Skibbereen & Bandon Credit Union
David Forde, GameFace Sailing
James Gale, Swiftfox Apps
Aaron O’Sullivan, Bantry Bay Boat Hire