Cork Business of the Year Awards 2022


At the launch of the 65th Cork Business of the Year Awards, CBA President Eoin O’Sullivan and Vice-President Kevin Herlihy praised all businesses in Cork for the tenacity, perseverance and resilience they have shown over the past 2 years. 

The CBA Awards, which are run in partnership with sponsors JCD, Centra and Peninsula, and media partner The Irish Examiner, recognise the outstanding contribution of businesses and individuals working diligently across all sectors of business in Cork City. 

The CBA Cork Business of the Year Awards are the perfect way to acknowledge business achievements and celebrate the accomplishments of the companies that will drive Cork forward into the future.

There are 12 individual categories to choose from, including a new award this year for Sustainable Business Innovation and each year a Champion of Cork is also recognised.  

The awards are free to enter and nominations are now open online at The deadline for submission is 5.00pm on March 21st 2022.  

Eoin O’Sullivan, President of Cork Business Association and a Director of M&P O’Sullivan, said “Businesses in Cork have led the way nationally and shown that in the face of a global pandemic, you need to focus on what really matters. Businesses in all sectors including retail, hospitality and services have faced and overcome the many challenges posed by Covid-19 restrictions”. Kevin Herlihy CBA Vice-President and Co-owner of The Herlihy Centra Group, remarked “As we enter what we hope will be the final phase of this pandemic, businesses in Cork are looking forward to a future of renewed growth and creativity born from the lessons we have learned over the past 2 years.

With that in mind, we are delighted to launch the 2022 Cork Business of the Year Awards, which will hopefully recognise and reward business owners who go above and beyond to ensure that Cork city is the best place to work and live.  It has never been more important to highlight businesses who are leading the way and setting precedents for others to aspire to.

This year, in recognition of the importance of sustainable business practices to our future prosperity we have also launched a new Sustainable Business Innovation Award, sponsored by Fáilte Ireland, to showcase businesses who have prioritised and embraced sustainable business innovations and are using these new strategies to drive sustainable growth.”


The 12 individual award categories for 2022 include:

  • Sustainable Business Innovation 
  • Best New Business in Cork, sponsored by LEO Cork City
  • Best Cork Family Business, sponsored by AIB
  • Best Cork Hotel, sponsored by Irish Hotels Federation, Cork Branch
  • Best Cork Restaurant, sponsored by The English Market 
  • Best Cork Café, sponsored by The English Market 
  • Best Cork VFI Pub, sponsored by Vintners Federation Cork
  • Best Cork Retail Business, sponsored by Cork City Council
  • Best Tourism Art Event, sponsored by Failte Ireland
  • Best Professional Services Business, sponsored by B2B Signs
  • Best Cork Digital Business, sponsored by Cork Airport
  • Champion of Cork Award, sponsored by MTU

The CBA President’s Dinner and Cork Business of the Year Awards is always a highlight for local businesses.  With the easing of restrictions, CBA is delighted to announce that this year’s event will take place in Vienna Woods Hotel on Saturday April 23rd. Top chefs and award-winning producers will again unite to create a menu, based on the best Cork produce, that will enthrall and delight the taste-buds. Tickets for this “must-attend” event are always in huge demand and will go on sale shortly.  Further details on the event will be updated on the CBA website.

Last year the Cork Business Association recognised some notable achievements, with Kilkenny and Diana O’Mahony Jewellers being named the overall winners in the large category and SME category respectively.  Prof. Mary Horgan of UCC received the Champion of Cork Award for her outstanding contribution to healthcare and in particular for her work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Eoin O Sullivan continued, “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. 

“The benefits of being part of the awards process are many, including association with the awards, public recognition for your hard work, plus marketing and networking opportunities. We would also like to sincerely thank all of our sponsors, in particular our event sponsors JCD and Centra, event partner Peninsula, and media partner The Irish Examiner.”  

To enter the Cork Business of the Year Awards 2020, your business must be based in the greater Cork city area or be a current member of the Cork Business Association. 

An experienced panel of leading business and civic leaders will provide independent judging and the shortlist will be announced for public vote in the last week of March. Three businesses will be shortlisted in each category and the public will have the opportunity to vote for the winners.

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