For Cork business,
by Cork business.

CBA is a not for profit organisation that represents the interests of businesses in Cork.

We are dedicated to promoting Cork as a premier commercial and tourism destination.

The Cork Business Association

Cork Business Association (CBA) is an engaged, connected and committed representative of the business community in Cork City, supporting members since 1957.  We are a local voluntary collective of business people who provide a support network for members and personal one-to-one advice.  We champion a vibrant, safe, clean, welcoming, sustainable and living Cork City.  By working together, we can  ensure that businesses in the city have a stronger voice when dealing with local and national issues.


Being part of the CBA provides you with great opportunities to promote your business or organisation. Apart from our regular Networking Events and our monthly newsletter, we have highly engaged Social Media channels on which we can share member’s content & messages. It is our intention to continually advance this website to hold a Member news and event area.

Grow your business

The CBA is there to support businesses of all sizes in Cork in their aspiration for growth. This can be through peer-to- peer networking, business advisory services or by representing the interests of CBA members at a strategic level with decision making authorities at a local and national level.


CBA networking events take place on a regular basis, in a convivial and accessible environment. These great events range from Breakfast & Evening Briefings to the annual CBA Dinner, to various Awards Ceremonies and provide a great opportunity to expand your personal and professional network in the city and beyond.

Amplify your voice

CBA leads a number of budget, planning and community submissions from our members and our associations strength really is in our numbers. We sit on a number of boards and meetings also within the city, and will call for regular meetings with ministers to review issues facing our city and members. Ultimately we provide a much stronger voice than an individual organisation could generally hope to achieve.


Make sure to enter the Cork Business of the Year Awards; which honour businesses and individuals that have contributed to or promoted the enhancement of the commercial cultural and civic life of Cork City. We also organise the Cork Better Buildings awards in association with Cork City Council and the Echo. These awards honour the best designed and best kept buildings in Cork, which will ultimately improve public perception of the city as a vibrant and dynamic place to live visit, invest and conduct business.

Keep up to date

Joining the CBA is a great way to keep up to date with changes in the competitive and regulatory environment, as well as being an opportunity to learn from peers whose experience may be of benefit to you and your organisation.

Upcoming Events

New Member Welcome Event

Fantastic morning of Networking at The Metropole Hotel, with great talks from some of CBA’s newest members.
Debt Pressure and bills

WEBINAR: Debt Warehousing & Understanding SCARP

Due to the economic difficulties many businesses are facing, Cork Business Association will host a short webinar which will highlight what solutions are available to companies who are experiencing severe financial pressure.

CBA President’s Dinner and Cork Business of the Year Awards

We were delighted to host the 67th CBA President’s Dinner and Cork Business of the Year Awards proudly sponsored by JCD, Centra, and media partner The Irish Examiner in April.

Our Mission

Together with our members, partners and key stakeholders, the CBA works from the ground up to grow and evolve Cork City into a desirable place to shop, work, live, play, visit and a great place to do business.


At the heart of this is collaboration. Our projects are rooted in listening to our members, supporting them where it matters most, and collaborating with key partners and stakeholders at local and national level.


Aligned with the pillars of our 5-year strategic plan, our initiatives emphasise data-driven and evidence-based approaches to ensure that together we steer our city with accurate and positive momentum.

Together, we can create a better city to do business in.

Our Vision

The CBA will continue to be a driving force in helping shape Cork City as a vibrant, sustainable, prosperous, welcoming and networked city.


We will do this by working closely with key stakeholders at local, regional and national level to enact positive change and progress.  We will foster an inclusive community and support network for business owners and managers, and will proactively address their interests, initiatives and concerns. 


Additionally we will develop initiatives that will make the city a more attractive place to do business in.

Strategic Pillars

Business Leadership

Our board comprises of Cork business leaders, bringing diverse experience to guide CBA, prioritising the needs of the city and our members. The Executive Team, also composed of Cork business leaders, each with specialised expertise, is dedicated to driving our initiatives.

Networked Events

CBA hosts a number of successful networking and award events to support, recognise and promote businesses across the city centre. Our Event calendar also includes business, training and key topical events with speakers discussing issues and opportunities relevant to Cork city businesses and residents. View all events.

Member Advisory Services

We are your support on the ground.  Our office and President lead the day to day services for members, and can always be contacted directly with any questions or concerns relating to your business.

Cork City Centre 2030

CBA will always ensure there is a strong vision for Cork City Centre to 2030 [and beyond]. Cork, as Ireland’s second city, must aspire to be judged amongst the best European cities for quality of life. Cork’s city centre has experienced significant change in recent years, with substantial physical and environmental enhancements following a sustained period of public and private and public sector investment and development. This needs to be strengthened further.

A safe and clean Cork City

A cleaner and safer urban environment is the foundation of all successful cities. Safety will be the primary objective for this Executive committee. The CBA has a presence at all meetings of CORE with Cork City Council, and will ensure that our members’ concerns regarding a safe and clean city are voiced and heard.

5 Year Strategic Framework

Our 5 year action plan considers the challenges and opportunities facing businesses in Cork. This plan lays out how we have restructured our board and executive and, with our members, we aim to support and drive a prosperous and sustainable Cork City. We invite you to support us in implementing the strategic plan and contributing to the positive transformation of Cork City.

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Latest from the CBA

Cork Business Association Submits Comprehensive Budget Proposal to Support Local Businesses Amidst Rising Costs

Cork Business Organisations Call on Government to Fund Transformative Cork Events Centre

An Garda Síochána to Increase Daytime Patrols in Cork City Centre for Summer Period

Interested in joining the Cork Business Association?

If you are interested in becoming a member of CBA don’t hesitate to contact us directly, or fill out the form here. We will arrange to meet you at your convenience.

Help us to ensure we get the best outcomes for businesses in Cork.