CBA Cork Business of the Year Awards

Cork Business of the Year Awards

🏆 Step into the limelight with the Cork Business of the Year Awards 2024! 🏆

The CBA Awards give Businesses the opportunity to compete across 11 distinct categories. Every entry undergoes thorough evaluation by our impartial judging panel, resulting in the selection of top contenders for each category.

Take a look at the 2024 finalists below! 

Sustainable Business Innovation

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Open to all businesses in Cork City who have prioritised and embraced sustainable business innovation practices and are now using these strategies to drive sustainable business growth. Entrants needed to demonstrate that new strategies are significantly more sustainable than previous practices and set their company on a path to a more sustainable future.

The nominees are:

The Imperial Hotel


Oak Fire Pizza

Best New Business in Cork

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Open to all businesses that have been founded or are new to Cork since 1st January 2018. Entrants were asked to explain their business and to demonstrate how they have translated a great idea into a viable and successful business venture. They were also asked to outline their plans for the future.

The nominees are:


Marina Market

Oak Fire Pizza

Best Cork Family Business

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Open to all family owned and run businesses in the greater Cork city area. The business must be managed by family members and they must be able to demonstrate the involvement of at least two generations of family members who are working in the business.

The nominees are:

McKechnie Cleaning Services Ltd

Garry McCarthy trophies

Best Cork Hotel

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The Best Hotel award acknowledges excellence in service and accommodation. Entrants need to demonstrate high class, flawless service in a comfortable, quality establishment, while both meeting and exceeding guest expectations, and how they have helped to promote Cork as a destination nationally and internationally.

The nominees are:

Cork International Hotel

The Kingsley Hotel

The Imperial Hotel

Best Cork Restaurant

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The best Restaurant award acknowledges excellence in quality, service, price and ambiance. Entrants had to demonstrate high standards in food quality, cost, efficiency, customer service, imagination, attention to detail, marketing and how well the establishment functions as a business.

The nominees are:

O’Sullivans Gastropub, Douglas

The Anglers

The Elmtree

Best Cork Café

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The best Café award recognises excellence in customer service, business innovation, premises ambiance and atmosphere. Entrants have to demonstrate high standards in food quality, cost, efficiency, imagination, attention to detail, marketing and how they have raised the profile of their business in this ever increasingly competitive sector.

The nominees are:

Maldron, South Mall

Cameron Bakery

Moody Café Vin

Best Cork VFI Pub

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The nominees for Best Cork Pub were selected, in the opinion of the judges, to demonstrate ‘best in class’ in the areas of innovation, creativity, ambiance, operational excellence and customer service. Open to VFI Members only.

The nominees are:

Liberty Bar

Shelbourne Bar

Franciscan Well BrewPub

Best Cork Retail Business

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The best Cork Retail Business should routinely strive for the highest standards across a number of key metrics such as customer service, value, visual merchandising, premises maintenance, marketing, and adaptability. High standards are particularly important given the very severe challenges currently facing Ireland’s retail industry. It is critical that the retail industry plays its part in consistently improving its offering to attract more customers, keep retail workers in jobs and simultaneously keep Cork city centre vibrant which in turn will re-engage citizens and customers alike.

The nominees are:

Herlihy’s Centra


Flowers by To Have and to Hold

Best Tourism Art Event

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This award is designed to recognise and reward an organisation, attraction, business or event that has excelled in tourism, contributing to growing tourist numbers and or the visitor experience in Cork.

The nominees are:

Cork Carnival of Science

Crawford Gallery – Programme of Events

Cork On a Fork

Best Professional Services Business

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This category was open to all businesses that provide a professional business service in the greater Cork city area. They include banking, legal, accounting, HR, recruitment, PR, marketing, architects, financial advisers, engineers, consultants, training providers, strategic advice etc. They can be any organisation or profession that offers customised, knowledge-based services to clients. Entrants had to explain what their professional business service is and demonstrate their commitment to customer service excellence within their particular service provided.

The nominees are:

ANuMe Medical

Alpha Wealth

DBFL Consulting Engineering


Best Cork Digital Business

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This award will be presented to a company or organisation that can practically demonstrate how they have embraced the digital age and built their company around, or adapted their business strategy to adopt a more future focused, digitally powered approach. This category is open to all businesses, regardless of their stage in the business life-cycle.

The nominees are:

Kilkenny Design

Craving Cork

Synergy Credit Union

Champion of Cork Award

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This award recognises a Corkonian whom the judges believe has made a real difference to Cork and its people, be it through driving business, their contribution to the arts, their charitable work, their efforts in developing our city or their passion and drive for promoting all things Cork. 

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Join us at the CBA Annual Dinner & Cork Business of the Year Awards April 13th, Radisson Hotel, Little Island

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The CBA President’s Dinner and Cork Business of the Year Awards is always a highlight for local businesses and will take place in The Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, Little Island, on Saturday April 13th, 2024. 



Top chefs and award-winning producers will 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 on sale now HERE!