Finalists for the CBA Cork Business of the Year Awards announced!

The Cork Business Association (CBA) has announced the finalists of the '2019 Cork Business of the Year Awards’. The overall winners will be announced at their black-tie President’s Dinner on 22nd February at Cork’s Vienna Woods Hotel.

President’s Dinner and Awards Ceremony will include a special Chefs of Cork Dinner

Chefs from seven Cork hotels will work together on this showcase dinner, representing their hotel and restaurant.  Be prepared to enjoy a culinary feast Cork might not have seen before.

The Awards, which are run in partnership with JCD and The Irish Examiner, recognise the outstanding contribution of businesses and individuals working diligently across varied sectors of business in Cork City and its environs. They are judged by an independent panel of judges.

We are glad to announce that the finalists of the Cork Business of the Year Awards are:

Best in Retail (sponsored by Cork City Council):
Cork Art Supplies
Sheena’s Boutique
Samui Fashion’s

Best Hotel (sponsored by Kings Laundry):
Clayton Cork City
Cork International Hotel
The Maldron South Mall

Best in Arts, Events and Tourism (sponsored by Irish Hotels Federation):
CADA Performing Arts
Nano Nagle Place
Cork International Choral Festival

Best New Business (sponsored by the Local Enterprise Office):
Sisu Aesthetic Clinic
PV Generation

Best Family Business (sponsored by Musgrave):
The Courtyard on Sober Lane
John Daly Opticians
The Herlihy Group

Best in Digital (sponsored by B2B Signs & B2B Print):
Red FM
Visit Cork
Yay Cork

Best Restaurant (sponsored by The English Market):
The Cornstore Restaurant
The Spitjack, Rotisserie & Brasserie
Orchids Restaurant in Hayfield Manor

Best Café (sponsored by The English Market):
Café Gusto
The Parlour Café
Café Marius

Best VFI Pub (sponsored by the VFI):
The Franciscan Well Bar
The Oliver Plunkett

Best in Professional Business Services (sponsored by Peninsula):
Springboard PR & Marketing
Career Training Internships

On the night three other awards will be presented… the overall Cork Business of Year (medium business and large business categories), and The Champion of Cork award, which was created to praise, honour and recognise a Corkonian who 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.

Commenting on the shortlist, President of Cork Business Association Philip Gillivan said,

“This year we received a record number of entrants and I would like to congratulate each of our very deserving finalists. To be a finalist is a wonderful achievement, and I wish everyone the best of luck on the night. I would like to sincerely thank all of our sponsors, in particular our award sponsor JCD, event partner AIB, and media partner The Irish Examiner”

The awards will be presented at the CBA’s glittering black-tie President’s Dinner in Cork’s Vienna Woods on Saturday 22nd February 2020. The year, the menu will be extra special as some of Cork’s finest chefs have joined forces with Vienna Woods to create a culinary feast. They will present daring and delicate dishes that not only showcase their individual creativity but also use the best local produce that can be found in and around Cork.  This is the first time that such a collaboration has taken place in Cork.

Tickets are priced at €120 and include a pre-dinner drinks reception, a three-course meal, wine, spot prizes and stellar live entertainment. To book online click here or for more information contact (021) 427 8295 or see


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